Leaders in Nursing: Esther Beebwa

CommunicationsBlog, 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

CommunicationsBlog, 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

CommunicationsBlog, 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

Medical and Nursing Education in Uganda – Ari & Kelly’s Story

CommunicationsBlog, Uganda

Living paycheck to paycheck, praying that the government is actually able to pay your salary this month. Hoping there has not been extortion of funds or corruption–again. Paying school fees to the same government that has not paid you in two months so that your 9-year-old can get a public school education. Unable to get a credit card because affordable interest rates are non-existent. No Amazon, no PayPal, no eBay.  Forced to pay exorbitant fees for money transfers. Hoping you don’t get sick because hospital bills are fee for service—if you don’t have the cash, you can’t get care.  But you get sick, because the power is out and spoils your food, the water is contaminated with bacteria and parasites, and mosquitoes carry malaria.  And you are forced to beg for money from friends and family in order to get the … Read More

Sharing Knowledge. Strengthening Health Systems. Saving Lives – Kiran’s Story

CommunicationsBlog, Uganda

The educational system in Uganda is based on the British system, and medical school here begins right after high school (your “O and A” levels) and lasts for 5 years. During this time, you learn both your basic sciences, like biochemistry, as well as your clinical skills rotating in the hospitals. Students rotate through pediatrics during their 3rd and 5th years of medical school for 8 weeks at a time. The medical school at Gulu University started quite recently, in 2004, and there are only about 60 students per class. More strikingly, there are very few faculty members as part of the University. Only about 35% of the faculty spots have been filled. Part of the reason is that Gulu is not a big city and cannot attract faculty the way Kampala can. There are also few high quality primary and … Read More