Making a difference in Uganda

By Rotary International

Members of the vocational training team in Uganda.

Members of the vocational training team in Uganda.

By Lisa Miller, a member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, USA

Sixteen mothers die in childbirth in Uganda every day. How can we make a difference?

Ryan Smith, then a medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, posed that question to his father several years ago. The question, and his father’s membership in Rotary, combined to bring together staff from two medical schools — Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, USA, and Makerere University School of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda, to exchange ideas, share technology, and discuss ways to reduce mortality and morbidity during and after childbirth and improve access to essential medical services.

Ron Smith, a member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell and a recent recipient of the Drexel University Alumni Association’s Service to Community Award, spearheaded the maternal and child health project for our club. In partnership with other clubs, Drexel University College of Medicine, and other interested parties, the project set out to create a sustainable exchange of healthcare ideas and train healthcare professionals. All of this came from one idea.

We expect to see an impact well beyond what is visible during the project. Immediately, …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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