What a Difference a Year Makes
What a difference a year makes! Yesterday we visited GRI's clinic in Odobu, Uganda. It was my first return visit since helping initiate GRI's involvement there early last year. It was so encouraging to see all that the clinic has become. Clinic staff are providing high level obstetrics, pediatric care including immunizations, inpatient and outpatient care. They have a fully functional, well organized pharmacy as well as basic lab services. Most of these services were not available at the clinic prior to last year.
After spending a better part of the day with the Odubu staff, it became clear that they are providing excellent life saving inpatient care to multiple severely ill patients on a daily basis. We reviewed several inpatient cases with staff and I was pleased to learn that many children have received life saving care over the past few months - many from severe or cerebral malaria and a few from snake bites. All of this was found to be that much more amazing when you consider the inpatient unit is comprised of a worn out tent with a dirt floor. Part of the purpose of this trip was to assess the needs at Odubu and the best way for GRI to support them. It is clear that improving their inpatient facilities would make an important and significant impact right away. There is very little available in the way of transfer of inpatients that need additional care. The referral hospital is hours away when transport is available and there is often no care available in route. Patients often do not survive the journey. Hopefully by improving the inpatient facilities we can impact the care of the sickest of patients.
Matt Nowland- GRI Senior Medical Director
Our staff entered DR Congo this morning. Their assessment there will help determine future GRI projects in the area.