”Uganda was such an amazing place to spend my elective. It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to learn lots about tropical medicine and about working in a low resource environment, both in practical and medical way. Not only was it really interesting in the hospital, but we were also able to have enough time to go on tourist excursions, such as going on safari, rafting down the Nile, and exploring around Jinja. We have gained so much from this trip but it is also nice to think that we have made some difference to people we have encountered in the hospitals, even if only small. Despite struggling at times with the lack of resources and the fact that all doctors run on African time (everything is done very slowly, with patients often not being seen until late morning!), it was a really fulfilling trip and I would love to go back some day. All the people we met were so friendly and wanted us to have the best time we could. We received great support from Act4Africa and everything was really well organised with a very friendly helpful team both in the UK and Uganda. The Act4Africa elective programme is really good value with amazing food and accommodation all included. Four weeks were only enough for a taster of what Uganda has to offer, but it was more than enough to gain invaluable medical experience and moments that I will remember for a long time. ”
Sarah, University of Liverpool, Jinja, Uganda
Read Sarah’s entertaining and informative Blog series on her elective experiences in Uganda – Today is the day, Uganda elective: End of Week 1, Time off for birthday shenanigans, Uganda Elective – A Short Week 2, Exam Results Day, A Trip to Mayuge and Kathy’s Centre, End of Week 3 and Final Week of Medical Elective.
” The best part of the elective as a placement was getting experience of healthcare within Uganda. It was good being able to choose where you wanted to be in the hospital and the relaxed nature of the placement even allowed you to move around to different places within the hospital if you wished to do so. The doctors were enthusiastic to teach and more than willing to have us accompany them around the ward whilst they were seeing patients. The accommodation was brilliant with the housekeeper being the best part of it as she was very welcoming, hospitable, and an amazing cook! ”
Jenny, University of Liverpool, Jinja, Uganda
“This elective with Act4Africa has been the best experience of our lives. We could not have asked for more.”
Grace and Eleanor, Sheffield University, Jinja, Uganda
“I felt so looked after and safe”
Kavita, Birmingham Medical School
“My elective was a fantastic experience. It has really changed the way I look at things.”
Bavan, Leicester Medical School
“The Act4Africa elective is extremely good value for money. It is a unique experience, quite different to other electives on offer.”
Rick, London Medical School
“Before I came to Uganda, I tried to imagine what healthcare in Africa might be like. I was nowhere close. I’ve been forced to improve my most basic skill… I feel more confident and competent as a result.”
Chris, University of Manchester, Jinja, Uganda
“The breadth of opportunity was wide and I could have been part of any speciality I wished… I had a wonderful time – I feel what I gained from my elective far outweighed what I was able to offer!”
Helen, Cardiff Medical School
“I feel privileged to have been given this wonderful experience and was very welcome at the hospital. I learnt a lot about medicine, Tanzanian culture and myself: lessons which will stay with me forever.”
Caitlyn, University of Glasgow, Tanzania
Caitlyn was a nursing student who travelled with her friend, Lauren, who has written a BLOG about their experiences for us.
“I was able to rotate through four different departments at Jinja Hospital. One of the most useful things was going out into the local community to see how primary health care and public health programmes are saving lives in areas currently neglected by the government.”
Megge, University Western Australia, Jinja, Uganda
“I felt completely welcomed into Uganda, allowing me to immerse myself in the Ugandan culture. Being able to go out into the community as well as the hospitals allowed me to learn not just about healthcare, but about the people of Uganda. My time in Jinja gave me the skills and knowledge which will change the way I look at healthcare for the rest of my career.”
Rebecca, Manchester University, Jinja Uganda
“I found the children’s hospital to be the best experience because that is where a majority of the tropical disease was. It was also enhanced by the fact that there were two British doctors working there who explained everything to us. I also enjoyed the community work because it demonstrated how poor the country was and I felt that with the clinical officers, we had valuable knowledge and skills.”
Jennifer, Manchester University, Jinja Uganda
“Being able to immerse myself in the culture and way of life of Uganda, was really beneficial. I loved experiencing the hospitality of the house, the food and not to mention the breathtaking scenery. My placement was so rewarding on many levels. The simplicity of tests and treatment made a real role for diagnosis and eliciting clinical signs, which was so beneficial. We also had the opportunity to do lots of teaching, which also meant we could give something back to the clinical officers, as well as develop our own skills.”
Nicola, Manchester University, Jinja Uganda
“The children’s hospital for me offered the best experience due to the opportunity it presented me to treat a variety of tropical diseases. The two British doctors working at the hospital were incredibly helpful and explained everything clearly to me. The community work demonstrated the resource poor nature of Uganda and how medical officers make a genuine impact in deprived communities.
The consultant ward rounds run on Wednesday mornings were a vastly rewarding experience. Community outreach work meant we not only became more confident in treating common diseases, but also in assimilating into the local communities. Being housed with a local family also helped this assimilation process greatly. Martin and Alison made sure that I was aware of every eventuality, and I felt that my safety was top of their list. I was impressed by the input of experienced travellers and their advice, such as the need to consider the social repercussions of certain behaviour.”
Rick, London University, Jinja Uganda
“‘I didn’t really know what to expect from a medical elective in Uganda before I got here. I was rather nervous on my first day as I approached the hospital. But the second I introduced myself I was made to feel welcome by the nurses and junior doctors that I worked with. Working in Uganda is a wonderful experience that balances many of the skills I felt weak in my final year of medical school.”
Christopher Kerrigan, Jinja.
Read Christopher’s BLOG here.
“My first day at Jinja hospital was so unbelievably fascinating and thought provoking, and a day that will change the way I look at medicine for the rest of my career.”
Nicola Phillips, Jinja
Read Nicola’s BLOG here.
“This is excellent practice for me because it has allowed me to improve my knowledge and skills in paediatrics and infectious diseases. I have had the opportunity to take histories, examine and present patients to the doctors and discuss plans too.”
Jennifer Paskins, Jinja
Read Jennifer’s BLOG here.