I will be in Entebbe, Uganda with three other fellow medical students (from the Medical College of Wisconsin) as well as a number of other residents and physicians - both volunteers traveling from Wisconsin and throughout the U.S., and Ugandan physicians who work at the main Entebbe hospital and multiple partner clinics.
The work that these physician groups do are important (I believe that is said without question), and they provide year-round, sustainable health care and education to the community they serve. Before I finished medical school, I wanted to make sure to train for at least one month abroad, because it is essential, in my opinion, to gain a broader understanding of cultural, social, and economic differences that are determinants in health care. Additionally, with every unique patient population, there are unique challenges and innovations, and I am excited to see and learn from Ugandans.
I am traveling with ATLAS, which is a 501(c) nonprofit organization, and I would be forever grateful if you considered pitching in a few dollars to support this wonderful organization. Every dollar donated is tax deductable, and more importantly, every dollar goes to one of ATLAS's non-profit partners in Uganda, organizations that are often too small to accept international donations themselves. Your donations will finance essential healthcare, education, and community development programs. A few non-profit partners, as examples:
Pathways Development Initiative (PDI): http://pdiuganda.org
Joy Hospice: http://www.mbalehospice.org.uk/
Partnership Uganda: http://wwww.partnershipugandainc.org
Finally, it is my birthday today (January 19), and I would certainly like to leverage this milestone and ask you to extend the love and generosity that I feel from calling you family and friend everyday, to donating to a wonderful cause in Uganda.