As most (although maybe not all of you) know, I’m headed to Mbale, Uganda for a month to learn from local providers about providing health care in a low-income country, primarily in a pediatric hospital. I am going to work with an organization called ATLAS international.
ATLAS works exclusively in Uganda, and works on both local capacity building and international collaboration. They have taken many residents (from the University of Wisconsin in particular) and helped them rotate in Uganda and have an amazing experience learning about global health. If you have more questions about this, then I will gladly answer them, but in lieu of more explanation from me in this email, here is the organization’s website: http://www.atlas-international.org/home
The history of Global Health is long and complex, and in many instances good intentions have led to less than perfect outcomes. As I progress in my career in Global Health I am hoping to be able to avoid many of the pitfalls that occur when people embark on experiences in low-income countries. While I hope to provide benefit to local patients and providers during my rotation, having an extra person who is not familiar with the system and has so much to learn is always at least a small burden on local providers. As such, for my time in Uganda, I am working on fundraising so that while I may add that extra little burden, my presence will come with some additional funds to apply to projects ATLAS are already working on there.
If you can help out, I truly believe in the mission ATLAS has set out on, and any small amount of money will be a huge help.