Balancing Safety and Good Care during Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Uganda (BASYC)

Balancing safety and good care in the context of infectious disease outbreaks: learning health systems for infection prevention and control in Uganda (BASYC)

February 2021 – January 2023

This multi-disciplinary project examines infection prevention and control (IPC) practices in the context of care provision in Ugandan health facilities and communities facing recurrent epidemics.

Our analysis of distancing and personal protective measures for IPC is grounded in a broader mapping of geographic and social distance that characterise the material realities and practices of care in Uganda. Drawing on the experiences and institutional memory of health workers, lay caregivers and recipients of care, we aim to contribute to a ‘learning health system’ for epidemic preparedness during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Dr Georgina Pearson is Principal Investigator and Dr Karina Kielmann is Co-Principal Investigator. Together, they are responsible for conceptualisation and oversight of the project work packages, as well as ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality outputs. In addition to academic publications, we hope that our findings will contribute to refining national guidelines on IPC in Uganda and health provider training materials for epidemic preparedness.

Gimenne Zwama and Dr Aaron Karat are Research Fellows supporting data collection, analysis, and dissemination activities within the project.

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Dr Karina Kielmann

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