Week Overview

DateSchedule
Friday, Feb 146PM: Depart U.S. (Dulles) to Amsterdam
(TRAVEL DAY)
Saturday, Feb 1510:05AM: Depart Amsterdam to Entebbe, Uganda
(TRAVEL DAY)10:20PM: Arrive in Entebbe, travel to Kampala, check in hotel
8:30-9:30AM: Group Breakfast
Serena Hotel, Kampala
Sunday, Feb 16
9:30-11AM: Welcome and Operational Briefing with Study Tour Coordinators
Serena Hotel, Kampala
PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF TOUR OBJECTIVES AND HIGHLIGHTS RE: GLOBAL HEALTH & NCDs IN UGANDAWelcome and overview of MSH’s work in Uganda by Stephen Lwanga, MSH Country Representative; review of briefing book and overview of week activities and expectations with study tour coordinators.
11AM-1PM: Travel to Ugandan Cultural Site (snacks in transport)
(Casual dress; Business casual dress for Health in Uganda dinner)Car
1-3:30PM: Educational and Historical Activities: Source of the Nile (lunch at Jinja Nile Resort)
Jinja
This trip will set the tone for the first few days by learning the history of politics, economics and health of Uganda. Historic Jinja is the source of the Nile River is also an opportunity to see a rural community dependent on the local river.
3:30-5:30 PM: Return Travel to Hotel
Car
7-9 PM: Health in Uganda Dinner and Discussion
Serena Hotel, Kampala
Dinner followed by panel discussion on the big picture of health in Uganda and how resources are being leveraged to address noncommunicable diseases
7:30-8:30 AM: Group Breakfast
Serena Hotel, Kampala
9-9:30AM: Travel to Ministry of Health
Monday, Feb 17Car
US Holiday 9:30-10:30AM: Meeting with Uganda Ministry of Health
Kampala
OVERVIEW OF UGANDAN HEALTH SYSTEMS AND SITE VISITS Meet with the Minister of Health and his staff to learn about Ministry priorities and how it addresses health systems
10:30-11AM: Travel to Cancer Institute
(Business casual dress)Car
11AM-12:30PM: Site Visit: Cancer Institute
Kampala
Tour facilities and meet with institute director to understand how cancer and NCDs impact Uganda and learn how funding is being implemented in treatment and prevention
12:30-1PM: Travel to local restaurant
Car
1- 2:30PM: Lunch at Faze 2
Kampala
2:45-3:30PM: Travel to Joint Clinical Research Center
Car
Monday, Feb 173:30-5PM: Site Visit: Joint Clinical Research Center
US HolidayKampala
(continued) Meet with staff and tour facilities to see how government investments in diverse partnerships can advance clinical research and achieve specific health goals that produce broad results
5-6PM: Return Travel to Serena Hotel
OVERVIEW OF UGANDAN HEALTH SYSTEMS AND SITE VISITS Car
7-8:30PM: Dinner with Local Health Leaders
Serena Hotel, Kampala
Dinner and discussion with the local health leaders that the participants met with on the day’s site visits
6:30-7:15AM: Group Breakfast
Serena Hotel, Kampala
7:30-9:30AM: Travel to Health Centre IV
Car
Tuesday, Feb 189:30-11AM: Site Visit: Health Centre IV
Mpigi District
Observe the impact of the MSH-led STRIDES for Family Health project in improving health services and capacity building; Learn more about the role of health service providers in growing and sustaining a strong health system
11AM-1PM Travel to local restaurant (snacks in transport)
SITE VISITS TO SEE HOW INVESTMENTS ARE IMPLEMENTED IN THE FIELD Car
1-2PM: Lunch at Khana Khazana
(Business casual dress; Business professional for Public and Private Partnerships for Health dinner)Kampala
2:15-2:45PM: Travel to Mulago Hospital
Car
2:45-4:45PM: Site Visit: Mulago Hospital
Kampala
Meet staff and tour heart institute, NCD and renal wards to learn about the progress made and challenges faced by the public healthcare system. Meeting with team from Yale Global Health Leadership Institute
4:45-5:15 PM: Return to Hotel
Car
5:15-6:45 PM: Shower and prepare for dinner event
Serena Hotel, Kampala
7-8:30PM: Partnerships for Global Health: Dinner and Discussion
Serena Hotel, Kampala
Dinner followed by panel discussion with key private partners and the Chairman of the Parliament’s Committee on Health
9-10AM: Group Breakfast
Serena Hotel, Kampala
Wednesday, Feb 19
US GOVERNMENT-FOCUSED DAY
(Business casual dress)10:15-11AM: Travel to U.S. Embassy
Car
11-11:30AM: Meeting with U.S. Ambassador
Kampala
Foreign policy briefing
11:30AM-1PM: Interagency Meeting
US GOVERNMENT-FOCUSED DAYKampala
Meeting with officials from USAID, CDC, NIH, Walter Reed to discuss how each agency’s work in Uganda supports U.S. policy objectives in peace and security, democracy and governance, health, education and economic growth
NOTE: Rwanda is one hour behind Uganda1-1:30PM: Travel to restaurant
Car
1:30-3PM: Lunch at Mediterraneo
Kampala
3-3:30PM: Return travel to hotel
Car
3:30-4PM: Load luggage into cars
Kampala
4PM: Depart Hotel to Entebbe Airport (restaurant at airport for dinner)
Car
8:50PM: Depart Entebbe to Kigali
8:35PM: Arrive Kigali, check in to hotel (snacks available upon arrival in Kigali)
(20 mins from Kigali airport to Serena Hotel)
7:30-8:30AM: Group Breakfast
Serena Hotel, Kigali
Briefing / outline of day by study tour coordinators and MSH Rwanda Country Representative Apolline Uwayitu during the meal
8:30-9:15AM: Travel to Busanza Health Center
Bus
9:15-11:15AM: Site Visit: Busanza Health Center
Kigali District
Thursday, Feb 20Visit facilities and learn how the center manages community-based health insurance and the health management information system as key components of a strong and integrated health system. Learn how the center utilizes community health workers to improve local access to healthcare including for chronic diseases like tuberculosis
11:15-11:45AM: Travel to Kibagabaga Hospital (snacks in transport)
Bus
11:45AM-12:45PM: Site Visit: Kibagabaga Hospital
SITE VISITS TO SEE THE IMPACT OF USG-FUNDED HEALTH SYSTEM STRENGTHENING EFFORTSKigali District
Meet with staff and tour facilities including labs and the blood bank. Learn how the hospital’s efforts link with those of Busanza Health Center and the CNTS to create an integrated and comprehensive health service delivery system
12:45-1PM: Travel to US Embassy
(Business casual dress; Business professional for Together for Health receptionBus
1-2:30PM: Lunch Meeting at US Embassy
Kigali
Briefings from the Deputy Chief of Mission and agency heads; discussion of USG-funded support and how it aligns with country-led health system strengthening efforts in Rwanda. Includes historical overview and trends, followed by a Q&A session (catered lunch served)
2:30-3PM: Travel to Centre Nationale de Transfusion de Sanguine (CNTS) and National Reference Lab (NRL)
Bus
3-4:15PM: Site Visits: Centre Nationale de Transfusion de Sanguine (CNTS) and National Reference Lab (NRL)
Kigali
CDC’s national health systems strengthening work
4:15PM: Return to Hotel
Walk across street from CNTS and NRL
4:30-6:00PM: Rest, prepare for Together for Health reception
Serena Hotel, Kigali
6:00-6:30PM: Travel to USAID Deputy Chief of Mission’s Residence
Bus
6:30- 8:00 PM: Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact
Residence of USAID-Rwanda’s Deputy Chief of Mission
Formal reception with local NGO partners celebrating the importance of collaboration and partnership in health systems strengthening
7-8AM: Group Breakfast and Rwinkwavu Briefing
Serena Hotel, Kigali
Friday, February 21
(continued)
8-10AM: Travel to Rwinkwavu (snacks in transport)
Bus
SITE VISITS TO SEE HOW INVESTMENTS ARE IMPLEMENTED IN THE FIELD AND HIGHLIGHTS OF GLOBAL HEALTH & NCDs IN RWANDA10-11AM: PIH Briefing
Rwinkwavu Training Center, Rwinkwavu
Receive overview of PIH’s work in Rwanda and how they leverage the leadership, skills, and experience of patients, local governments, and other partners to strengthen healthcare services in local communities
11AM-12:30PM Tour of Rwinkwavu District Hospital, NCD Clinic and Health Center
Rwinkwavu
(Business casual dress; Business professional for dinner with the Rwandan Minister of Health)Witness firsthand the impact of public-private partnerships in improving health care training, strengthen referral and procurement systems and build capacity at health care facilities; visit led by Partners in Health, which supports the Ministry of Health in running the hospital
12:30-1:15PM: Working Lunch
Rwinkwavu Training Center, Rwinkwavu
1:30-3PM: Patient Visits
Rwinkwavu village
Witness firsthand the local impact of trained community health workers and the importance of strong community outreach programs in improving health education and service delivery
3-5PM: Return travel to Kigali (snacks in transport)
Bus
5-7PM: Shower, rest, prepare for dinner
Serena Hotel, Kigali
7- 8:30 PM: Dinner and Discussion with Rwandan Minister of Health- Vision for Rwanda
Serena Hotel, Kigali
Intimate dinner followed by formal presentation by the Minister of Health on the Ministry’s work— how it is addressing health systems, donor partnerships and investments and successes and challenges looking beyond 2015
9:30-10:30AM: Breakfast (on your own)
Serena Hotel, Kigali
10:30AM-12PM: Study Tour Debrief Session
Serena Hotel, Kigali
Highlight major takeaways from the week’s events and discuss how key insights and strategies can be applied elsewhere. Review post-trip follow-up communications and activities
12-1 PM: Lunch
Restaurant, Serena Hotel, Kigali
Saturday, Feb 22 (TRAVEL DAY)1-1:45PM: Shower, pack, checkout (dress in comfortable travel clothing; hotel to hold bags)
Serena Hotel, Kigali
(Casual dress)1:45-2PM: Travel to Genocide Memorial
Bus
2-4PM: Tour of Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
Kigali
Rwanda’s history of recent conflicts is explored and specific focus is placed on how the country has been rebuilding its infrastructure and health systems following the devastating events of the past.
4-4:15PM: Return to Hotel
Bus
4-6PM: Dinner, prepare to depart for airport
Serena Hotel, Kigali
6PM: Depart for Kigali Airport
Bus shuttle
8:25PM: Depart Kigali to Amsterdam
Sunday, Feb 2312:50PM: Depart Amsterdam to U.S.
3:30PM: Arrive at Dulles