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 and an emergency department that acts also as a community clinic, since there are scarce health services in the community. Only one local doctor is on duty in the hospital at any given time.
The project is based on voluntary medical teams, each volunteering for a period of four months or more. Teams consist of two doctors or a doctor and nurse. At times medical students also join the professional teams.
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.
The project’s activities include providing medical aid in the hospital, who suffers from severe lack of professional manpower; medical education to local personnel at the hospital as well as health education to the community itself; and operation of field outreach clinics in remote villages in the districts that lack access to medical services. The Israeli medical team works in close collaboration with local health workers and municipality.
From 2005 to 2011, almost 40 Israeli medical personnel participated in the program. The program was temporarily discontinued from 2011 to 2013, but renewed in 2014. Since then eight medical delegations participated in the projects, for periods of four months or more.