IDI Launches New Strategic Plan 2013-2018

On 20 February 2014, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) launched the new IDI Strategic Plan 2013-2018 at an event held at IDI Mulago.  The event was presided over by Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of State for Health in charge of general duties, and graced by Dr. Okello Ogwang, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Makerere University; Prof. Nelson Sewankambo, the Principal of the College of Health Sciences of Makerere University, Dr. Tadesse Wuhib, CDC Uganda Country Director; the Principals and Deputy Principals of various colleges of Makerere University; NGO Executive Directors; HIV/AIDS focal persons from various organisations; partners; journalists and friends of IDI. The event which also served as IDI’s Open Day gave IDI an opportunity to showcase its work and innovations in improving national, regional and global health.

The new IDI Strategic Plan builds on the largely successful previous IDI Strategic Plan 2008-2013.  During that period, IDI witnessed the expansion of its services throughout Uganda and beyond, and saw the Institute further establish itself as a center of excellence in infectious diseases.

In the new plan, IDI will continue to focus on infectious diseases research, capacity building and service delivery, as well as the strengthening health systems in the context of local and national government strategies and priorities.  IDI will continue to seek to influence national, regional and global policies and best practice through research publications and documentation of best practice.

IDI will also maintain a focus on excellence and quality in all areas, playing its full part in enhancing the good name and reputation of the College of Health Sciences within Makerere University - of which IDI is part - particularly through contributions to research and national capacity building.

In response to the continuing and emerging needs in Uganda and Africa, IDI will be enlarging its scope of activities to include research, prevention and treatment related to more infectious diseases, employ a variety of approaches to capacity development making use of latest technology, and provide Technical Assistance in more areas of health systems strengthening and management.  IDI will also support enhanced integration of services at points of delivery to improve convenient access to comprehensive and more cost-effective services.

IDI will continue to build initial capacity, but will increasingly focus on maintaining, updating and refreshing capacity in the context of quality assurance systems.  There will be a continuing emphasis on improving quality across all areas of IDI, covering both main programmes and support services; IDI will also seek greater accreditation of its various programmes and functions both nationally and international, and look towards linking with all appropriate elements of the health system, including the private sector.

IDI’s strategy continues to be ambitious and outward-looking, based on evidence and driven by needs, but also tempered by prudence and close attention to risk-management so as to sustain the institution and its programmes in the face of the continuing tough global economic conditions.

Please click here to view the 2013-2018 IDI Strategic Plan.