The Joint International Student’s Scientific Conference (JISSC) is an annual scientific conference organized by the Makerere University College of Health sciences Students Association (MAKCHSA). The MAKCHSA is an umbrella for all the different students associations at this prestigious college. The constituent associations are those of Medicine students, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Dental Surgery, Radiology, Cytotechnology, Optometry, and Environmental Health Students.  These represent all the students within the college and clearly show the multidisciplinary aspect to the conference.

The students of this prestigious college receive a holistic training that is not limited to the confines of the classroom. As part of their learning the students are encouraged to venture into the field of research and innovation. They are also invited to attend lots of such conferences during which they learn a lot about the practical application of the knowledge they learn in class out in the field. They also serve as ripe ground for the students to make acquaintances with fellow colleagues from other disciplines and universities with whom they can share ideas and also possibly collaborate with in certain works.

In retrospect therefore, the JISSC was started to provide students a platform where they could share their work with fellow students in different universities across the globe. . The first was held in 2015 under the theme “Global Health in the post MDG era power of the past, force of the future,” and was closed by the then State Minister for Health Dr. Chris Baryomunsi. The 2nd was held in 2016 under the theme “Achieving Quality Health and Well-Being: Our Contribution to the 2030 SDGs Agenda.”  It was privileged to be closed by Dr. Peter Eriki. The 3rd was held in 2018 under the theme “A Holistic Approach towards Addressing the Epidemiological Transition of Disease in Low and Middle-Income Countries.” Nine major recommendations emerged from the third JISSC with one of them being sensitizing the general population on key information about their health and seek opportunities to engage them in collective responsibility to address new challenges in the health system. It is in the same spirit that we are organizing the 4th Joint International Students Scientific Conference 2019.


There is a global commitment to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 following the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2015 in which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed on. The inclusion of UHC in the SDGs presents an opportunity to promote a comprehensive and coherent approach to health, focusing on health systems strengthening.

UHC is based on the principle that all individuals and communities should have access to quality essential health services without suffering financial hardship. This acknowledges health as a human right hence UHC has a direct impact on both individual and overall population health and wellbeing. Access to and use of health services enables people to be more productive and active contributors to their families, communities, and society at large. It also ensures financial risk protection and that children can go to school and learn. Finally, UHC is not only contributing to better health (SDG3), it also contributes to other SDGs, including economic growth and job creation (SDG8), poverty reduction (SDG1) gender equality (SDG5), education (SDG4) and nutrition (SDG2).

In short, UHC is a critical component of sustainable development and poverty reduction, a cornerstone of any effort to reduce social and gender inequities, and a hallmark of a government’s commitment to improve the wellbeing of all its citizens and promote health security and social cohesion. A commitment to UHC includes addressing the social determinants of health, such as education, living conditions and the wider set of forces affecting people’s health and their access to services. Hence, although the bulk of responsibility for achieving UHC lies with the health sector, multi-sectoral action is required.

Globally, there has been significant progress towards UHC, but challenges remain immense. Most parts of the world have seen expansion in the access to health services and coverage of key interventions over the last two decades yet, in many other countries, large coverage gaps remain, in particular for the poor and marginalized segments of the population. Despite advances in reducing the burden of communicable disease, rates remain high in many parts of the world for malnutrition, unmet need for sexual and reproductive health services, and maternal mortality. At the same time, the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs is growing so fast, accounting for 63 percent of deaths globally especially in low- and middle-income countries.

With unprecedented mobility of people, products, and food, the myriad of disease-causing microorganisms are also increasingly mobile. The worldwide resurgence of dengue fever, the global spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), and recent outbreaks of Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, avian influenza, and the Zika virus have shown how epidemics can proliferate and spread rapidly in the absence of strong responsive and resilient health systems, resulting in severe social and economic impacts.

It is against this background that the organizing committee of the 4th Joint International Students Scientific Conference 2019, thought it wise to dedicate this conference towards how all sectors can come up together in order to achieve universal health coverage. Thus, the theme “Multi-sectoral Inclusiveness towards Achieving Universal Health Coverage” was chosen to justify our resolve on achieving UHC 2030. The subthemes are all tailored towards bringing together all the solutions from different sectors for the attainment of UHC. We believe that attainment of UHC will not be responsibility of the Health sector alone, multi-sectoral action is required.


  • To appreciate the determinants towards achieving UHC.

  • To know the contributions from different sectors towards achieving UHC.

  • To ascertain the required training needed by students from different sectors to contribute effectively to UHC.

  • To establish how effectively students can contribute to UHC.

  • To share knowledge and experiences in addressing the different hinderances to achieving UHC.

  • To provide a platform for students to present their academic research work and other innovative ideas to their peers and other professionals.


The targeted participants are students, professionals, researchers and politicians from different sectors that directly or indirectly contribute to health and Universal Health Coverage, from Uganda, Africa and the entire world.


Plenary sessions including keynote speeches.

Parallel sessions

Panel sessions

Poster presentations.


A submission link and an email will be used in receiving the abstracts. They will be reviewed and then after the best written abstracts as per our subthemes will be announced and the authors notified to prepare a presentation of their project and making of an oral poster.

Deadline of Abstract submission: 15th January 2019 before 2359hrs EAT.


  • Abstracts should be submitted in English.

  • Abstract title should be typed in UPPER CASE. The title should define the topic and contain no abbreviations.

  • In the body of the abstract, standard abbreviations need not be defined; other abbreviations and acronyms should be defined on first use.

  • Generic names for pharmaceuticals, biologicals and medical devices should be used in place of trade names. Trade names should only be used if equivalent products from multiple manufacturers are being compared.

  • Do not include graphics, photographs or tables.

  • Maximum word count for the body of abstract is 400 words.

  • Submissions may have up to six authors (maximum two presenting authors).

  • The submitting Author’s name should appear first. All correspondence will be sent to the submitting author.

  • The submitting author must be one of the presenting authors.