Our current projects in Uganda include:
- Center for Global Health Partnership with Engeye Health
- Emergency Care Systems Development Using a Task Shifting Model in Rural Uganda
Engeye Health Clinic Partnership
Engeye Health Clinic (EHC) in Ddegeya Village, Uganda is a recognized joint US-Ugandan NGO. The basic goals of EHC are in line with UN Millennium Development Goals; not just to reach out to the community medically, but also in areas of education, environmental sustainability, and to help eradicate hunger and poverty. Engeye’s mission is to improve living conditions and reduce unnecessary suffering in rural Africa through education and compassionate health care. In every project undertaken, it is implicit that it will ultimately be sustainable with little or no outside assistance, and that it will be accomplished free of the imposition of any foreign social, political, or spiritual values. The clinic is open full time throughout the year, staffed by local people.
The program aims to provide an international clinical experience for students, residents, and fellows and to help build sustainable programs and projects with the goal of improving the health of the surrounding community and country.
We hope that through this partnership any interested healthcare student will have the opportunity to gain exposure to global health through clinical practice and through health assessments, implementation of projects, and evaluations.
Working with priorities of the community and clinic, conducted focus groups and key informant interviews of Volunteer Health Teams (VHTs) about their role within the health system. VHT’s are lay health workers who live in the villages in which they work to extend health education and promotion. We also characterized the use of mHealth in their day-to-day activities. We also conducted an exploratory assessment of women’s health, specifically maternal health, with an interest to introduce a program to reduce post partum hemorrhage complications in rural areas. We initiated a quality assurance review of clinic activities to better account for care provided.
Health-seeking behavior study extended to communities within a 25-kilometer radius. In addition, attempted to map some of the areas where patients come from to seek care at Engeye via GPS technology.
Continued to provide healthcare in the surrounding community. We also continued work to better understanding the community and health needs by initiating a project investigating health-seeking behaviors of people in the surrounding area. In addition, we piloted an intervention utilizing pictograms to increase medication comprehension of patients at Engeye Clinic.
August 2010 – Inaugural Trip
A team comprised of attending physicians with extensive global health experience, medical and public health students from UIC. The trip provided clinic based medical care where students were exposed to the health needs of the local community. Main health issues that Engeye Health Clinic face are malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, malaria, women’s health, and mother/baby health. We also conducted an assessment of barriers to health care in the community to supplement previous health assessments to help UIC plan for future cooperation with EHC.
Key Contact: Janet Lin
Emergency Care Systems Development Using a Task-Shifting Model in Rural Uganda
This program is managed by a non-profit organization called Global Emergency Care Collaborative, in partnership with the UIC Center for Global Health and other academic institutions including University of Massachusetts, University of Arizona, Maine Medical Center, Idaho Emergency Physicians, and local partners including Karoli Lwanga “Nyakibale” Hospital, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and the Uganda Ministry of Health.
This program is novel in its application of task-shifting (a redistribution of tasks to less highly trained health care workers) to emergency care. Outcomes demonstrate improved mortality at this site compared to other published data regionally, and this model may be scaled-up as part of a tiered system of emergency care development in Uganda and other similar resource-limited settings.
Key Contact: Stacey Chamberlain