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Tuesday, 20th November 2018
Yesterday the 19th of November 2018 marked an important landmark in the history of both Lubaga Hospital based in Kampala-Uganda and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London UK. At an event attended by the Chief Executives of both institutions, the High Commissioner of Uganda to the UK, senior clinical and training staff of Moorfields Eye Hospital and a team of four nurses from Uganda, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed to bolster the relationship between the two hospitals.

In his opening remarks the Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital David Probert welcomed the High Commissioner of Uganda to the UK His Excellency Julius Peter Moto and thanked him for gracing the occasion with his presence. He acknowledged the presence of Moorfields Eye Hospital staff who had been involved in the partnership with Lubaga Hospital for a period of two years. He recognised Ms. Primrose Magala for her zeal in initiating this partnership. The Chief Executive introduced the respective Directors with whom he would work to execute the various aspects of the MOU notably the Ms. Tracy Luckett Moorfields Director of Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals and Prof. Nora Colton the Joint Director of Education 'Moorfileds and University College London.

He then welcomed Dr. Andrew Ssekitooleko the Executive Director Lubaga Hospital to give his remarks. Dr. Andrew gave a brief background of the Lubaga Hospital and shared how the partnership with Moorfields had benefited the Hospital in the past two years. He noted that the burden of preventable eye disease in Uganda was overwhelming in the face of the very few professionals available in the country. This MOU therefore is meant to benefit Ugandans by creating an opportunity of skills transfer from the Centre of Excellence at Moorfields to healthcare professionals working in eye care in Uganda. To this end two staff of the National Referral Hospital Mulago (Public Health sector) were invited to join two nurses from Lubaga Hospital (Private Health Sector) to attend the first training sessions that will last two weeks in London.

His Excellency the High Commissioner Julius Peter Moto expressed gratitude to both parties to the MOU on behalf of the Government of Uganda and on behalf of the Uganda-UK Health Care Alliance (UUKHA) on which he serves as a Member of Board. He shared UUKHA's objective as to promote global learning and sharing of best practice between Uganda and UK based organisations interested in health. His witnessing of the signing of this agreement gave him the assurance of growth and development of the health sector in Uganda. The High Commissioner requested that, should resources allow, Northern Uganda which has a high rate of blindness should be considered as well.

The MOU was then signed by both Chief Executives.

Present at Signing of MOU

1. HE High Commissioner Julius Peter Moto High Commission of the Republic of Uganda

2. Mr David Probert -Moorfields CEO

3. Dr. Andrew Ssekitooleko Executive Director Lubaga Hospital

4. Mr Nick Strouthedis - New Moorfields Medical Director

5. Tracy Luckett - Moorfields Director of Nursing and Allied Healthcare professionals

6. Prof. Nora Colton - Joint Director of Education -Moorfields and UCL

7. Professor Lyndon da Cruz

8. The Executive PA, Debbie Bryant

9. Dr Dawn Sim - Royal College of Ophthalmology - London

10. Helen Gibbons - Moorfields Education Lead

11. Adam Mapani - Honorary Nurse Consultant -MEH

12. Tendai Gwenhure - Senior Clinical Educator -MEH

13. Fardowsa Didir - Senior Clinical Educator-MEH

14. Mrs Tanvi Shah- Senior Optometrist - MEH

15. Primrose Magala Senior Staff Nurse MEH

16. Winnie Nakamanya Staff Nurse-Lubaga Hospital

17. Maureen Nassimbwa Staff Nurse-Lubaga Hospital

18. Rosette Birabwa Staff Nurse Mulago Hospital

19. Rhoda Kadde Nurse Mulago Hospital