Uganda: December 4-13
About the Trip
In collaboration with MASCO-Uganda, Project C.U.R.E will conduct its inaugural clinic in Lira, Uganda based at Christ Care Medical Center. They’ve already received 2 containers from us, and now it’s time to join forces on the ground! Christ Care Medical Center serves a population of 15,000 and your time will be spent providing primary care and assisting healthcare professionals in three communities. The top illnesses treated at the Christ Care Medical center are malaria, diarrhea, STDs, pelvic inflammatory disease, typhoid, tropical ulcers, hypertension, and respiratory tract infections. In addition to providing primary care, you will help assess the main health needs of the community, provide useful feedback to our partners and provide valuable individual patient education and community health education, all while exploring the natural environment and soaking up the local Ugandan lifestyle. We accept all medical and non-medical professionals but are especially looking for all specialty doctors like pediatricians, OB/GYNs, general surgeons, and anesthesiologists, as well as nurses and scrub techs.
About the Country
Uganda is a landlocked African country bordered to the west by Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, to the south by Tanzania, to the east by Kenya, and to the north by South Sudan. Uganda is known as the “pearl of Africa”, with topography consisting of forests, mountains, lakes and savannas containing extraordinary biological diversity. The population is about 43 million with English and Swahili as the official languages. Uganda’s main exports are coffee, precious metals, fish, and cocoa beans, yet despite its cache of natural resources it remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Malaria is prevalent throughout the country and outbreaks of infectious diseases and viral hemorrhagic fevers occur regularly. Likewise, civil war and coups have historically ravaged the country; ongoing problems from war injuries require recurring treatment.
About the Program Cost
Your tax-deductible donation to participate on a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Uganda is $2,400. This program cost covers all accommodations, meals, clean water, and transportation once in-country, including internal airfare, buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers, tips, and boats/ferries (when applicable). Program costs also include the coverage of interpreters, medications, C.U.R.E. Kits, Kits for Kids, medical travel and evacuation insurance, Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the State Department, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel packet with Project C.U.R.E. scrub set and t-shirt, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions and activities are included. Please note alcohol, internet access, laundry, and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Uganda. If you would like assistance in booking your flight, you can have our travel agent (contact information listed on suggested flight itinerary) book the flight for you for an additional $30 fee. International airfare, visa fees and vaccinations are NOT included in the Program Cost. The team leader will meet you in the baggage claim area, and from there you will travel together to your accommodations. Find suggested flight itineraries HERE.
Sample Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Your adventure begins as you land in Entebbe near Lake Victoria in central Uganda. From there we’ll make our way to the country’s capital and largest city, Kampala, for our first night.
Day 2: We’ll drive north to Lira, where we’ll get settled in our home for the next 7 nights. We'll do some team building and dig in to preparations for our upcoming clinics.
Day 3: Meet your hosts at Christ Care Medical Center, about 20 kilometers outside of Lira. We’ll tour the medical center, organize medical supplies and get ready for 4 days of clinics.
Day 4-7: We'll base ourselves at Christ Care Medical Center working alongside Ugandan providers to help address the needs of the people from the village area around Tedam. We will provide two days of care at the clinic, and two days conducting mobile clinics for patients in Okwang and Kwania. You won't soon tire of the abundance of gratitude given by your patients, and the team of local providers and interpreters will help you feel even more connected to the local community.
Day 8: We’ll enjoy a cultural excursion as a group, taking in the local sights, experiences, and flavors.
Day 9: We’ll drive back to Kampala for our final dinner and last overnight in order to get a good night's rest before returning home.
Day 10: Hugs and goodbyes to fellow group members as we head to the airport in Entebbe for departure.
Donate to C.U.R.E. Clinics & Make a Difference!
Your donation will help cover the expenses for you or another medical volunteer to serve and treat the most vulnerable patients, families and children around the world while helping us deliver health & hope to those that need it most. Every dollar you donate makes a big difference!
- Your $25 Donation will help cure 500 patients of intestinal worms that consume 30% of daily nutrients in patients that are usually already lacking proper nourishment.
- Your $50 Donation provides reading glasses for 100 patients.
- Your $500 Donation provides rapid malaria tests for 100 patients--allowing them to receive proper treatment and avoid potential death or permanent disability.
- Your $1,000 Donation provides 9 months' worth of essential prenatal vitamins for 25 women. These imperative vitamins help prevent issues like spina bifida in babies and anemia in moms while supporting the proper development of the baby.