Reut and Eitan, along with their son Eyal, have been in Uganda for over six months, mainly in Kiboga – volunteering in the public district hospital. They also opened an outreach clinic in Kabuye, a small village with very limited access to medical facilities.
Their dream to volunteer as medical doctors in Africa was sparked a few years back when Reut volunteered in an orphanage in Kenya and in a medical clinic in Uganda. After they gained their professional training, they decided that they could be much more useful to a community in dire need of doctors and health education.
With only one local doctor working in Kiboga hospital at any time, most patients are treated by under-qualified staff. Eitan and Reut are conducting regular ward rounds, making sure the patients are getting proper care and follow-up, and preventing many unnecessary deaths due to improper diagnosis and treatment. They are regularly teaching the local staff in hope to also make a lasting change.
And Eyal? He enjoys wandering around town with his friends, taking trips to the jungle and sailing on the lake.
The entire Brit Olam team would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Reut and Eitan for their dedicated work. We know it’s not easy, but you truly are making a difference to the lives of thousands of people. We wish you the best of luck.
Reut and Eitan will finish their term in March 2015, and we are looking for new medical doctors.