A 28-member team of health care professionals from Duke University Medical Center is carrying nine tons of surplus medical equipment and donated supplies to the 1500-bed New Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Mulago Hospital staff will be trained to use and maintain the new equipment then surgeons from both countries will join in conducting a number of brain and spinal surgeries.

The project is administered by Duke’s Global Health Institute.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Americans Have Landed

Our Duke Medicine in Uganda correspondent Michelle Gailiun is having some connectivity issues. She emailed photos and text over the weekend and we're posting them from Durham. Enjoy!

Nothing like setting high expectations....During a formal program welcoming the Duke delegation, Dr. Stephen Mallinga, the Ugandan Minister of Health, (shaking hands with Dr. Steve Paker) likened our arrival to D-Day. He told the crowd, "The Americans have landed. Things are never going to be the same at Mulago Hospital." He also said that many people have come through his office wanting to help the people of Uganda, but none has ever come back. Mallinga and others seem to sense that Duke's program is just a first step in a long and enduring partnership. Everyone seems to be excited about it - the nurses, especially. I overheard one of them during the ceremony say, "Come on, let's unpack!"