First Introductions to the Uganda Cancer Center and Mulago National Referral Hospital

First Introductions to the Uganda Cancer Center and Mulago National Referral Hospital
Nikko, Jeff, Benjamin, and Stacy outside of the Uganda Cancer Center

Today, Wednesday, was our first day to work in the hospital and Uganda Cancer Center (UCC) wards and we all had a great experience. Stacy worked in the UCC pharmacy and learned a lot about how the medications are dispensed. She was impressed to learn that the pharmacy technicians have 3 years of training to be able to hold this position as compared to sometimes no training at all for the technicians in the USA. One funny story she told us when we had lunch at the canteen is that she was surprised by their question asking her if soon to be married grooms have to pay money or provide gifts to the brides family in order to be wed (bride price). She wasn’t aware that this is still a common practice in Uganda. In the USA the only thing that would be similar to that traditions is that a long time ago a bride might have brought a “dowry” to her husband which is money and gifts that she or her parents have accumulated for her wedding but this isn’t usually done these days.

Huge traffic jam in Kampala - a frequent occurence

Huge traffic jam in Kampala – a frequent occurence

This picture shows a “Jam”. What we, in the USA, would usually call a “traffic jam”, the Ugandans have shortened to just “jam”. For example, they might say they were late because of the “jam” or I got caught in a “jam”. Also note the boda-boda. These are motorcycle taxis and many people use them because they are very inexpensive and they get places more quickly- primarily because they weave in and out of traffic and go where cars can’t go, like on curbs and sidewalks sometimes. The drivers are supposed to wear helmets themselves and provide one for their passenger but this is seldom done. But, the Ugandan government has recently been increasing their efforts of making people aware of the law about helmets and has a new campaign to convince people that the increased safety is worth it. Boda-Boda accidents cause the majority of death and injuries from road accidents. The new initiative is called the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative. What a clever name and way to put it into perspective- wearing helmets is to boda-boda accident deaths/injuries as vaccines are to illnesses like tetanus and influenza.

A lovely night out and a delicious meal.

A lovely night out and a delicious meal.

This final picture is at dinner our first night in Kampala. The restaurant is Mediteraneo, a very fine Italian restaurant. The food is excellent- I highly recommend the beef filet and mushroom sauce, and the ambiance is elegant. From the moment you enter you are greeted and attended to like royalty. We will definitely eat there again!

About kbohan

Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Binghamton, NY USA
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4 Responses to First Introductions to the Uganda Cancer Center and Mulago National Referral Hospital

  1. carol acacio says:

    Nice hearing from you guys and seeing pictures

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Judy Heikkinen says:

    Thanks for keeping me in the loop. I love to read all the posts and am sharing them with some friends. ‘Looks like mighty fancy dining. I’m eating leftovers tonight. Very busy in OB today and I have a bible study at church tonight. Karen, take care of that knee. Mom

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Debra Prelewicz says:

    I love being able to read and see what you are experiencing. It looks like you are having some great dining adventures! Love, Mom and Dad


  4. KarenBeth says:

    Thanks for all of the comments! Feel free to ask questions if any arise.


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