ISRAELI MEDICINE ON THE EQUATOR
Brit Olam - International volunteering and Development
is an Israeli public association established in 2005. Our activities include developing and executing community-based development programs to reduce poverty and vulnerability in developing countries.
The "Israeli Medicine on the Equator" program has been operating in Uganda by Brit Olam and its partners since 2005.
The project is based in "Kiboga" District hospital, located in one of the poorest districts in Uganda, 120km northwest of the capital city of Kampala. Kiboga District Hospital is a small government hospital, providing medical services to a population of around 400,000 people. The hospital has 120 admission beds, as well as an outpatient clinic,
all run by a staff consisting only of 4 doctors, with no additional doctors working in the community.
The project is based on voluntary medical teams, each volunteering for a period of three months or more. Teams consist of two doctors or a doctor and nurse. At times medical students also join the professional teams. From 2005 to 2011, almost 40 Israeli medical personnel participated in the program. The program was renewed in 2014. Since then ten medical delegations participated in the project.
The main goal of the project is to provide medical assistance to the Kiboga district by implementing an ongoing program that improves local capacities and prioritizes sustainability. Our voluntary work includes providing medical care at the severely understaffed Kiboga District Hospital and the surrounding primary health centers and rural communities. We are improving patient care through clinical work, bedside teaching to local staff, and implementing an educational training program for hospital staff, with hope to make a lasting effect on primary care and disease prevention.