Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh recognised by Ugandan government for contribution to eliminating sleeping sickness

The University of Edinburgh's Global Health Academy has received a prestigious award from the Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) in recognition of its role in the "Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness" Consortium. 

The consortium was set up in 2006 as a public/private partnership between several partners including the University of Edinburgh, Makerere University, Kampala and COCTU, in response to an emergency situation arising in Northern Uganda where the two strains of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) – also known as “sleeping sickness”- threatened to converge. The University of Edinburgh’s contribution to the programme was led by Prof Sue Welburn, head of the Division of Pathway Medicine and Director of the Global Health Academy.  

The award citation reads:

On behalf of  the Government of Uganda, the Co-coordinating Office for Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) would like to recognize the Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh for the tremendous work you and your Institution as a member of the Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness (SOS) Consortium have done in Uganda on the control of trypanosomiasis.  Through the SOS Consortium a lot has been achieved and COCTU, on behalf of the Consortium emerged as the winter of Collaboration and Networking across Government Category for Year 2013.  I wish to congratulation you upon being part of this achievement.“

The Global Health Academy’s contribution will be recognised at an award ceremony presided over by the Ugandan Honorable Minister of State in charge of Animal Industry to held in Uganda on 27 February 2014.

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