In principle, Ugandans can access free health care at public clinics. In practice, government health centers are short of money, medicine and staff. Referral hospitals are few and far between, making it extremely difficult for many Ugandans to reach them. Unlike US hospitals which are legally required to treat patients, Uganda’s private medical facilities require upfront payment. It is not uncommon for a sick patient to first visit their bank to withdraw funds to pre-pay for medical treatment.
Under the expert guidance of FPA’s former Medical Director, the late Dr. David Nyenje, FPA’s clinic and its examination room opened in 2019. We are fortunate to have the ongoing guidance of Dr. Grace Nsubuga, FPA Nurse Resheada Najjuka and Country Director Jackson Basse, as they prioritize the health and well-being of our students, teachers and FPA community. This team moved quickly during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their efforts insured the clinic had necessary and adequate supplies to treat students during 2020. In early October, when schools were informed of a partial reopening, this team of professionals led efforts to comply with all Ministry of Education regulations. Senior IV classes reopened October 15th, of 2020.