Gulu, Uganda …
Beginning in 2013, as part of the UBC International Health Project (UBC-IHP), internal medicine teaching staff have been going with senior residents to work together with the medical team at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, located in a resource-limited, post-conflict area of Northern Uganda, and dealing with critical staff shortages.
The medical ward at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital…
To further help address the crushing burden of Gulu Hospital’s staff shortages, the UBC-IHP staff responded by providing salary support for two Ugandan medical officers (junior doctors) to work full-time on the medical ward. These doctors provided patient care and supervision for the interns at the hospital. In turn, as well as salary support the doctors also received mentorship and training from UBC-IHP staff both on-site and via remote video-conferences.
A bittersweet end of rotation photo…
Gulu-UBC IHP funded medical officers:
- Dr. Jacob Olum (2018 – 2019)
- Dr. Jimmy Kumakech (2018 – 2019)
- Dr. Paul Obwoya (2017 – 2018)
- Dr. Simple Ouma (2017)
- Dr. Patrick Opira (2017)
In 2019, due to a variety of reasons, the UBC-IHP moved the residency rotation to Rwanda. However, the UBC-IHP remains connected with Gulu and Dr. Jan Hajek is on staff as a part-time voluntary consultant at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, teaches at the medical school as a visiting assistant professor with Gulu University, and continues to support clinical staff working at the hospital.
The GRRH Internal Medicine team….