Why Uganda?Imagine living in a country where your life expectancy is just 57 years old. Where there is only one doctor per 36,000 people. And where nearly half the population is under 15 years old. This is the reality of life in Uganda for 36 million people.
What are we going to do about it?We can't change the world. But we can make a difference to the lives of those people living in one village - Lubanda - located in the Lwengo district of south-west Uganda. Seven medical students from TeamMED - a Monash University global health group - will be travelling to Uganda next January.
Our local partner is an Australian not-for-profit Help Us Grow (HUG) who, since 2007, have been running the Suubi Centre in the village. This comprises a number of initiatives including livelihood projects such as craft making and a piggery, a community library with computer classes and a vocational college. In 2011 the Suubi Health Clinic was established and is run by local Ugandans.
While in Uganda we aim to carry out testing for a number of common, yet under-treated and under-diagnosed, medical conditions including but not limited to malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Brucellosis, typhoid, syphilis, hypertension and diabetes. Anyone who tests positive will then be referred to the clinic for initial management and ongoing care. We also aim to carry out some health promotion work with the local school & women's group because, as we all know, prevention is far better than cure!
We need your help!We aim to raise at least $4000 to cover the cost of medical equipment and supplies. Some of this will be used for our medical testing, and some of it used to supply the health clinic so that the doctors and nurses may continue their work throughout the year. All of our personal costs (travel, accommodation etc) will be self-funded and no donations received will be used for this purpose.
No matter whether you can donate a lot or a little, we really appreciate your contribution.
$5 will buy a box of glass slides, used in testing for many medical conditions
$10 will buy a litre of special stains used to test people for malaria
$20 will help to buy materials used for HIV testing
$30 will buy one packet of glucose test strips used to screen people for diabetes
$50 will help screen people for Helicobacter pylori, responsible for causing stomach and intestinal ulcers
$70 will buy a packet of RPR strips used to test people for syphilis
$100 will provide everything we need to do all our Brucellosis screening