Atlas aims to provide capacity building and support of partners in Uganda through fundraising, education, supply donations, and human resources 

 

EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES

Medical volunteers from the UK give health education talk to school next to rural clinic (photo credit Lisa Umphrey, 2013)

Medical volunteers from the UK give health education talk to school next to rural clinic (photo credit Lisa Umphrey, 2013)

 

When medical professionals visit Uganda, one of the most important and lasting projects they can complete is to prepare and give educational talks. They can share information with colleagues, junior medical trainees, regional medical staff, or community members.

We believe that education, perhaps more than any other intervention, is the key to sustainable development in under-resourced settings. All volunteers and rotation program participants will prepare and give educational talks under the guidance of their onsite supervisors.  


MASTER TRAINER (MT) PROGRAM

Our Master Trainer, Violah, practicing physical exam skills with Dr. Lisa and Dr. Gabriel, Mbale, 2013 (photo credit  Mary Kaminsky Photography )

Our Master Trainer, Violah, practicing physical exam skills with Dr. Lisa and Dr. Gabriel, Mbale, 2013 (photo credit Mary Kaminsky Photography)

One of our main goals is to elevate the quality of paediatric physical examinations in rural Uganda.  In partnership with Medical College of Wisconsin in summer 2013, we created a program to teach pediatric physical exam skills to Ugandan health workers.  

Violet Kacumita, nursing officer extraordinaire, became the first "Master Trainer" in the program through a "train the trainer" method.  She then went on to teach the curriculum to other health workers in Bududa and Manafwa districts.

Master Trainer Violah teaching what she learned to Ugandan clinicians, Bududa, 2013 (photo credit  Mary Kaminsky Photography )

Master Trainer Violah teaching what she learned to Ugandan clinicians, Bududa, 2013 (photo credit Mary Kaminsky Photography)

Data from this pilot phase of the program helped us improve and rework the curriculum for ongoing use.

 

In summer 2015, we again partnered with MCW and brought in teams from Stony Brook University Hospital and Dartmouth University to conduct a more full investigation into the efficacy of the MT project.  We repeated the 2013 study with more sites and follow up evaluations of participants’ skill sets.

We consider this to be a replicable model, following usual train-the-trainer guidelines, to help educate healthcare providers working in rural settings.  We presented the project at the Paediatric Academic Society meeting in 2014 and hope to present our updates at the meeting in 2016. 

 

Check out our research section for details about our published abstracts.


 

DONATIONS of Medical Supplies and Equipment

We work with wonderful partners in eastern Uganda to help support their ongoing clinical projects. As a non-profit, non-governmental and tax-exempt organization, we can gather supplies and donations for our friends and colleagues in their provision of healthcare to under-resourced populations. 

Our work in Uganda would not be possible without the generous support from our US partners who send us needed medical supplies that are either expensive or difficult to find in Uganda.

We especially want to thank the Wisconsin Medical Project, a Madison-based NGO who has shipped requested supplies to our partners since 2010.

Also HUGE thanks to all of our volunteers who lug all the supplies with them to Uganda!


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