We Have Arrived in Kampala, Uganda

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Hello all- we have arrived. Boy I forgot just how long and tiring this journey to Uganda is. About 32 hours after we left Washington DC we arrived at Entebbe Airport. Our flight out of Heathrow was delayed for almost 2 hours while we waited in the plane, but when we got in the air the pilot was able to make up some time and we were only about 1 hour late. Then we had to run around here and there to deliver our luggage to the Mulago Hospital Guest House- remember all 10 bags plus carryons. I wasn’t sure they were going to fit in our driver’s car and it was quite tight but we did it. I am so thankful for our wonderful driver, Haji, who was waiting patiently for us (he got there really early so he had to wait almost 3 hours.) Then he spent the rest of the day taking us all over Kampala to get water and SIM cards for the phones and a USB modem for my computer. The picture above is not the best but it was mid-day and we were finally able to relax in a lovely coffee shop called Good African Coffee and have delicious mochas and a light lunch. We missed our first appointment with one of the pharmacists at the hospital but he can meet us tomorrow morning. We also weren’t able to meet up with one of the Makerere Pharmacy students as planned, but that can also happen tomorrow. But, we were able to meet with Benjamin, the wonderfully competent and dedicated chief pharmacist of the Uganda Cancer Center. The best thing about the day was meeting up with old friends! It was like we could pick up just where we left off last fall when I visited. Even checking into the Mulago Hospital guest house was like coming home. Both the head manager and the daily operations manager were on hand to greet us. Well, it has been a tiring trip and it is finally time to get some shut eye. More adventures in the days to come.

About kbohan

Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Binghamton, NY USA
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3 Responses to We Have Arrived in Kampala, Uganda

  1. I am so excited to have stumbled on to your blog tonight! I work for a non profit, that installs solar power in hospitals, clinics, schools, orphanages, etc. I have been asked to supply power to a clinic that needs a refrigerator for vaccines. I would love to be able to do this for the clinic, but I need some information about the requirements for the fridge. Is there any chance you could help me with these questions? My email is charlene@solarlightforafrica,org, and our web-site is http://www.solarlightforafrica.org. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I will be heading over to Uganda about the time you all are leaving!

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    • kbohan says:

      Hello Charlene, So nice to hear from you. Sounds like wonderful work you are doing. When do you arrive in Uganda and where is the clinic? I think I can help you with the frig requirements for storing vaccines, but I’m on my way to the hospital so I’ll get back to you later. Did they purchase the frig yet? I’m guessing not but just wanted to check, are you bringing them the frig? Do you know if they will store frozen vaccines as well as refrigerated ones? I’m guessing they will need to do that. I’ll talk to you later. KarenBeth

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      On Sep 18, 2013, at 3:25 AM, Out of the Pharmacy Classroom and Into

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    • kbohan says:

      Charlene, The link below should answer your vaccine storage questions. It is the guidance from the CDC on vaccine storage. Please let me know if you have additional questions or if we might meet when you come to Uganda. I am in Kampala until 9/28 and then Masindi until 10/14 then back to Kampala for the night of 10/14 and to Entebbe for night of 10/15. Many blessings with your important work.

      http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/vac-storage.pdf

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      On Sep 18, 2013, at 8:50 AM, KarenBeth Bohan wrote:

      Hello Charlene, So nice to hear from you. Sounds like wonderful work you are doing. When do you arrive in Uganda and where is the clinic? I think I can help you with the frig requirements for storing vaccines, but I’m on my way to the hospital so I’ll get back to you later. Did they purchase the frig yet? I’m guessing not but just wanted to check, are you bringing them the frig? Do you know if they will store frozen vaccines as well as refrigerated ones? I’m guessing they will need to do that. I’ll talk to you later. KarenBeth

      Sent from my iPad

      On Sep 18, 2013, at 3:25 AM, Out of the Pharmacy Classroom and Into

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