I am forever changed by my Ugandan experience. Thank you CFHI for this amazing opportunity, and thank you KIHEFO for accepting me like family. This was truly a once in a lifetime adventure. CFHI provided me with an opportunity to be immersed in Ugandan culture. This is the way to experience global health! I was forced to put my own assumptions aside and learn to think about health from a … Continue reading Final Thoughts!
This was probably the most fun that I had during my month. The children at Rubira school will forever hold a special place in my heart. The overwhelming joy that I witnessed in the children was truly humbling. They welcomed me with open arms. I brought jump ropes and stickers for them, and they were so happy. I sat in on a math class and I … Continue reading Rubira School
I visited the Traditional Healer during my stay. You can’t fully understand health in Kabale without discussing the Traditional Healer’s role. I believe they quoted a percentage of about 90% of Ugandan natives have utilized the traditional healer at some point in their lifetime. The healer is sought for a multitude of ailments such as malnutrition, allergies, arthritis, GI issues, sexual dysfunction (hahaha). He has … Continue reading Traditional Healer
HIV has devastated so many African families. I came into the program knowing that understanding HIV and its impact on health in Uganda was going to be an important part of my experience. I just wasn’t prepared for the incredible people that I would meet who have in someone way been affected by the disease. I met HIV infected women, men, and children. I also … Continue reading The HIV Burden
During my time in Uganda I had the pleasure of experiencing a real African Safari in Queen Elizabeth National park! It was an incredible experience. I got to sit on top of the van and see wildlife up close. I had so much fun! I also got to stand on both sides of the equator! On the safari I saw elephants, a baboon, Ugandan kobs, … Continue reading Safari!
Healthcare is a very complex topic here in Uganda. Health is greatly affected by social factors here (i.e social determinants of health). Unfortunately most of the residents here live very far from clinics and do no seek care until things are in the worse stage. The health care system here is multilevel which the hope that at each stage patients will be managed effectively and … Continue reading Unique approach to health in Uganda…
What does my day look like? 8:00 wake up and get dressed/go down to the covered patio area for breakfast which is prepared by Patricia (she is an excellent cook and goes above and beyond to try to prepare meals based on my preferences) 9:00 Walk down to town for clinic or other activity scheduled for the morning 1:00 LUNCH (again prepared by Patricia) After … Continue reading What does my day look like?
One week in Uganda is over already! One thing I have quickly learned is that people do not go to the doctor here unless they are sick and the complaint is usually a problem (or should I say problems) that has been present for quite some time. This makes the doctors’ jobs very difficult. The patients have a myriad of complaints and due to some … Continue reading Thoughts so far!
Agundi (means hello!) I arrived safely in Uganda on Nov 1st, I haven’t had internet so all of my post will unfortunately not be in real time! My first thought was “Wow what a view!” Uganda is a beautiful country with breathtaking landscape….numerous green hills that can be seen for miles and miles. I meet many KiHEFO staff members upon my arrival. I had already written … Continue reading Beautiful Uganda!
Sorry it has taken so long to write. I am learning early on to be very flexible. The electricity has been in and out and I have had no internet access until now since I arrived in Uganda. I so wanted to share some of my experiences in real time but that’s ok. I will make up for it with a few posts. First I must … Continue reading I made it!!!