My name is Adam Moore from UHSM, Manchester UK and a nurse by profession, I volunteered in Uganda, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital between 6th June 2017 to 18th August 2017.
During my volunteer placement period at Gulu regional referral hospital, I had numerous roles like:-
- Teaching junior doctors clinical skills in a classroom format
- Teaching medical officers and medical students clinical skills 'on the floor' (informal sessions)
- Gaining experience in GRRH, the first experience of nursing in a limited resource setting
- Skillshare with local nurses concerning patient observation, documentation, and treatment
- Liaising with medical and nursing staff with an aim to make some aspects of treatment more effective- primarily regular checking and charting of observations, and emphasizing the importance of triage system in ED.
I chose to volunteer in Gulu Regional Referral Hospital mainly because of the existing MoU and link between Gulu and Manchester, that meant it was easier to take leave from work in the UK with my assurance of my job security, I was enthusiast in learning about the way medical and nursing care is delivered in a low resource setting, I had long anticipated interest in to learn tropical diseases, and keen to gain experience in treating patients with these health problems, and also received positive feedback from other nurses who had worked before in Gulu.
I was fortunate to work with excellent nurses and Doctors who were able to offer excellent care despite many resources being limited. Learned lots about nursing those with tropical diseases.
I noticed some things I learned from the UK based training were Universal and interesting to compare the differences in Ugandan and UK systems, in many respects.
An excellent introduction to working in a low resource setting, and to tropical nursing
Interesting and thought-provoking experience which has made me want to learn more about nursing in the tropics.
I enjoyed every moment during volunteering placement in Gulu. I was very fortunate to work with excellent clinicians who were supportive of my role as nurse volunteer there. I found the experience broadened my horizon in terms of nursing in the tropics. Following going to Gulu for six weeks last summer, I undertook a Diploma in Tropical Nursing, and am applying for a role with Medicins Sans Frontier this year. Without this first taste of nursing in Uganda, it is unlikely I would have followed this path.