Uganda Leadership Pioneers is a unique seven-day executive leadership programme based in Uganda, followed by an opportunity to provide ongoing support to Ugandan colleagues on leadership challenges once international participants are back in their home countries. 

From Saturday 1st February to Sunday 9th February, 2020 we will bring the first cohort of pioneers to Uganda who will focus on developing their leadership skills in the context of improving anti-microbial resistance (AMR) in local health facilities. This first cohort will be fact-finders, scoping the AMR context in the Ugandan health care system, whilst receiving executive leadership development alongside Ugandan frontline health workers. Make sure to book your place on this exciting new venture.

You will not only develop your leadership skills, with a focus on systems leadership, influencing, collaborative working, relationship building and deepening personal cultural awareness, but you will also work alongside and support Ugandan healthcare leaders to make real social impact in a way that is meaningful and sustainable by helping your peers to solve leadership challenges at community health facilities. The immersive nature of this course means you don't just learn about leadership, you experience it.  

This course is aimed at international senior leaders from the public, private, and charity sectors who are seeking to better understand and continuously assess their personal strengths and weaknesses, adapt and improve their leadership skills, and identify new ways to deliver results in complex and challenging environments.

As part of this course, you will engage with senior health care leaders from the Rwenzori Region of Uganda and Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Uganda (https://www.baylor-uganda.org/).


  • Learn about Uganda and what it is like to work in a complex and challenging low-income environment

  • Develop your leadership capabilities, increase your confidence and expand your comfort zone

  • Leverage your skills and experience to bring about sustainable change in a resource-limited setting in the context of AMR

  • Create a strong and diverse international leadership network

This programme provides participants with hands-on experience of working in Uganda. It partners you as UK public, private, and voluntary sector professionals with leaders and peers from the Ugandan health and local government sectors.  We create joint teams who work together to improve service delivery at health centres in some of the most remote and impoverished regions of Western Uganda. You do not need technical expertise in AMR to take part in this programme.

Building relationships with Ugandan colleagues whilst applying rigorous academic leadership training brings the learning experience alive. Working outside your comfort zone in this challenging environment whilst thinking about leadership concepts deepens the learning. On this fast-paced course, both theory and new ideas are immediately put into practice during visits to the health centres where your team will be immersed in community life. Then back in the training room, leadership skills are further tested as participants work together to plan for impact. After the seven day immersion, you will continue to work together with your peers remotely for six months.


To date, 16 leaders from the UK National Health Service, local government and private sector have joined the programme.

"A fantastic experience that will stay with me forever. An extreme course that doesn’t take you to the edge of your comfort zone, it smashes well beyond it. An assault on your leadership that you can’t help but learn from. A full on intensive leadership experience with theory to back it up, a long way from the traditional theoretical courses."

                     - Mike Stredder, Director, NHS Blood and Transplant

“This was a completely immersive and testing learning experience; we saw the importance and power of leadership and cross system thinking in a country facing extraordinary challenges.”

                       - John Davidson, Deputy Director of Communications, NICE

 “Learning collaboratively with Ugandan colleagues was an amazing experience – I learnt more from them than they will ever know”  

                        - Anthony J. Clarkson, Assistant Director: Organ Donation and Nursing, NHS Blood and Transplant



Closing date for applications: Friday 8th November 2019

Initial call for programme introductions: TBD

Preparation meeting in central London: TBD



Saturday 1st February: Arrive in Entebbe and travel to Kampala, meet Pepal in-country team with optional tour of Kampala.

Sunday 2nd: Travel to Western Uganda and meet Ugandan staff from Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation.  CSLE introduces theoretical cultural models and participants prepare to meet their Uganda colleagues.

Monday 3rd: Training Centre - International and Ugandan participants form project teams, CSLE introduces theoretical leadership tools on Systems Leadership, Stakeholder Mapping, Influencing and the Learning Organisation.  Participants prepare for visits to community health facilities.

Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th: Turning Theory into Action - Participants travel in project teams to districts and test ideas developed in the classroom at community health facilities, alongside volunteers and health workers.

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th: Planning for the Future - Project teams present their ideas to district government leaders and politicians, reflect on their learning and work on post-programme planning, followed by a closing ceremony and celebration.

Saturday 8th: Reflection and relaxation, including an optional R&R activity.

Sunday 9th: Travel back to Entebbe for night flights back to the UK.



£2,900 per participant (NHS and third sector fee. The fees for participants from private companies may vary please contact sarah<dot>galvin@pepal<dot>org for more information)  

The fee includes food and accommodation whilst in Uganda, local transportation, and on-going support from Pepal during the six-months following the immersion visit. The fee excludes travel to and from Uganda. The fee also subsidises the participation of Ugandan health workers on the programme.

Mike Stredder, Director, NHS Blood and Transplant, works with Ugandan colleagues.

Mike Stredder, Director, NHS Blood and Transplant, works with Ugandan colleagues.


To register your interest in this course or future courses, please contact Sue Hopgood: 

Email: sue@csleuk.org

Tel:  +44 (0) 7590 353 005



Uganda is a landlocked country set on the equator of East Africa with a population of 42 million. Known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ for its rich natural beauty and fertile land, Uganda is now a peaceful country after decades of political turmoil and conflict

Nevertheless, poverty remains an acute problem with 63% of the population living on under $2 a day. The healthcare system is severely stretched:

  • Maternal mortality rates are 360 per 100,000 live births (compared to 8 in the UK).

  • 1.5 million people are living with HIV.

  • Average life expectancy is 59 (compared to 81 in the UK).

The impacts of AMR disproportionately affect poorest populations which already have a high burden of infectious diseases associated with poor health care systems, inadequate sanitation, limited access to safe water and resource constraints.

  • According to the Ministry of Health Uganda,: microbial infections, including pneumonia, TB and sepsis, accounted for 18.4% of hospital-based mortality. Microbial infections were responsible for 37% of all hospital admissions.

  • Infection Control and Prevention Committees exist at all tertiary health care centres, but often fail to implement national guidelines (2013) due to non-prioritisation of their work, resource constraints, lack of oversight.

  • Only 25 health facilities across the country are performing Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing.

  • 66% of health facilities have access to running water (WHO, 2015)

  • 0.49 hygiene coverage across health facilities nationwide (WHO, 2015)



To deliver this unique programme, Pepal is collaborating with The Cross Sector Leadership Exchange (CSLE) and Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation (Baylor-Uganda).


Pepal designs and delivers executive leadership programmes that bring together business, NGO and public sector leaders on projects that create sustainable and scalable social change in developing countries. Pepal programmes combine project work, world-class management and leadership training, and field exposure. Pepal consolidates learning, embeds partnerships and ensures change on the ground by supporting project implementation and remote working.


Set up by a consortium of like-minded public and voluntary sector professional leaders, CSLE aims to develop existing, future and aspiring leaders to better deliver services to the public. CSLE brings together delegates from a range of sectors and organisations to address real problems with real partners and come up with real solutions. Through its programmes, CSLE encourages collaborative working and provides particpants with the skills and networks they need to drive effectiveness across the public sector.  For more information, visit: www.csleuk.org


Baylor-Uganda is a registered Ugandan not-for-profit child health and development organization. Baylor-Uganda provides child-focused and family-centred paediatric HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services, health professional training, and conducts clinical research. For more information, visit: www.baylor-uganda.org