Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, visited Uganda July 27-30 to examine U.S. and Uganda collaboration to protect both countries’ populations from disease threats.
Dr. Wilensky’s visit demonstrates the continued importance of U.S.-Ugandan partnership in advancing global health security.
At Mpondwe point of entry, she observed how US investments are supporting outbreak
surveillance and response to prevent cross-border disease spread.
Dr. Rochelle appreciated the work done by Baylor brave health workers at Mpodwe for identifying and managing Ebola cases in 2019 and successfully. This prevented community spread in Uganda.
She lauded the partnership between the US and Uganda governments in health and other medical fields, saying it has benefitted the people of Uganda.
While attending a press conference in Entebbe at. She is quoted by the Daily Monitor online to have stated said the “The CDC values the long and close partnership it maintains with Uganda’s Ministry of Health and our many strong partners like the Infectious Disease Institute, BAYLOR UGANDA, the Uganda Virus Research Institute, The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO), and many more,”
Dr. Walensky met with Government of Uganda counterparts and visited partners working on HIV service delivery, public health workforce development, public health emergency response, and global health security, among others.
She interacted with some of the talented women making advancing in medicine and public health, and setting an example on the importance of STEM education for girls and young women.
Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, a thank you note to Baylor Uganda for being a very impressive model programme that has provided leadership in Global Health Programming in Uganda.
In the communication sent on August 10th 2022, Rochelle said that “she was particularly impressed by the Global Health Security work she saw in Kasese and at Mpondwe border” Adding that the Baylor programs in place are a model for others to follow.