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Liverpool University medical student, Sarah Read is carrying out her elective placement with Act4Africa this month.  Watch out for her guest blogs over coming weeks on her experiences in Jinja, Uganda. Over to Sarah…

I’m sat here writing this despite the fact it still hasn’t hit me I am really going to Uganda and will have arrived on solid ground in just under 24 hours time! Looking at my empty suitcase and the pile of things I have to put into it, I’m not convinced it’s all going to fit! We ordered some medical supplies earlier this week and despite some of them being bulky and heavy, I am so happy to be able to take them across with me – from what I’ve heard from people who have been to Jinja before, anything will be very much appreciated. Thank you again for all your support – I can’t say it enough.


I’m currently feeling such a mixture of nerves and excitement that half of me wants to run and get on the plane already, whereas the other half wants to run and hide! I only think that it will start to feel real when I’m sat on the plane ready to take off – hopefully I’ll be able to get some sleep on the flight! We only have an hour and a half in Dubai before getting the second flight to Entebbe and then arrive in Uganda about 13:00 local time (GMT+3). Like most people who have grown up in the UK, I think that I have a lot of stereotypes about Africa and have no idea what to expect – I’m even looking forward to the two hour drive from Entebbe to Jinja!

I will update again as soon as I can once I land, but it depends very much on internet access!

Sarah Read – 30 June 2018