Friday, April 19, 2013

Blog 10: Uganda Health/Disease

Emily Crigger
                Uganda has one of the worst healthcare records in the world. Out of 191 nations they are ranked 186. From their life expectancy all the way down to their facilities they are at the bottom of the pile. The African Medical and Research Foundation (Amref), is trying so hard to change the life of the Uganda people.
                Healthcare is so incredibly poor in Uganda for several reasons, one being the lack of education that the Uganda people have. Many of the people in Uganda do not go to school but those of which whom do go to school are lucky, but the overall education system in Uganda is poor. In addition the random drug distribution, lack of trained medical staff and equipment are just a couple other factors that are impacting Uganda’s healthcare system altogether.
                Uganda’s budget for their healthcare system is extremely low and not effective for the healthcare that the country needs. Since the budget is funded by the international community, it is undermining all the progress made, which as a result has the potential to cause and ripple effect. Budgeting towards healthcare systems is a common factor that many countries experience and in the end have to revamp and make drastic changes with.
                Since Amref has been present in Uganda there have been many changes that are moving Uganda in the right direction as far as healthcare. There is a new health center that has brought treatment and vaccinations to many of the people in that community. In addition more than 300 local people have been trained as volunteer community healthcare workers. These newly trained healthcare workers are aiding in child birth, vaccinations, and spreading the word on the importance of proper healthcare.
                Since changes have been made the local people are now seeing the proper healthcare which they should have. As a result they are demanding better healthcare. They want even better trained healthcare providers, improved buildings where they receive healthcare, and stronger supply of medicines and instruments. This is creating a community that is heading in the right direction for the future of their healthcare systems.
Although they are in the beginning steps of this change, they have seen positive changes in their community. There is still a lot to be done and many more changes that will be put into effect but it is a process and one that the Uganda people are happy and excited for this process to continue.

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