Internal Panel of Experts (IPE)

The Purpose of the IPE in Uganda

The ARISE Internal Panel of Experts for routine immunization system innovation (IPE-SI) serves as an internal reference group for the learning initiative’s system innovation work in Uganda. The group includes 12 members representing complementary areas of expertise including routine immunization, community health and development, health systems strengthening and organization, health policy, and public/private partnerships in health.

The purpose of the Ugandan Internal Panel of Experts (IPE) is twofold: First, the IPE strategically guides the ARISE SI team at key points during the life of the project. The IPE is also being deployed for advice to the project at critical junctures in design, implementation and discussion of strategies, lessons learned and possible replication in country. Second, the IPE serves as a core group of key stakeholders and representatives from the health sector and community whose participation in the ARISE SI project helps to validate the project’s work and garners host country national ownership of project processes implemented over the life of the project. In essence, the IPE aids in ensuring internal country buy-in for the project’s approach in the field.

The Objectives of the IPE in Uganda

  • To validate and apply in the field a theoretical framework and strategic approaches for system innovation;
  • To identify and provide access to Uganda-specific materials and experiences relevant to the project;
  • To serve as an advisory board, a learning board, and a panel of Ugandan stakeholders who will learn about and contribute to the ARISE system innovation work in order to potentially spread like methods elsewhere in Uganda;
  • To help to disseminate and position project findings, evidence, and recommendations to apply further when applicable.

The Terms of Reference of the IPE in Uganda

  • Participate in approximately 3-5 meetings in Uganda of the IPE over the life of the project at strategic points throughout the project;
  • Review documents/materials and advise on technical approaches and activities of the project, including: a) conceptual framework; b) tools, methodology and training materials; c) project measures; and d) documentation of experiences;
  • Advise on approaches for engaging participation at the national, district and local levels;
  • Participate in, and advise on, the best ways to articulate and disseminate findings from project implementation throughout the project at times that are most strategic for Uganda;

Qualifications of the IPE in Uganda

Taken together as a group, collectively the following areas of expertise are reflected in the IPE:

  • Strong knowledge of routine immunization in Uganda
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of health systems organization, management, policy and financing
  • Demonstrated experience in working in partnership with civil society organizations, community based organizations, as well as non governmental service delivery organizations
  • Expertise in health systems strengthening
  • Current relationships with the Ugandan Ministry of Health, consumer and civil society groups, and other institutions involved in routine immunization
  • Organizational or institutional affiliation that could potentially serve to cascade information to others outside of the project

Members of the IPE in Uganda

Dr. Patrick Banura WHO/EPI RI focal person
Dr. Eva Kabwongera UNICEF, Immunization Advisor, UNICEF
John Barenzi Retired (UNEPI Manager)
Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka President, Uganda Paediatric Association
Dr. Humphrey Mgere USAID, Health Care Improvement Project
Dr. Henry Mwebesa MOH, Quality Assurance Commissioner
Dr. Stuart Musisis DHO, Masaka
Winifred Tabaaro UNEPI Focal person for ARISE
Dr. Sendyona Martin MOH, Quality Assurance
Dr. Annette Kisakye WHO/EPI/IDSR
Robert Basaza MOH/Planning
Dr.Janex Kabarangira USAID/Health
Dr. Racheal Seruyange MOH, EPI Manager