On July 27th, “Israeli Medicine on the Equator”, which implements an innovative model for the development of rural medicine in Africa, inaugurated the first diabetes clinic in Uganda in the presence of the Israeli Ambassador to Uganda, the Minister of Local Health and the Solel Boneh Uganda administration.
The multi-disciplinary diabetes clinic in Kibuga, is a product of the development of medical capabilities, which led to the signing of a unique partnership between the Medical Association of Uganda and the Israel Medical Association. As part of this collaboration, medical facilities at the Kibuga hospital will increase.
Prof. Zion Hagay, President of the IMA, said: "Along with its many challenges, Israeli medicine in general, and Israeli doctors in particular, are an example of unprecedented and professional initiatives. "In Uganda, there is a combination of talent and experience, and we are confident that this unique cooperation will bring benefits to both sides."
Since 2005, some 70 Israeli medical professionals have been volunteering at the Kibuga Hospital, one of the poorest areas in Uganda. The initiative has developed into a development project which trains Ugandan doctors to manage health systems and acquire medical knowledge such as diagnosis and treatment of non-communicable diseases. The Israeli doctors work together with the Ministry of Health and the local staff to ensure that the Ugandan doctors apply Israeli medical knowledge and the Israeli doctors learn the local methods of work.