The Joint Annual Scientific Health Conference 2019 | JASHC 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline is 21st October 2019 at 2359HRS EAST



15th Joint Annual Scientific Health (JASH) Conference 2019



4th Grand Doctors Conference



27th Annual conference





17th Annual Dr. Matthew Lukwiya Memorial Lecture

Dear researchers, health workers, policymakers, students and members of the civil Society, 

On behalf of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) and Uganda Medical Association (UMA), we take this opportunity to invite and welcome you to the 15th Joint Annual Scientific Health (JASH) Conference of MakCHS and 4th Grand Doctors Conference of UMA. Every year, the MakCHS together with partners organizes a 3-days Joint Annual Scientific Health (JASH) conference, where health/medical researchers from Makerere University, other Universities / Health Institutions present and discuss their work to an audience of Health Scientists from within and outside Uganda.  

This year’s conference is being organized by 4 key partners:

  • Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) - 15th JASH Conference.

  • Uganda Medical Association (UMA) - 4th Grand Doctors Conference   

  • Uganda National Association of Community & Occupational Health(UNACOH) 27th conf

  • World Health Organization (WHO) – 17th annual Dr. Mathew Lukwiya Memorial Lecture

…… under the theme:  ‘Unmasking Silent Epidemics’


Conference dates:  Wednesday 06th - Friday 08th November 2019.

Venue: Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda. 

Audience: 600 – 700 Doctors, Health Scientists &Policy makers in Uganda, Africa/Global Agencies

Guest of Honour:  H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda.


Sub Saharan Africa, Uganda in particular is facing many health challenges of epidemic status but which are least appreciated by policy makers, the health work force, the populations/patients who are directly affected.  Examples of such health challenges include the antimicrobial drug resistance silent epidemic, Road Traffic Accidents epidemic, e.t.c. 

During this year’s conference attention will be focused on unmasking with data, some of these silent epidemics, and we hope to create widespread scientifically-evidenced awareness about these health challenges as a major step towards paving solutions to mitigate/prevent them.                                                                      

The purpose of this letter is to:  

  1. Invite you and your institution/organization to register so as to attend, submit abstracts, and present at the conference.

  2. Request you to generously contribute funds towards the conference costs 

  3. Invite you to exhibit your goods and/or services at the conference.


For details, visit the Conference Websites: and


We look forward to your organization’s active participation in the conference.



Dr. Freddie Bwanga 
M.B; Ch.B, M. Med., Ph.D. 
Chair, 15th JASH Conference 2019 
Makerere University College of Health Sciences

Dr. Emmanuel Alex Elobu - Chairperson, UMA 4th Grand Doctors Conference 
Tel. 0782 714892 Email: 
Kati House, Kyaggwe Road Kampala, Uganda

Prof. Fred Kironde, PhD. - Chair, 4th Antimicrobial Resistance Conference
Habib Medical School, Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), for Ministry of Health, Kampala Uganda 



Conference Theme

THEME:  ‘Unmasking Silent Epidemics’

Uganda is facing many health challenges of epidemic potential but which are ‘’swept under the carpet’’. Examples are the Boda Boda accidents epidemic, antimicrobial drug resistance, etc which are serious and realistic health threats already causing scores of morbidities and mortality in sections of the population but which are not yet well appreciated. During this year’s conference attention will be focussed on unmasking these kinds of silent epidemics, and we hope to create widespread scientifically-evidenced awareness about these health challenges as a major step towards paving solutions to mitigate/prevent them.

JASH 2019 Sub Themes

  1. Antimicrobial Drug Resistance Silent Epidemic – Scientific papers on the rapidly developing burden of antimicrobial (Antibiotic) drug resistance including burden, mechanisms, causes, driving factors, and interventions to mitigate antibacterial, Anti-HIV, Anti-malarial drug resistance and other life threatening resistance forms will be discussed.   

  2. Infectious Diseases Epidemics - TB, HIV, Hepatitis viruses, Ebola and other Infections - Scientific papers on the trends of these infections, new vaccines, new drugs, new diagnostic techniques, and public health interventions shall be considered.

  3. Pseudo Epidemics – Abstracts on the causes, spectrum, perspectives and burden of Pseudo epidemics such as ‘’Bacterial Infections’’, ‘’Typhoid’’, Brucella’’, ‘’Syphilis’’, ‘’Hepatits C’’, shall be considered.

  4. Lifestyle Diseases Silent epidemics - Abstracts on the burden, causes, and epidemiology of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and genetic diseases such as sickle cell, Asthma, etc shall be considered.

  5. Health Systems, Occupational and Environmental Health: Abstracts on how the health systems issues such as leadership, working environments, e.t.c and how these help silent epidemics to prosper shall be considered.

  6. Invisible Surgical Epidemics – Abstracts on the silent yet rapidly emerging surgical epidemics such as the Boda Boda-related injury epidemics shall be discussed

  7. Climate Change and Oil Health-related epidemics. Under this subtheme, abstracts on how climate change/oil mining relates to health-related epidemics shall be considered.  Any other Health issues associated with the Oil and Gas Industry shall be discussed.                                       

  8. The Cancer Silent Epidemic – Updates on current cancer epidemics shall be discussed

  9. Maternal-Child health Silent epidemics – Health issues such as maternal related health issues, neonatal health, and the return of measles, etc shall be discussed               

Chose any of the above subthemes under which your abstract should be submitted.  

If you are unable to choose a subtheme, just submit the abstract. The Scientific subcommittee will help you to place the abstract in the appropriate subtheme. Abstracts misplaced under the wrong sub-theme by the submitter shall be placed in the proper sub-theme by the scientific committee of the conference.

JASH Conference 2019 Visa, Exhibition, Travel, Fees and payments, and Abstract Information

All participants are required to register. Register at:
If you are unable to register online, send an email to



Several airlines including Uganda Airlines, KLM, Brussels airlines, Kenya airways, Turkish airways, Emirates, South African airways, Rwandair, Ethiopian Airlines, and many others operate at Entebbe International airport. Once at the airport you can take a taxi to the conference venue or the shuttle from your hotel may be available. Participants who will not be staying at the conference venue will meet their own transport to and from the venue. Again the secretariat can help with information about suitability of hotels.

Hotel Accommodation 

Contact the individual Hotels or Contact the Secretariat for advice.

As your prepare to attend the conference, look through the following resources or contact the secretariate for clairfication

Conference Secretariate

Makerere University College of Health Sciences
School of Biomedical Science
Microbiology-Pathology Building 2nd floor, Room C22,
P. O Box 7072 Kampala, Uganda
Ritah Nakiwala 0780 447 206 / Dr. Freddie Bwanga 0772 662 876
E-mail: Website: