|Stre@mline IT programme under development in Kisiizi|
We ended up working late on our presentation for the next day when we had a viva / interview at the Uganda National Council for Science & Technology relating to our application for a National Science, Technology and Innovation Project grant. This was the third stage in the selection process and there had been a lot of competition so we were very happy that the panel were very positive about the programme and are offering us support. Details of the finances to be finalised and they will help us with Intellectual Property rights. We want to get these to stop some other body pinching the ideas and patenting them as they may then offer the programme to potential users at high price whereas our goal is to make it available at a low price affordable by places like Kisiizi so that as many patients as possible benefit.
The next day Ian went to Mulago National Referral Hospital for the National Intern Committee. Kisiizi takes 8 interns, 2 in each specialty of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics. We have a good reputation with the committee and they want us to expand the number of training posts in future to include nurses and maybe pharmacists.
Then back to Kisiizi arriving about 9pm as the landcruiser developed a mild oil leak from the rear axle near the end of the trip so we had to proceed slowly.
Next day Thursday 12th we had an unexpected group from the Ministry of Health arrive. They had been scheduled to come two days earlier but did not materialise and we had not been informed of the change so a lot of re-organisation to sort things out. Their remit was to audit the medicines received from the Global Fund programmes for malaria, TB and HIV treatment. It went well but meant that Ian had to sit up late in the evening to finalise documents and presentations for the Board of Governors meeting the next day.
|Members of the Board of Governors|
The Constitution and Terms & Conditions of Service have been extensively updated and confirmed.
The next day we held the AGM of the Kisiizi Hospital Health Insurance scheme and this also is going well with a financial break even and growing numbers.
|Group leaders of some of the 200 community insurance groups|
|Dr Josephine, Paul & Kate, Sarah, Sam Ian & Hanna, Moses Mugume and George Wadsworth|