Collaboration and Partnership Secures Accreditation for Nursing Program in Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Uganda, Uncategorized

  For GHSP Nurse Educators Genevieve Evenhouse and Janet Gross, it would be months before they would actually begin teaching nursing students at Muni University in the West Nile region of Uganda. When they first arrived in July of last year, the nursing program at the school had unexpectedly lost its accreditation from the Ugandan National Council of Higher Education. Motivated to restart the program and get students into the classroom, Evenhouse and Gross worked closely with Amos Drasiku, the Head of the Nursing Department at Muni. Drasiku has significant experience working in the Uganda health system as both a nurse educator and a clinician in private and public hospitals. “Amos truly embraces the concept of teamwork,” says Gross. Together, they worked to meet the conditions for program accreditation. “We needed all the necessary requirements to run the program and … Read More

Empowering My Students to Have a Voice – Nurse education in Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Uganda, Uncategorized

Two years ago, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) established the first Masters in Critical Care Nursing program in Uganda with a small class of just six students. After two years of intensive course work and direct patient care, the students are approaching graduation. Prior to becoming a Global Health Service Partnership Volunteer, I spent more than 10 years as a pediatric intensive care nurse. Now, as a GHSP Nurse Educator, I have used my knowledge and experience to mentor and train these students in their second and final year of study. The students conduct most of their clinical training at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH). But the resources to make the best evidence-based practice interventions are often unavailable at MRRH.  So as they prepare to end their program, they are required to spend three weeks in the Intensive … Read More

Sharing knowledge and memories – GHSP Volunteer and Ugandan physician reminisce

Andrew MarxBlog, Medicine, Uganda, Uncategorized

Ari Hoffman had just completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, when he arrived as a visiting faculty member at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda in 2013. Sam Olum had arrived a year earlier as an Internal Medicine resident, after having completed medical school at Gulu University and working for two years as a medical officer at Lira Hospital and Lacor Hospital in northern Uganda. Both of them anticipated Ari’s arrival as a Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteer with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Ari worried that the residents he would be teaching, including Sam, had already worked as medical officers and probably had more clinical experience than he did. Sam was concerned that the GHSP Volunteers, including Ari, would expect them to know all about medical procedures … Read More

GHSP Volunteers in Uganda organize national conference on wound care and pain management

Andrew MarxBlog, Seed Awards, Uganda, Uncategorized

Over 220 local health professionals attended a conference on wound/burn care and pain management organized by Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers in Uganda on April 16. The conference was funded and organized using Program Support Resources provided by GHSP, and involved GHSP Physician and Nurse Educators, faculty colleagues, and medical and nursing students from all of the GHSP sites in Uganda, including a delegation of 60 who crowded onto a bus for the 11-hour journey from Mbarara in southern Uganda to Lira in the north, where the conference was held. “It was a wonderful conference,” reported Cherie Clark, a GHSP Nurse Educator based in Lira, who shouldered the daunting logistical challenges of hosting a national conference at a new university that opened its doors less than four years ago. “We had pretty broad representation. We had quite a few … Read More

Leaders in Nursing: Esther Beebwa

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Uganda

For Mrs. Esther Beebwa, becoming a nurse was a “dream come true.” Now as a nurse educator and leader, she is helping make that dream come true for the next generation of nurses in Uganda.

Getting to know you – Dr. Bonaventure Ahaisibwe

Daisy WinnerBlog, Uganda

It would be hard to imagine anybody better qualified or better suited to take on the job of Seed Country Representative in Uganda than Bonaventure “Bonny” Ahaisibwe. Growing up near Mbarara in southwestern Uganda as the youngest in a family of 11, Bonny pursued an education and career in medicine almost by default. “Both my parents were health workers,” he recalls. “I never really made a deliberate choice at a particular time to go to medical school. It was more like, ‘I must go.’” And by the time he joined Seed last October, he was already deeply familiar with and committed to Seed and our flagship program with the U.S. Peace Corps – the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP). After starting his career seven years earlier as a medical officer in a refugee settlement, he had advanced rapidly through a series of leadership … Read More

A Night in the Life

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Nursing, Uganda

84 patients, 17 babies delivered, 4 C-sections, 3 still births, 2 post-partum hemorrhages. All in a night’s work at Lira Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda for Mary Elizabeth Nawil