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)

August 2022 – July 2024

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 Arek Dakessian is Acting Principal Investigator (2023). They are working with colleagues from the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium (Professor Karina Kielmann, Co-Principal Investigator), Makerere School of Public Health, Uganda (Professor Freddie Ssengooba, Co-Principal Investigator, Dr Justine Namakula, Researcher Co-Investigator), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK (Professor Janet Seeley, Co-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.

Dr Liz Storer (Queen Mary University London), Dr Fred Martineau (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Adelaine Aryaija-Karemani (Makerere School of Public Health) and Dr Nandini Sarkar (Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp) are Researchers supporting data collection, analysis, and dissemination activities within the project.

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Principal Investigators

Dr Georgina Pearson 0131 474 0000
Dr Arek Dakessian 0131 474 0000