Archive for March, 2017

Gratitude

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 |

Prior to spending this month in Uganda, I knew that I wanted to return to work in Africa after completing my medical training, as this has been a call on my heart for many years already. This experience was both a reaffirmation of my calling to serve the world’s poorest people and a recommitment to […]

HIV Care

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 |

Kiwoko Hospital has several different clinics for HIV+ patients, including one for adults, one for children and adolescents, and one for mother-baby pairs. There are also extensive counseling and testing efforts that happen in formal and informal ways and a special program for HIV+ women who make woven baskets sold by the hospital for income […]

Malnutrition

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 |

Prior to starting medical school, I spent 2 years (plus all of my college summers) working for a non-profit organization called Project Peanut Butter, which specializes in local production of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) used to treat malnutrition in children. RUTF is essentially souped up peanut butter and contains all of the macro and micronutrients […]

The Ethics of NICU

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 |

I completed a month-long NICU rotation earlier this year in Columbia, MO, so I was excited to see the NICU at Kiwoko Hospital (known as the best in Uganda). The facility is beautiful, though lower-tech than our NICU in the U.S., and Dr. Becca really works hard to ensure that the infants receive the highest […]

Low Resource Health Care Decisions

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 |

Operating in a low-resource health care setting is a huge adjustment. The physicians at Kiwoko Hospital routinely are forced to make life-or-death decisions that affect not just their own patients but the rest of the patients in the hospital. To illustrate, one patient arrived at the hospital 38 weeks pregnant with intrapartum hemorrhage. She was […]