Uganda

Country

Political status: Peaceful Republic Fertility rate: 6 children born/woman
President: Yoweri Museveni Life expectancy: 53 years
Surface: 236.000 km² Infant mortality: 61/1000 births
Language: English Doctor/patient ratio: 1:22.000
Population: 42 million HIV prevalence: 6.4%

Itinerary

  1. Entebbe
  2. Kampala
  3. Jinja
  4. Kampala
  5. Mbarara
  6. Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP)
  7. Fort Portal
  8. Kampala
  9. Entebbe

Participants travel on tarmac- and maram roads (approx. 1400 km) in a comfortable 4x4 bus with an experienced English-speaking driver.

Curriculum

Schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, malaria, African trypanosomiasis, amoebiasis, typhoid fever, shigellosis, leprosy, HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic infections, dengue fever and new emerging arboviruses, dermatology in the tropics, ophtalmology in the tropics, occupational medicine in the tropics, DD of fever and diarrhoea in the tropics, WHO-vaccination guidelines for travelers, laboratory- and ultrasound diagnosis for tropical infectious diseases, medical botany.

Teaching CME Hours
Ward rounds and case presentations 20
Field excursions 15
Laboratory manuals 10
Lectures and round-table discussions 15
Total CME Hours 60

Program sequence (click every single day)

Day 1: Sunday
Transfer from Entebbe International Airport to Cassia Lodge in Kampala (40 km)
23:00 Introduction to the medical program at Cassia Lodge (Dr. Schaefer). Meeting point: Reception
Day 2: Monday
09:00 – 10:00 Lecture: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS (Dr. Schaefer)
10:15 – 13:15 Ward rounds: AIDS patients at the Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC), Kampala (Dr. Ssemmanda)
13:45 – 15:45 Laboratory manuals: Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic infections (Mr. Lubwama)
Drive to Mabira (40 km)
17:00 – 18:00 Field excursion: Medical botany in Mabira Rain Forest (Mr. Kungujje)
Drive to Jinja (40 km)
Day 3: Tuesday
Drive to St. Francis Hospital – Buluba (40 km)
9:00 – 10:00 Lecture: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of leprosy (Dr. Schaefer)
10:15 – 13:15 Ward rounds: Patients with leprosy and other skin conditions,St. Francis Hospital – Buluba (Dr. Henry)
14:00 – 16:00 Laboratory manuals: Diagnosis of leprosy and other skin infections, St. Francis Hospital – Buluba
(Dr. Elizabeth)
Drive to Jinja (40 km)
Day 4: Wednesday
08:00 – 09:00 Lecture: Differential diagnosis of fever in the tropics (Dr. Schaefer)
09:15 – 10:15 Lecture: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment and control of African trypanosomiasis (Dr. Schaefer)
Drive to Buikwe Hospital (20 km)
11:00 – 14:00 Ward rounds: Patients with African trypanosomiasis, Buikwe Subdivision Hospital (Dr. Jozeph)
14:30 – 16:30 Laboratory manuals: Diagnosis of African trypanosomiasis, Buikwe Subdivision Hospital (Dr. Patrick)
17:00 – 19:00 Field excursion: Prevention and control strategies (trapping of Tse-Tse flies) of African trypanosomiasis in a rural area in Buikwe (Dr. Patrick)
Drive to Jinja (20 km)
Day 5: Thursday
Drive to Kakira Hospital (30 km)
09:00 – 10:00 Lecture: Occupational medicine in the Kakira Sugar Cane Factory (Dr. Adia)
10:30 – 12:30 Ward rounds: Patients with work related accidents and infections at Kakira Hospital (Dr. Adia)
Drive to Mbarara (320 km)
Day 6: Friday
09:00 – 10:00 Lecture: Differential diagnosis of diarrhoea in the tropics (Dr. Schaefer)
10:15 – 12:15 Ward rounds: Patients with diarrhoeal infections at the University hospital, Mbarara (Dr. Amir)
13:30 – 15:30 Ward rounds: Tropical dermatology in the Skin Clinic, University Hospital Mbarara (Dr. Peter)
17:00 – 18:00 Lecture: Dengue fever and new emerging arbovirus infections (Dr. Schaefer)
Day 7: Saturday
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (170 km)
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After dinner: Participants can (optional) present for about 15 minutes their work-, research- oversea-experience etc. to the other participants (Please come with flash stick)
Day 8: Sunday
Boat-trip on Kazinga Channel between Lake George and Lake Edward
After dinner: movie: “The last King of Scotland” is a great film on the rise and fall of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada seen through the eyes of his personal Scottish physician (Oscar 2006)
Day 9: Monday
8:30 – 10:30 Lecture: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of malaria (Dr. Schaefer)
11:00 – 12:00 Lecture: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of lymphatic filariasis
(Dr. Schaefer)
Drive to Fort Portal via Kasese (150 km)
Day 10: Tuesday
09:00 – 12:00 Ward rounds: Patients with malaria and lymphatic filariasis at Kabarole Hospital, Fort Portal (Dr. Solomom & Dr. Wasswa)
12:30 – 14:30 Laboratory manuals: Diagnosis of malaria, Kabarole Hospital, Fort Portal (Dr. Moses)
15:00 – 16:00 Lecture: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of schistosomiasis (Dr. Schaefer)
Drive to the Bunyaruguru Crater Lakes (40 km)
17:00 – 19:00 Field excursion: Prevention and control strategies of schistosomiasis in the Bunyaruguru Crater Lakes (Dr. Clouds)
Drive to Fort Portal (40 km)
Day 11: Wednesday
08:00 – 10:00 Lecture: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of onchocerciasis and other ophtalmological infections in Uganda (Dr. Ronald)
10:30 – 13:30 Field excursion: After a visit to the onchocerciasis headquarter in Fort Portal, field trip to an endemic area of onchocerciasis in Kamwenge District, where prevention and control strategies are carried out (Dr. Clouds)
15:00 – 17:00 Ward rounds: Patients with onchocerciasis and other ophtalmological disorders in the Eye Clinic, Fort Portal hospital (Dr. Ronald)
Day 12: Thursday
08:30 – 9:30 Lecture: WHO-vaccination guidelines for travelers (Dr. Schaefer)
09:45 – 12:45 Field excursion: Guided visit to the Tooro Botanical Gardens, where Artemisia Annua and other herbal plants are grown for the treatment of tropical infectious diseases (Mr. Lawrence)
Drive to Kyenjojo (50 km)
13:30 – 17:30 Field excursion: Prevention and control strategies of malaria: bednet studies in Kyenjojo District (Dr. Paul)
Drive to Kampala via Mubende (180 km)
Day 13: Friday
09:00 – 12:00 Laboratory manuals at Mengo hospital, Kampala: Hands-on microscopy of parasites in the blood, stool and urine (Dr. Benjamin)
12:30 – 13:30 Lecture: Ultrasound images and x-rays of patients with Tropical Infectious Diseases in Mengo Hospital
(Dr. Kisembo)
Transfer to Entebbe International Airport (40 km)
CHANGES MAY OCCUR WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE

Accommodation

Travel preparation

Immigration

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Keep copies of the relevant pages of your passport separately. A tourist visa (single entry, 1 month duration) can be obtained on arrival at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda and costs US$ 50,-.

Health

You should be in good health and reasonably fit. You should be vaccinated against yellow fever. Custom officials check upon arrival your yellow vaccination booklet. It is highly recommended to be vaccinated againt polio, diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A and to take malaria prophylaxis (malarone or doxycycline).

Check wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/Uganda.

Carry essential medicine with you, and if you like, bring antibiotics, syringes, gloves etc., which are always in need in hospitals! If asked at the customs on arrival, explain that the medicines are for “private use”.

Luggage
light trousers hand sanitizer
jeans USB-stick (8 GB)
shorts/skirt mosquito repellent
shirts sun cream
t-shirts flashlight
light sweater alarm clock
light impermeable wind jacket universal travel adapter
comfortable sport shoes with proper soles light rucksack
slippers bathing suit
sunglasses small umbrella
hat

Should be packed in a soft, lockable travel bag (not bulky suitcase). Maximum luggage weight is 15 kg per person. You don’t need a mosquito net, white coat or stethoscope.

Medical literature

Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine, Andrew Brent et al., Oxford University Press, 4th Edition (2014) ISBN-10: 0199692564, ISBN-13: 978-0199692569.

Amazon

Travel guide

Uganda, Philipp Briggs with Andrew Roberts, Bradt Travel Guides, 8th Edition, November 2016, ISBN-9781784770228, www.bradtguides.com

Laundry

Service is provided in all hotels.

Money

It is recommended to carry approximately US$ 400,- cash (bills dated after 2010) for meals, drinks, tips and personal expenses. You can withdraw Uganda Shillings cash with your VISA-credit card (don’t forget your pin number!) from ATM machines in Uganda. Other credit cards are less popular.

Insurance

You should have your own comprehensive travel insurance (health, accident, baggage, cancellation etc.) www.worldnomads.com.

Internet, Mobile phone

Wireless is offered in some hotels. Mobile phones (Vodafone) work here as well.

Airlines to Entebbe, Uganda
  • KLM via Amsterdam
  • British Airways via London
  • BrusselsAir via Brüssel
  • Swiss via Zürich
  • Turkish Airlines via Istanbul
  • Qatar Airways via Doha
  • Emirates via Dubai
  • Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Abeba

Inform TROPMEDEX contact@tropmedex.com in due time of your date and time of arrival at Entebbe as well as your departure from Entebbe.

Airport transfer

A free taxi airport transfer (40 km) is provided from Entebbe International Airport to Cassia Lodge www.cassialodge.com near Kampala. Your taxi driver from Cassia Lodge waits for you in the arrival area of the airport building holding a blackboard with your name. The transfer takes about 60-90 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Leisure Program before or after the excursion

You can treck the Mountain Gorillas, climb the Rwenzori Mountains or go on safari in Murchinson Falls National Park. Contact TROPMEDEX contact@tropmedex.com for further information.