Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda urgently needs your help

Dear friends, Kisiizi Hospital, one of the best managed community general hospitals in rural East Africa, has been devastated by floods. I am reaching out to you as a man born and raised less than 20 kilometers from that hospital, in Kigezi region of Uganda, and on behalf of the Board of the International Community of Banyakigezi […]

The Doctor who would like to be Jennifer Musisi’s driver

Dr. Silvia Awor, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Gulu University, followed an academic track at Class A institutions. High school at Mt. Saint Mary’s Namagunga; Medical school at Makerere University; and Postgraduate fellowship in obstetrics and gynaecology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Hers was the kind of education that prepared her to effectively compete […]

African rulers and their choice of death abroad

  Uganda’s current rulers and their associates spend millions of public dollars on their healthcare abroad, complete with comfortable digs for their bajanjabi (attendants) and pocket money for a little shopping before returning home. President Yoweri Museveni puts the annual figure at $75 million. This is Uganda’s contribution to the advance of quality health care […]

What does a sick Ugandan do? Good question, Ms. Kadaga

  Three Ugandan politicians have died in the last three weeks. Maria Lubega Mutagamba, a former minister of tourism died from complications of liver cancer.  She was 64. John Sebaana Kizito, a former government minister, wealthy businessman, mayor of Kampala, political party leader and presidential candidate died from a stroke. He was 82. Kaudha Grace […]

Yes, honor Dr. Margaret Mungherera in Parliament

Of the many beautiful tributes and eulogies last week in memory of the late Dr. Margaret Mungherera, I was especially struck by what was said by two key figures in Uganda’s ruling establishment. Former Vice-President Specioza Wandira-Kazibwe wanted Margaret’s body in parliament. After all she was a national hero, Specioza rightly observed.  Prime Minister Ruhakana […]

Dr. Margaret Mungherera lived for a cause

Dr. Margaret Mungherera, dead at 59. Hard to write that. Last time I met her, Margaret was so full of life, so full of that energy that always uplifted us even when things appeared dark. She came to us, like a bright meteorite in the dark African sky, here but a moment, an impact event, […]

Jinja triplet deaths compounded by news media distortions

It appears that the Monitor report that triplets died last week because the mother had been refused admission to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital was a distortion of the facts. To be sure, I was angry when I read that the staff had refused to admit Ms. Monicah Wokobeire, the triplets’ mother, because they were preparing […]

Surgery and operating rooms- the journey continues

In the blog on Caesarean Section in Buganda in 1879, we reproduce the report of a surgical delivery of a baby that was witnessed by Robert William Felkin, a medical student who was serving as King Mutesa’s personal physician. The advances in human surgery that have taken place over the intervening 130 years represent the proverbial […]