Kitgum Town

Kitgum Town
Kitgum Town

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Helping to train medical workers for South Sudan

Yotkom medical centre in Kitgum is going to be a centre of excellence  where Clinical officers undertaking their medical training can be posted for supervision.
In March 2016  the first group of students in their third year of studies will come to work alongside our experienced doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians and  x Ray technicians in the new Yotkom medical facility.
They will have an opportunity to learn best practices and get invaluable experience to help them provide good care to the communities of South Sudan.
This week, the head of the training school,  paediatrician Dr Aniel Cherian came to visit , meeting our team and inspecting the nearly completed medical centre,

We are excited about having a role in education and being able to influence these future young  Doctors who will treat patients in Uganda and Sudan.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Considering the future of health provision in Kitgum

Part of the vision of Yotkom Uganda is to assist gifted and promising young students from this community to gain the education and experience they require to be high quality health professionals of the future.

This young man, Fred , is in senior school and has expressed an interest in future medical studies. Our Ugandan Yotkom doctors , Richard and Peter have agreed to mentor him and monitor his progress with a view to possible future sponsorship.
It is so important that we invest in the future medical work force for this community where the population is growing rapidly and the needs are great.
If you would like to help and equip people like Fred please donate to our Yotkom Uganda project.

Evaluating pain management protocols

Dr Ben Warlow is a young Australian Doctor who has a desire to help the poor in Northern Uganda.
In his own words, he has a white skin, but a black Acholi heart.
He feels a strong connection to the community here.
Three years ago he came to Kitgum Uganda and the relationships and friendships he formed here have left a lasting impression and a desire to return.
Ben is working to collect information on the use of pain relief in resource poor settings, particularly for procedures like fracture reductions, burns and wound dressings.

He has made connections with health workers in Yotkom, the Bregma clinic, Givernment Hospital and St Joseph's  Hospital. He is observing procedures and noting effectiveness and side effects of various approaches as well as considering cost issues.

At the end of his four weeks here, he will be making recommendations to Yotkom for implementing best practices in our new medical centre due to open in October.
We trust these  clinical guidelines will assist our doctors and nurses to provide appropriate pain relief for the patients attending our clinic.
Thanks Ben for your sacrifice and commitment to be here.
You have earnt your local nickname of "Oteka" : The great one !
And you are also a friend. (Omera) to many !