After an exciting visit to TASO (The AIDS Support Organization), we split up into two different groups. Eight Drake students that were not focused on business/entrepreneurship got to visit and tour Mulago Hospital, the main and biggest public hospital in Kampala, where they treat the sickest of the sick. It was the most eye-opening day I have ever experienced. Today was the largest realization of culture shock,with the difference between an advanced country and a developing country, I have had on this entire trip. Words cannot even describe all the thoughts that were going through my head when walking through the hospital. We got to go ‘behind the scenes’ and see the different facilities and levels of the hospital. The way their system works is that the less you are able to pay or the fewer doctors you personally know, the worse service you get. The main things I noticed were the amount of families there to comfort and support their sick loved ones, sanitary problems in the wards, the lack of space (at least 20 very sick or hurt patients to a room, on top of lots of family members sitting with them), and that it seemed like most of the doctors, nurses, and staff seemed to not give the patients much attention or help. I thought it was amazing that Mulago just got a new heart institute, the best CAT scans in the country, as well as plans to get an MRI very soon.
Overall this was a great and meaningful experience to be apart of. What were you shocked about the most? What are the main comparisons and contradictions you can make between our hospitals and theirs? How does the quality of healthcare at Mulago effect sustainable development? What would you say needs the most improvement in order to be a more efficient hospital and how would you suggest they implement this improvement?