11 Nov 2016

The three Ugandan health and surveillance system sites of Iganga Mayuge, Kyamulibwa and Rakai are ready to host Centre Leaders or their representatives. The participants will start arriving in Kampala this weekend for the 15th INDEPTH Annual General Meeting taking place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo. The conference hotel is located about 45 minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport.

The hosts want to remind all AGM participants that it is a requirement in Uganda that all visitors have a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate. Arrangements have also been made to have a physician on call during the entire time of the meeting for first aid and emergency cases. This is in addition to a fully fledged hospital which is five minutes-drive from the conference venue.

The average daily temperatures range between 21 and 28 degrees Celsius, although the evenings can be chilly as the hotel is at the lake side. Participants are therefore encouraged to carry along warm clothing. On currencies and exchange, the Ugandan currency is Shillings and the exchange rate is about Uganda Shillings 3400 to 1 US dollar.

On airport pick-up/drop-off, for those who have not done so, they are reminded to provide to INDEPTH their flight itineraries before they travel. There will be someone waiting for arriving participants after the exit baggage control at the airport with INDEPTH 2016 AGM placard.

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda in East Africa. Over 1 million people live in Kampala making it Uganda's largest city. Kampala was the capital of the Bugandan Kingdom several hundred years ago. Today, Kampala is a modern looking city, with outlying townships spreading far beyond the original "seven hills" the city was built upon.

Kampala is built close to the shores of Lake Victoria (the world's second largest fresh water lake and the source of Nile River) and Speke Resort Munyonyo is at these very shores. English, Swahili and Luganda are the predominant languages spoken in the streets of Kampala.

Kampala is one of Africa's "greenest" cities, with parks, gardens and golf courses in the city centre. This reputation may not last long however as Kampala is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. According to the hosts, Kampala is a relatively safe city. One can walk the main streets at night without too much fear of getting mugged or robbed. The bars and nightclubs are fun, and there are plenty of restaurants and many banks that offer VISA services.