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Uganda team progress report

  1. 1. Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change Shuaib Lwasa Didas Namanya
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Conducted the pilot study in three settlements of the Batwa of Kitariro, Kihembe and Kitahurira. </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Priority research areas and interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Training and capacity building </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership and project management and coordination </li></ul>
  3. 4. Pilot study in three settlements <ul><li>Batwa of Kitariro, Kihembe and Kitahurira </li></ul><ul><li>An estimated 800 Batwa in the district of Kanungu </li></ul><ul><li>Propose to work in all settlements of the Batwa </li></ul>
  4. 5. Partners <ul><li>MoH, MAK Department of Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with community based organizations; BDP, BCH, UOBDU </li></ul><ul><li>Buhoma Community Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Local government for collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Batwa Development Program have accepted to collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>UNRHO which is a co-applicant but also provide space if needed for coordination of the project activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An opportune for the project for knowledge translation that will require working with stakeholders including the organizations for exchange and uptake of knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Priority research areas and interventions <ul><li>Food security, change of diet, inadequate land and dependence of agri-labor, tourism services </li></ul><ul><li>Health challenges (access to both modern health services and traditional health systems), but also malaria burden among the people. Important is the differential burden of disease by age groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential linkage to climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Water access challenges due to variable climate and droughts. Terrain also affects water accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Resource entitlements and rights in respect to forest based resources is also an issue of priority which we hope to investigate more given the selective acceptance of some settlements and not others. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Priority research………… <ul><li>The threat to indigenous health knowledge systems. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiatives underway to document, transfer to young generations and preserve this knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Global resource governance shaped by conservation and tourism promotion by UWA. The issue of co-benefits from the global resource governance based on edge communities in CC context </li></ul><ul><li>Identified the limited knowledge and or predisposition by local administration about the Batwa systems. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Training and capacity building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 PhD students and 4 MSc students two of whom will be working on topics directly related to the PhD’s. idea is to build capacity of PhD students to co-supervise MSc. Theses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge translation will ink to curriculum development but we are weary of the models for curriculum development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity building for stakeholders including local government and communities. Advancing the concept of ‘climate leaders’ through a knowledge exchange platform </li></ul></ul>Priority research…………
  8. 9. Research-policy interface <ul><ul><li>Influencing policy is critical in Uganda just like it is elsewhere. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher institutions and authorities have characteristic views about Batwa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unfortunately some of the biases are; drug abuse, social relations (Batwa girls and Bakiga men) which indicates prejudices about the indigenous group. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The current health policy which is under review is also largely silent about indigenous communities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UNFCCC SBSTA emphasized tapping into and learning form indigenous knowledge. This is an opportunity to demonstrate the sustainability of adaptations based on indigenous knowledge rather than negating them </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Propose to utilize the knowledge exchange platform to attempt at influencing policy </li></ul>
  9. 10. Benefits to Batwa and Uganda government <ul><li>Expected to deepen understanding of adaptation to climate change among the Batwa. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced knowledge for Batwa, academics, students, local authorities and policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>Document IK on the Batwa Health system </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity development among the Batwa and communities in respect to advocacy, climate leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot projects and interventions around which capacity is expected to be developed </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to inform IPCC on adaptation of indigenous health systems </li></ul>
  10. 11. Leadership and project management <ul><ul><ul><li>Output-based framework of implementation which would require expertise in a particular area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Model offers high chances of contributing to uniqueness and aligns with IDRC requirements </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Faces of the meetings
  12. 13. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>Gracias! </li></ul><ul><li>Merci! </li></ul>