Kisiizi Hospital is a
not-for-profit healthcare center located in Southwestern rural Uganda. It is an 8 ward, 250 bed hospital, serving a
population that is spread over hundreds of miles. The patient population is principally faced
with malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malnutrition, and obstructed labors. Our initial objective at Kisiizi was to learn
about how medicine is provided in the facilities and their outlying satellite clinics
by participating in ward rounds and conducting patient interviews and
exams. To focus in on the type of
projects that we could accomplish and importantly, what the hospital needs
most, a needs-assessment was done by interviewing staff members and making
Yihan, Alicia and Amy continued the CU GHT project started the previous summer by readministering surveys that had been given to hospital employees the previous summer, tracking advancement in immunization and distribution of bed nets to hospital employees. They also worked on improving conditions in Kisiizi hospital by writing an orientation guide for other international students working at the hospital in the future and by organizing medical equipment and supplies donated by Project Cure.
Our findings reinforced our belief that developing a project centering on staff health was of value. The survey we administered focused on two themes: one part centering on the usage of bed nets and frequency of contracting malaria among staff and their families, the second part evaluating the immunization status of the staff and their contact with vaccine-preventable diseases. Based on our results, the next major goal of our project is to bring greater government awareness to the hospital and to raise funds for the administration of full vaccines for the hospital staff, while also acquiring bed nets for all the hospital staff and their families. Our mentors are looking for 3-4 students to go to Kisiizi Hospital next summer to assist with our project by conducting follow-up interviews and surveys, as well as creating their own exploratory project. Partial scholarships are available for these students.