I've spent the first few weeks getting familiar with the area and doing a lot of research on the existing healthcare infrastructure here in Uganda. Despite public healthcare facilities offering services free of charge, there is certainly work to be done in getting to optimal health outcomes. It's been especially eye-opening to discover that the leading causes of death in Uganda are treatable conditions that have been effectively eradicated in other countries. While the increased world attention on the need to eradicate diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis has brought needed resources to underserved areas, many governments and aid agencies are understandably operating in crisis mode, leaving the future of healthcare in many countries such as Uganda uncertain.
I'm excited to spend time exploring the country to better understand how services and treatments are delivered and to speak directly to providers and patients alike on what they view as the largest accomplishments and challenges they see on a daily basis.
|Obligatory wildlife photo - a rhino in the Entebbe zoo!|