Uganda

Country

Political status: Republic Fertility rate: 5 children born/woman
President: Yoweri Museveni Life expectancy: 63 years
Surface: 236.000 km² Infant mortality: 40/1000 births
Language: English Doctor/patient ratio: 1:25.000
Population: 46 million HIV prevalence: 6.2%

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 4×4 bus with an experienced English-speaking driver.

Curriculum

Schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, African trypanosomiasis, amoebiasis, typhoid fever, shigellosis, leprosy, HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic infections, Dengue fever, Chikungunya fever, West Nile fever and other arboviral infections, dermatology in the tropics, occupational medicine in the tropics, DD of fever and diarrhoea in the tropics, 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 Two Friends Hotel, Entebbe (5 km)
23.00 Briefing on the excursion at Two Friends Hotel (Dr. Schaefer). Meeting point: reception
Day 2: Monday
09.00-10:00 Lecture: Update on HIV/AIDS in Africa (Dr. Schaefer)
Drive to the Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC) in Luboa (20 km)
10.15-13.15 Ward rounds: patients with AIDS and opportunistic infections at JCRC (Dr. Muyanya)
13.45-15.45 Laboratory manuals: Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and opportunistic infections at JCRC (Dr. Nkalubo)
Drive to Mabira (40 km)
16.00-19.00 Field excursion: Medical botany in Mabira Rain Forest (Dr. Onesma)
Drive to Jinja (40 km)
Day 3: Tuesday
Drive to St. Francis Hospital – Buluba (40 km)
09.00-10.00 Lecture: Update on leprosy (Dr. Schaefer)
10.15-13.15 Ward rounds: Patients with leprosy, Buruli ulcer and other skin infections,    St. Francis Hospital – Buluba (Dr. Stephen)
14.00-16:00 Laboratory manuals: Diagnosis of leprosy and other skin infections, St. Francis Hospital – Buluba (Dr. Luke)
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: Update on African trypanosomiasis (Dr. Schaefer)
Drive to Buikwe (20 km)
11.00–14.00 Ward rounds: Children with fever at Buikwe Subdivision Hospital (Dr. Lwassa)
14.30–16.30 Laboratory manuals: Diagnosis of African trypanosomiasis, Buikwe Subdivision Hospital (Mr. Wilfred)
17.00–19.00 Field excursion: Prevention and control strategies (trapping of Tse-Tse flies) of African trypanosomiasis in a rural area in Buikwe (Mr. Patrick)
Drive to Jinja (20 km)
Day 5: Thursday
Drive to Kakira Hospital (30 km)
07.30-08.30 Lecture: Update on Cholera (Dr. Schaefer)
09.00-10.00 Lecture: Occupational medicine in 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 via Kampala (320 km)
Day 6: Friday
07.00-08.00 Lecture: Dermatological diseases in Uganda (Prof. Grace)
08.15-12.15 Ward rounds: Patients with sickle cell anaemia and infectious diseases in the University Hospital, Mbarara (Prof. Edwin)
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (170 km)
19.00-21.00 Lecture: Update on Dengue-, Chikungunya- and West Nile Fever (Dr. Schaefer)
Day 7: Saturday
06.30-08.30
Field excursion: Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, watching antilopes (reservoir) and the habitat of African Trypanosomiasis (Mr. Edgar)
09.00-10.00 Lecture: Update on poisonous snakes in Africa (Dr. Schaefer)
Day 8: Sunday
Boat-trip on Kazinga Channel between Lake George and Lake Edward
09.00-11.00 Lecture: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of malaria (Dr. Schaefer)
11.15-12.15 Lecture: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of lymphatic filariasis (Dr. Schaefer)
Drive to Fort Portal via Kasese (150 km)
17.00-18.00 Lecture: Update on Ebola in Africa (Dr. Schaefer)
After dinner: Movie “The last King of Scotland.” 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
8:00-9:00 Lecture: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of schistosomiasis (Dr. Schaefer)
09.30-11.30 Laboratory manuals: Diagnosis of parasitic infections at the Alpha Medical Centre in Fort Portal (Dr. Henry)
Drive to the Bunyaruguru Crater Lakes (20 km)
12.30-14.30 Field excursion: Prevention and control strategies of schistosomiasis in a school in the Bunyaruguru Crater Lakes area (Dr. Clouds)
Drive to Fort Portal (40 km)
16.00-19.00 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. Godfrey)
Day 10: Tuesday
07.00-11.00 Ward rounds: Patients with typhoid fever, malaria, lymphatic filariasis and viral infections. Alpha Medical Centre, Fort Portal (Dr. Henry)
Drive to Kyenjojo (50 km)
12.30-15.30 Field excursion: Prevention and control strategies of malaria: bednet studies in Kyenjojo District (Dr. Agaba)
Drive to Entebbe via Mubende (180 km)
Day 11: Wednesday
09.00-11.00 Lecture: Ultrasound diagnosis in Tropical Medicine (Prof. Kisembo)
11.30-13.30 Laboratory manuals at Emmanuel Hospital, Entebbe: Hands-on microscopy on parasites in the blood and stool  (Dr. Isaac)
Transfer to Entebbe International Airport (5 km)

Accommodation

Travel preparation

Health
You should be in good health and fit.

COVID-19: You have to be vaccinated several times times with an efficient vaccine in order to participate at the excursion. You need to carry the written proof of your vaccination throughout the excursion in order to visit health facilities in the country. Prevention and control measures for COVID-19 are implemented throughout the excursion. TROPMEDEX will inform you about 2 months before departure about the policy of Corona testing in your home country and in Africa.

Other vaccinations: You need to 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 masks, 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“.

Tourist Visa
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Keep copies of the relevant pages of your passport separately. Two months before departure I will send you information where and how to apply for the tourist visa (Single entry). Until then you don’t do anything.

 

Luggage
light trousers hand sanitizer
jeans mouth-nose-mask
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, Robert Davidson et al., Oxford University Press, 5th Edition, December 2021, ISBN: 0198810857

Amazon

Travel guide
Uganda, Philip Briggs, Bradt Travel Guides, 9th Edition, December 2019, ISBN: 10-1784776424, 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 hotel shuttle is offered from Entebbe Airport to Two Friends Hotel in Entebbe (5 km).

The driver of the hotel will wait for you in the arrival area holding a blackboard with your name. The transfer takes about 10 minutes.

Gorilla trecking (unique) after the excursion
You can treck the mountain gorillas (unique) and visit other national parks. Contact TROPMEDEX contact@tropmedex.com