2017 began with the arrival of Marisa Kälin, her partner Martin Boyer, and Marco Notarfrancesco, as they all landed safely in Entebbe on January 5th and started their Ugandan adventure.
Doing my Swiss civilian service at Mulago Hospital and the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Kampala, I take on various roles and responsibilities. In this blog post I would like to provide some insight into my life and work as research assistant at the IDI.
After seven months in Uganda it is time for a short review of my life and work in Kampala.
I went to Kampala as a specialized MD in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Here I started work as a research fellow at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) within the collaboration between Makerere University in Kampala and the University of Zurich.
Next to my work as a research assistant supporting the UZH-IDI Collaboration, I join the daily morning rounds on the Infectious Diseases ward of Mulago Hospital. From my desk at the Infectious Diseases Institute it’s only a few minutes walk to reach the ward over a walkway connecting the two buildings.
Mulago National Referral Hospital is the largest public hospital in Uganda with 1790 beds. It is also the teaching hospital of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. The complex consists of Old Mulago founded in 1913 and New Mulago, which opened its doors in 1962, the same year Uganda claimed its independence. New Mulago is currently being renovated to become “the leading center of healthcare delivery in Africa”.
When the idea of doing my Swiss civilian service in Uganda came to my mind, I knew very little about this landlocked country in the heart of Africa. I had some friends who had travelled there, and had only heard good things, but other than that, I had no idea of what was expecting me when I landed at Entebbe International Airport two and a half months ago.