Healthcare books for students in Uganda

23rd November 2020 | Blog

One thing 2020 has made clear is how important medical professionals are in communities around the world. Uganda, like many countries where we work, suffers from an acute shortage of doctors and nurses – so training the next generation of professionals is essential.

That’s why we’ve been working with our partner, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau, to provide 7,049 medical books to Ugandan hospitals and trained 142 members of library staff.

Having brand new books in the library has increased the number of students using the medical college libraries and helped improve medical student exam pass rates.

Books arrived at the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau

 

We heard from a few members of staff from the libraries who have benefitted:

“A library is a key area. You cannot live without a library. Nurses must read as things keep changing, nursing skills keep changing. Students understand better when they research, and then discuss. They have to make presentations in class too. They need the library and can’t dodge it.”

– Rachel Luwaga, Acting Head of Department, Bishop Stuart Ruharo University Depart of Nursing

Staff are able to use the books for teaching

 

“The day I brought these books, people were very happy. It is memorable as I suddenly realised life had changed for the college community. I felt confident as a librarian as I had good books for my users. I started encouraging people to visit the library.”

I realised life had changed for the college community because of the books

“The donations have benefitted us as teachers as we are getting updated information which we are passing on to our students. In turn, the patients in our hospitals are benefiting from the latest practices and good quality of care from us.”

-Amos Aine, Library manager and medical instructor, Bwindi School of Nursing and Midwifery

It is through the generosity of our supporters that we can continue to send medical books to students and medical professionals around the world, and we would like to thank everyone who supports our work.

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