International health, medicine, Uganda

Breaking in

  It takes time to break into a new setting. This is especially true for a cross-cultural, international experience. Five weeks into my time in Africa (four in Mbarara), I finally feel like a routine has set in, and I have gotten used to the way life is here. It's nice to have made friends… Continue reading Breaking in

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International health, medicine, Uganda

Bugoye Health Center

¬†The Rwenzori Mountains are an equatorial mountain range located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bugoye is a District Health Center for villages nestled in and on the foothills near these moutains. There is currently a Fogarty and Doris Duke ¬†fellow there in addition to MGH residents who support… Continue reading Bugoye Health Center

International health, Kenya, medicine, Uganda

When we can’t do everything for everyone.

  T was a patient on our team. She was 32 years old, HIV+ for 1 year, on first line anti-retrovirals who presented with painless jaundice. With suspicion of symptoms being medication related, Efavirenz (anti-HIV med) had been stopped by her local village dispensary, but her symptoms didn't improve. The first day she was in… Continue reading When we can’t do everything for everyone.

International health, medicine, Uganda

a day in the life

Mbarara is a verdant and lush city. There are palm trees, trees with avocados, mangos, and jackfruit. Different flowering plants and large cranes and birds are everywhere. Although the 15-minute walk to the hospital in the morning is spent avoiding cars and bota-botas, the surrounding view is quite pleasant. We also pass by a prepatory… Continue reading a day in the life