International Health Project

A17 International Health LP

The Gulu Regional Referral Hospital (GRRH), located in a resource-limited, post-conflict area of Northern Uganda, has long faced a critical staffing shortage.

Since 2013, UBC’s International Health Project has offered UBC internal medicine residents clinical electives on GRRH’s medical ward. Here, UBC residents undertake short-term medical rotations to support the hospital’s limited staff and learn valuable skills by providing patient care in a low-resource setting. Due to GRRH’s staffing shortage, however, the program faces an immediate need for clinicians dedicated to providing patient care on the medical ward and serving as clinical liaisons with visiting UBC medical teams. By making a donation, you can support the project to fill this need.

The International Health Project has responded by hiring two medical officers (junior doctors) to work on the medical ward and liaise with the program. The International Health Project is now inviting philanthropic contributions to help support the medical officers’ salaries and additional training—and, ultimately, enhance UBC residents’ educational experience at the GRRH.

The International Health Project’s clinical faculty is committed to collaborating with GRRH, and will mentor the newly hired medical officers both on-site during medical rotations and via weekly video-conferenced case discussions. The medical officers will also have the opportunity to undertake a one-month clinical observership on Vancouver General Hospital’s clinical teaching unit.

Your support will not only improve patient care in a high-traffic Ugandan hospital, but it will strengthen the global experience of UBC’s internal medicine residents, equipping them with invaluable skills and competencies to carry throughout their careers in global health. Together, we can create a world where health has no borders.

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