Plant a Tree, Plant Your Roots

Written by Dr. Samuel Luboga
Collaboration in home activities promotes bonding among family members. This idea is reflected in the Swahili saying, Suku mbili mugeni. Suku ya tatu mupa jembe. “For two days a guest is regarded as a visitor and is waited upon, however on the third day he is given a hoe to participate in the work (digging) the family does for a living.” Essentially, this means that s/he has become a member of the family.

Ethics of the Theater: Ophthalmology in Uganda

Written by Julia Shatten '18
We flip the sheet over that we used for this patient in preparation for the next, a five year -old boy with a foreign body in the eye. He is too scared to lay down, so he sits playing with a toy piano on the operating table as the anesthesiologist administers the anesthesia. She catches him just in time, and lays him back. The rest of the operations that day were a blur.

Happyness: Advocating for Women’s Health in Rural Uganda

By Anne Dougherty, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and founder and director of the UVM Global Women’s Health Education Program
Let me tell you a story about Happyness. Happyness is a young woman living in rural Nakaseke district about sixty miles outside Kampala, Uganda’s capital. She just had her second baby who was born premature, and will likely not survive to his fifth birthday. This pregnancy was conceived eight months after her last delivery, though we know that rapid repeat pregnancy, those conceived less than twenty-four months following a delivery, have dire consequences for both mother and baby.

Patience, Creativity and Perseverance

Written by Katie Grenoble '20
The six weeks I spent with physicians and clinical officers in Uganda were a lesson in the fundamentals of medicine. In Uganda, doctors do not enjoy the luxury of being able to order any lab test they may need. Imaging is often performed off-site and rarely returned with an interpretation. Medications are purchased only if the patient can afford them, and the two EKG machines I saw seen were donated by Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.