Managing innovation for sustainable health – Training programme for professionals in DRC, Somalia and Uganda

Based on the 2030 Agenda, the aim of the programme is for participants to develop capacity to work successfully across sectors, using an innovative approach to strengthen both preventive and curative health care in DRC, Somalia and Uganda.

The purpose

The programme will strengthen participants' ability for more strategic decision-making in regard to SDG3, bridge the gap between what we know and effective action, to lead and facilitate innovation projects, as well as meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that lie in multisectoral collaboration.  When completing the programme participants become part of an international network of academics and practitioners representing a wide range of stakeholders working towards sustainable health.


July 2020 – June 2021. 


Topics include:

Agenda 2030 and sustainable health in fragile settings

  • What is sustainable health and what are the ways of getting there? Globally, regionally and nationally – in collaboration.
  • How is health delivered today and what can be improved.

Innovation and innovation management

  • What is innovation really, why is it important and how can it be a useful tool? Innovation management – how to facilitate innovation in your organisation and projects?

Multisectoral collaboration and implementation science

  • How to systematically close the gap between what we know and what we do? How to utilize proven health interventions and evidence-based practices by choosing the right implementation strategies.
Photo: Ian Kiragu


Managers representing stakeholders, in particular the public sector, crucial to the delivery and improvement of the health care system in DRC, Somalia and Uganda. The participating group is a diverse group of participants with regards to gender, age, background (professional and personal) and roles and responsibilities.

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is developed by the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH), a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Makerere University and other African academic partners and led by Karolinska Institutet, in collaboration with Makerere University, Benadir University, University of Kinshasa School of Public Health and Tinkr. The programme is being carried out with financial support from the Swedish Institute.

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The programme is organized in three modules and is mainly run online. There is a combination of webinars, lectures, interactive workshops as well as mentoring, and individual and team-based innovation projects addressing concrete challenges – relevant to the participants' institution. If the situation allows physical meetings and study visits in respective country will be facilitated.

The programme is based on the latest research and best practice delivered by academics and professionals from partnering institutions. It builds on both existing and new elements but combined in a novel way. We want to co-create this new way of learning and collaborating globally with the participants.

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH)

The programme builds on the newly initiated Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH), a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Makerere University and other African academic partners such as Benadir University in Mogadishu, Somalia, and University of Kinshasa School of Public Health in DRC, which aims to address the complex health challenges of today and tomorrow as situated within the broader 2030 Agenda.

The activities of the training programme are designed to promote the establishment of strong networks across sectors and nations connecting the participants also to the CESH network.

For more information about the application process, please contact:

Susanna Sjunneryd

Project coordinator

For information about programme content, please contact:

Karin Båge

Project coordinator

For questions regarding programme management, please contact:

Charles Batte

Project coordinator