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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Smallest Supplies Can Mean a Big Difference

Michelle Gailiun writes:

It's hard to believe that we're only a week away from departure. There seems to be so much yet to do. I caught up with Dr. Haglund outside the OR this morning and he showed me this small filter. It may not seem like much - it doesn't cost more than a few dollars - but it's a critical component to a ventilator. Without a filter, a ventilator is useless. Most of the ventilators at the New Mulago hosptial in Kampala have been sidelined because they lack filters. You can bet there will be plenty of these among the six tons of supplies that will be leaving shortly!