Uganda

Partner: International Medical Relief
Date: July 14 – Jul 20 2024
Program Cost: $3,100
Provider: Physician, Nurse, Non-medical, Dentist, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, NP, PA, RN, APP, Primary Care, Dermatology, ER, FP, IM

Medical setting:

International Medical Relief began its partnership with Uganda in 2013. Since then, we have deployed nearly 150 IMR volunteers and staff and served more than 12,500 patients. We will continue our efforts to serve Uganda, working alongside local officials to provide medical and educational supplies to reach our goal of delivering sustainable healthcare to the community.

With diligent planning and preparation, IMR is dedicated to ensuring that specific goals are met on our missions, each in correlation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 17.

IMR works to elevate vulnerable populations through shoulder-to-shoulder care with our local partners, creating workforce density, and a cadre of future healthcare and public health leaders in association to UNSDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing.

In correlation with UNSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, our organization works in collaboration and at the request of local hosts where we are under their direct influence and affluence. IMR never goes into a country without a formal invitation where there is a great community need for medical or dental care, and health education.

Cultural experience:

In clinic, you will find that your efforts make a tangible difference as you treat many patients with infectious disease, large wounds, and a great deal of mosquito and water-borne illness. You’ll be able to do house calls for homebound elders, provide acute care for the large Albino community in the surrounding area, and work in a village that will welcome your care with open arms and giant hearts.

After a busy clinic schedule, the team will see some of the world’s most amazing animals “up close” on your one-day safari, which is included in this trip! Uganda is an excellent place to spot the “big five”– the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros!

Program includes:

Uganda is the second-largest landlocked country in the world and features a wide variety of terrain. From her snow-capped mountains, low-land savannas, and large lakes to the largest mahogany forest in East Africa, Uganda is a beautiful nation. Because of the diverse topography found throughout the country, unique wildlife is abundant in all regions of Uganda. Here, you can find curious chimpanzees, elusive Nile crocodiles, high-reaching giraffes, speedy cheetahs, and intriguing gorillas. Uganda is home to a renowned gorilla sanctuary called Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. To the north, the Murchison National Park boasts a magnificent 141-foot waterfall and an abundance of hippopotamuses.

Despite Uganda’s abundance of beautiful wildlife and glorious terrain, her people are suffering. As one of the poorest countries in Africa, Uganda faces problems with underemployment, poorer living conditions, and food insecurity. But, despite these challenges, Ugandans are rich in culture, heritage, and friendliness. The people who live here belong to over 300 tribes, speak many languages, and celebrate different traditions. However, all of Uganda’s people share a love for dance and drama, and their arts, cuisine, and family traditions are inspired by these forms of self-expression. While visiting, you will surely find yourself grinning from ear-to-ear as you are warmly greeted by local children and smiled upon by community elders. In clinic, you will notice that many of your patients are young. Because healthcare in the country is incredibly expensive, many of the young people in Uganda simply cannot afford imperative preventative care. Your team will provide this much-needed care, and connections that you instantly form with the people of Uganda will inspire you to passionately serve and will likely make you want to return for another relief trip!

About International Medical Relief

International Medical Relief was founded in 2002 on the belief that knowledge of basic health facts and access to healthcare should not be the prerogative of select nations, regions, or classes, but should be shared by as many people as possible. We undertake our work to include some of the millions of people who have been excluded from today’s healthcare systems worldwide.

During our clinics, we partner with local medical and dental professionals to share knowledge about diagnoses and treatment. We also provide community health education so that people are empowered to provide for their own health, as well as for the health of other community members.