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“Israeli Medicine on the Equator” in Uganda has been conducted by Brit Olam and its partners since 2005. 

The project is based on medical teams volunteering for a period of several months. Most teams include two doctors or a doctor and nurse. 
 
From 2005 to 2015, almost 50 Israeli medical personnel participated in the program.
 
For more information see the program’s website: http://www.ima-africa.org/
 

The District Hospital in Kiboga

Kiboga district hospital is located in a rural area 120km northwest of the capital city of Kampala, in one of the poorest districts in Uganda. The hospital has 120 beds and four wards – gynecology (primarily maternity), pediatrics, women, and men (each comparable to a combination of internal medicine and general surgery). 
 
The hospital does not provide bedding or food to the patients, and patients sometimes leave the hospital in severe condition because they have no money to buy food. The hospital has not had running water for 8 years, and even for operations, the surgical team washes with water from a jerry can (with mud on the bottom). Electric outages are frequent and entire weeks can go by without electricity.
 

Project goals 2015-2017

  • To send at least four delegations a year, with (preferably) two doctors (or a doctor and registered nurse) for periods of 3-4 months each.IMG_4836
  • Ongoing medical care in the Kiboga Hospital, and upgrading and establishing the medical services there.
  • Training local teams to give first response when no doctor is available.
  • Strengthening ties between Israeli medical teams and Ugandan medical teams in the Kiboga region through ongoing work meetings.
  • Obtaining medical equipment for the hospital and community clinics.
  • Sending medical specialists to train and give specialist medical services.
  • Promoting creative, supportive, and enriching activity for the hospitalized children and youth.
  • Creation of a clinical and educational model that can serve as a model – fostering replication and expansion of this model in other Ugandan districts.

Kiboga district in Uganda:

IMG_4907A number of parameters reflect the depressed health conditions in Kiboga compared to other districts:
  • The mortality rate in Kiboga is ranked sixth lowest, at 46.7 years – 12.3 years below the national average.
  • Infant mortality is 128 per 1,000 live births compared to 83 on average nationally. 
  • The maternal death rate is 650 per 100,000 live births.
  • Childhood mortality under age 5 is 109 per 1,000 children, 12% caused by malnutrition.
  • More than 9% of the population in this district have AIDS and live too far from a health facility for treatment.
 

The Project is generously supported by SBI International Holdings AG (Uganda)

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