ICC – Uganda

the history | the impact | the people


The Injury Control Centre – Uganda’s vision is to become a lead agency in injury prevention and control, contributing to a major reduction of the injury burden nationally and internationally. Its mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of injury through research, advocacy, design and evaluation of interventions, and implementation of injury management programs.

The History

ICC-U started its work in 1996 and was incorporated in May 1998. ICC-U addresses injury in its broadest scope, in a scientific, sustainable, collaborative and political manner with the guiding principles of equity and integrity. ICC-U is designated WHO Collaborating Center for Violence and Injury Prevention and Control, Secretariat for Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa (IPIFA), as well as the lead organization for Safe Kids Worldwide and Affiliate Support Center for the Swedish WHO initiative, Safe Communities.

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The Impact

ICC-U distributes reflectors to school children. Photo © ICC-U

ICC-U has implemented programs, such as traffic safety education and speed control, peace building/non-violence conflict resolution, home/school safety education, visibility enhancement for cyclists, Trauma Team Training, injury surveillance and CRASH studies.

 

Through hospital monitoring and community surveys, traffic injury, violence, and drowning have been identified as priorities for intervention. ICC-U data has shown that gender-based violence occurs in 50% of Ugandan households. ICC-U addresses injury in its broadest scope, in a scientific, sustainable, collaborative, and political manner, working in the areas of research, training, advocacy, community intervention, and surveillance.

The ICC–U has a resource centre with a collection of publications including periodicals, books, newsletters, handbooks, conference proceedings, manuals, dissertations, proposals, teaching videos & publications on CDs and government policy documents. The principal role of the Resource Center is to cater for the literature requirements of the scientific workers in the field of Injury. ICC-U publications include research published in peer reviewed journals, conflict resolution course books, injury prevention manual for schools, road and home safety booklets, trauma team training manuals and psychosocial trauma management and counseling skills for teachers.

In 2009, ICCU helped sort and distribute over $400,000 worth of new surgical and medical books, as part of the CNIS African Information Initiative, Supporting Surgical Libraries.

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The People

Some of the staff members of the Injury Control Centre-Uganda in 2009. Photo © R. Lett

The board and the ICC-U staff continue to be committed and active. The ICC-U board is chaired by Prof. Fred Wabwire-Mangen (of the Institute of Public Health, Makerere University) with Mr. Jack Wavamunno (of the Federation of Motor Sports Club of Uganda) as Vice-Chair and six supporting board members. The Executive Director of ICC-U is Mable T. Nakitto. The acting Administrator, Mr. Jerome Nsajju, is the IPIFA Program Officer and Mr. Boniface Mutatina is the Researcher, with Mr. Jenaro Okot as Peace Building Project coordinator.

 

ICC-U is markedly starting to diversify it’s funding. CNIS has a new Memorandum of Understanding with ICC-U indicating CNIS support of the organization until 2013.

For more information, go to ICC-U.

Kampala – Injury Control Centre (ICCU)
Prof. Fred Wabwire
Board Chair
Prof. Fred Wabwire
Mable N. Tomusange
Executive Director
Mable N. Tomusange

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