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Greetings from EPN!

On behalf of the EPN Board Chair, Mr. Marlon Banda, Joint Medical Store’s Executive Director Dr. Bildard Baguma and on my own behalf, I would like to cordially invite you to the EPN Biennial Forum 2018 to be hosted by Joint Medical Store (EPN member) on 15th May to 17th May 2018 in Kampala, Uganda. On the 18th of May the General Meeting will take place for EPN members to attend.


Theme

The theme for the EPN Forum 2018 is ‘Promoting Patient Safety – Medication without Harm’. The Forum taps into the third WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to propose solutions that address the many obstacles the world faces to ensure the safety of medication practices. Medication harm to patients is an ongoing problem in many countries and not unique to lower and middle income countries (LMICs). Faith-based health facilities should take up the challenge to improve their patient’s safety through learning and knowledge sharing. The first step is attending the EPN Forum 2018.


Programme

On Monday 14th of May and Tuesday morning 15th of May a Pre-conference will be held on the Minilab project – Quality of Medicines, this event will be on invitation only. The EPN Forum 2018 will be official opened on Tuesday 15th of May at 2.00PM followed by plenary presentations. On the 16th and 17th the EPN Forum will commence with discussion that delve deeper into the strategies that ensure medication safety. The last distinct event will be the biennial General Meeting of EPN on 18th of May 2018. We anticipate that all activities will conclude by early afternoon on May 18th 2018, leaving time for fellowship and networking. The full program will be shared in due time.

Please take note that we have increased the number of days of the Forum to 3 days plus 1 and ½ days of a Pre-conference.


Poster presentations

As has been tradition over the years, time will be allocated for participants to view and discuss the posters that will be displayed from various member organizations. We encourage participants to submit their posters for presenting on the following topics:


● Best dispensing practices on addressing patient safety,
● Innovations in addressing AMR,
● Innovations in addressing NCDs,
● Other innovations including service provided since the 2016 Forum,
● Granular research you have been doing in your facility.


Kindly indicate on the registration form if you are planning to submit a poster to present. We will then, send you specification information such as the poster size among others.


Registration

Participants are expected to organize their own travel to Kampala, Uganda. Registration fee includes costs of airport transfers within Uganda, as well as meals and accommodation for 3 nights. In the event that your travel schedule requires that you spend more than 3 nights in Kampala, kindly contact the Secretariat as soon as possible. All participants are kindly requested to ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover incidental and other expenses. Medical cover is also to be organized by the participants for the unlikely event of an emergency.

The EPN Forum 2018 registration fees per participant are as follows: 

 

    Participant    Registration fee                                  Details
 EPN Member                   

   100 USD + 300 USD Accommodation

             Total 400 USD                                                                            

   Covers full board accommodation 3 nights,

conference package and airport transfers

 Non-EPN Member                            

   300 USD + 300 USD Accommodation

              Total 600 USD                              

   Covers full board accommodation 3 nights, conference package and airport   transfers
 Day Visitor               75 USD per day                                 Covers conference package (including lunch)


Transport and visa

When planning your trip, please note that the nearest airport to Kampala is Entebbe International Airport, where we will arrange the airport transfer service for you. We kindly request that you share your travel details with us immediately in order for us to facilitate your transfer. In order to confirm your attendance, please download and fill in the attached registration form or find the form here.

We shall await your completed registration form and a copy of proof of payment (payment details are within the registration form) submitted to the Secretariat via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For visa information, please check the following e-visa site for Uganda visas.immigration.go.ug to confirm whether you require a visa or not, including the expected duration for obtaining your visa. We are happy to provide a letter of support for your visa application, should you require one. As always, visa applications are best made as soon as possible.


Opportunities to sponsor

Unfortunately, not all our members are financially able to attend this beneficial EPN Forum nor can EPN fully support them. Therefore, organizations and individuals have an opportunity to sponsor the vital participation of hardworking health services organizations in the hard to reach places on the continent. EPN’s aim is to raise a minimum of $50,000 to enable the Network to come together. Partnering with EPN at the Forum will provide unique benefits, which are mentioned below.

                                                                                                     Sponsorship Benefits
Benefits Gold
 (min $8000)
Silver
 ($4000)
Bronze
($2500)
Complementary conference registration (s) 2 persons
(including 3 days meals and lodging)
1 person
(including 3 days meals and lodging)
1 person
(including 3 days meals excluding lodging)
Exhibit table In prime location in conference area In networking area In networking area
Opportunity to deliver an address in a plenary. 10 min address 5 min address _
One-paged promotional piece for the registration packets.  ✓
An ad in printed program 1 full-page in prime location 1 full-page 1 half-page
Digital copy of the attendee registration list.                        ✓ _
Logo placement On plenary displays, in printed program, on EPN website and Forum report. In printed program, on EPN website and Forum report. In printed program, on EPN website and Forum report.
Opportunity to hold a focus group of attendees to gather Feedback and networking.                       ✓  _ _
Period for opportunity to advertise your organization services on EPN’s Netlink, a bimonthly online publication send out to the whole Network.                   2 years  1 year 6 Months
Meal sponsor $1000

Sponsor a catered meal and receive the following benefits:
     - 1 complimentary conference registration (excluding lodging and any additional meals)
     - Logo placement on related signage
Tea sponsor $500

Sponsor a teabreak and receive the following benefits:
     - 1 complimentary conference registration (excluding lodging and any additional meals)
     - Logo placement on related signage
Print Ad sponsor

     - Half-page ad in the conference program ($200)
     - Full-page ad in the conference program ($400)
Sponsor attendees $500

EPN offers LMIC country members a waived fee for registration in order to keep the registration fee reasonable. Some members are eligible to receive full scholarships (including travel costs) to attend the Forum.

Your sponsorship will assist these professionals as they use this unique opportunity to celebrate and share, foster new contacts and to apply what they learn to healthcare needs in their own countries.

Scholarship sponsors will receive special mention in the printed program and Forum report.

Kindly express your interest for sponsorship to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will contact you.

  

We will provide more information as we progress. We look forward to meet you in Kampala, Uganda. 

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