In partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), ASH members provide consultative training in the clinics, classrooms, and laboratories of health-care institutions in the developing world. In Kampala, Uganda, the need for hematology support is especially dire. The full spectrum of hematologic disorders is observed at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Daily rounds are conducted on the wards, and an outpatient clinic, with a census of approximately 50 patients, is held weekly. The expertise of ASH members is crucial for appropriate diagnosis and management of this large cohort of hematology patients. Education and training of local personnel are core components of the program that ensure sustainability. Volunteers at Mulago Hospital spend time with medical students from the affiliated Makerere University and provide clinical and classroom teaching while school is in session. Formal lectures held at the hospital are attended by medical staff, residents, and medical students.
Current training needs at Mulago Hospital include the following:
- Diagnosis and treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia
- Diagnosis and treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Management of sickle cell patients
- Training in differential diagnosis
- Preparation and interpretation of peripheral blood films and bone marrow aspirates
Volunteers have the option of living in the HVO apartment or in the Mulago Guesthouse. The accommodations are basic but comfortable and well-kept and include Internet access. Cleaning and laundry services are available for a minimal fee.
To find out how you can make a difference as a hematology volunteer in Uganda, please contact Danielle Stonehirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the ASH website for more information about HVO.
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