"Medicine on the Equator" continue to develop the "Kiboga Model" for NCDs capaci
Updates from our work during the first half of 2019
Israel Medicine on the Equator – Building a sustainable model for healthcare systems in rural Africa
Dear friends and partners,
We are happy to present you our work in the first half of 2019. We are delighted by the many how much progresses we had over this time. In the midst of it – an enhancement of our work with our great partners and supporters- Solel Boneh Uganda, MASHAV and the Israeli embassy in Nairobi, the Ugandan Ministry of Health and the Israeli Medical Association and the local government of Kiboga district.
Doctors that are interested in volunteering, please contact:
Presenting the Kiboga Model at the Annual Conference of the Uganda Diabetic association
As part of our efforts to transform our work in Kiboga into a scalable model, Dr. Shay Pintov, the manager of our project, presented our work to develop a multi-disciplinary diabetic and NCDs clinic in the Kiboga district at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Uganda Diabetic association that was held in Kampala in Early May.
We are amazed that
our local project has already impacted the national medical and regulatory discussion around planning and enforcing a sustainable NCDs medical care model in rural Africa.
The presence of Dr. Pintov in the conference was supported by Israel’s MASHAV, as part of our work to train local medical personnel to sustain the Diabetic treatment in Kiboga.
During the last 6 months, our NCDs clinic in Kiboga reached 700 patients, with 4.5 annual visits in average of each patient to our clinic. In addition, there has been a local doctor that was appointed to work regularly in this new and unique public medical service.
Israeli medicine on the Equator organized the First Israeli-Ugandan bilateral Medical roundtable.
The roundtable was held as part of a delegation of Senior Israeli medical
figures, including directors of hospital, wards and the Vice President of the Israeli Medical Association.
During their visit to Uganda, the Israeli officials visited Kiboga and learnt about the challenges and strengths of the Ugandan medical. System.
In addition, we have organized roundtable meetings of professionals in Kampala, where Israeli and Ugandan doctors could share practices and know-how and brainstormed about solutions to relevant mutual challenges.
Kiboga hospital is now officially an Israeli-Ugandan medical research hub
As part of our cooperation with Israeli and Ugandan medical research industries to find solutions to local medical challenges, we have cooperated with an Israeli venture that aims to develop Malaria detection through Saliva.
In addition, In May, for the first time, the Ugandan Institutional Review Board officially approved medical research that made it possible for the Israeli medical industry and academics to develop technological and medical solutions for rural medicine in Africa, as part as our work in Uganda.
Israeli Medical students are coming this summer to learn medical capacity building
Following the success of last year’s 3 weeks course for Israeli students from the Technion faculty of Medicine, this year we will have the privilege to host of hosting the course again. In addition, another group of students will arrive from
the Tel Aviv faculty of Medicine.
The students will be able to practically experience our developmental work in Africa, assist local staff as much as they can and include medical studies through observations.
Sanitation in the hospital – New development and cooperation
We are happy to announce cooperation with “change WATER”, part of the MIT institution in Boston. The aim of this cooperation is to examine how portable waterless evaporative toilets can help to improve the sanitation of the hospital and other facilities around it.
In addition, we are happy to announce the anticipated deployment of a new
water system for the hospital. This water system will allow the hospital to have running water on a regular basis – improving sanitation and medical service Supported by the government of Uganda.
Kiboga hospital approved for medical residency.
In early June, The Kiboga hospital was approved as applicable for residency of Israeli young doctors from the fields of Pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine and Internal Medicine by the high committee of the Israel scientific council.
The agreement will allow Israeli residents to work and study in Uganda and practice rural medicine and practice the medical profession while working with limited resources.
A major exposure by the Israeli Medical Association gave the project a tremendous boost, filling up 2019 with volunteering doctors. We are still open and recruiting for 2020.
An increased support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – considering the medical advancements achieved by the project in the diabetes clinic and in the hospital. The Israeli Embassy in Nairobi subsidized Kiboga hospital’s new humanitarian aid supplies, medicine and critical medical equipment.
An increased support from our partners at Solel Boneh for the daily aspects of the project, and for the renovation of the volunteer’s residence. Thank you!
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