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Bridging Healthcare Gaps: The Transformative Efforts of the Grossman Burn Foundation in Uganda

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Bridging Healthcare Gaps: The Transformative Efforts of the Grossman Burn Foundation in Uganda


  • The Ugandan health care system is characterized by insufficient resources and reliance on donor funding. 
  • To address the challenge, Grossman Burn Foundation, Girl Power USA, and Minority Wealth Gap are joining hands. 
  • With a focus on education, prevention, and community engagement they are laying the foundation for a better and more equitable system. 
  • Their agenda is focused on inclusivity and transformation to provide accessible healthcare and empower lives in Uganda.

In the global pursuit of equitable burns treatment and advancing burns care, the Grossman Burn Foundation (GBF) and Grossman Burn Center have emerged as key players, collaborating to address Uganda’s healthcare challenges. Partnering with Girl Power USA, Minority Wealth Gap (MWG), and Ugandan Doctors, their commitment to treating burns and transforming healthcare delivery and education in Uganda has taken shape to address systemic issues persisting in both private and government-funded facilities.

Uganda’s Healthcare Landscape

Uganda’s healthcare system comprises both private and government-funded facilities, regulated by the government. Private companies invest in hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, with U.S. investors showing increasing interest, particularly in private medical care and oncology. Despite constitutional obligations to provide health services for all, challenges abound, including limited health insurance coverage, high out-of-pocket expenses, and reliance on donor funding, which comprises nearly 80% of resources. The establishment of the National Health Insurance Scheme aims to address this gap, yet high levels of poverty and inflation hinder progress towards universal health coverage (UHC).

Challenges to developing the sector include dependency on imported technology and pharmaceutical ingredients, limited manufacturing capacity, and inadequate infrastructure for regulation and quality control. The underfunding of public health has led millions to rely on private facilities, exacerbating disparities in access to care.

Health Financing in Uganda

Uganda’s health financing landscape is characterized by insufficient resources and heavy reliance on donor funding. Despite a recent increase in the total budget, the health budget remains disproportionately low, falling short of international recommendations. Over 50% of health funding comes from donors. To address shortcomings in healthcare delivery, Uganda must recommit to providing timely, quality, and accessible health services for all, aligning with its constitutional and international obligations, a task that still seems far from the four-decade-long Museveni government priority list. Significant investments in health infrastructure and disease surveillance systems, alongside enhanced transparency and accountability in resource management, are urgently needed. Collaborative efforts between stakeholders, including creditors, donors, and the private sector, are crucial in advancing healthcare equity and resilience in Uganda.

Strategic Collaboration: GBF, Girl Power USA, and Minority Wealth Gap

Grossman Burn Foundation, Girl Power USA, and Minority Wealth Gap are leveraging the power of partnership to address Uganda’s healthcare challenges. By prioritizing education, prevention, and community engagement, these organizations are not only treating burns but also laying the groundwork for a more equitable and sustainable healthcare system in Uganda. As Uganda navigates its health financing landscape, collective action and strategic investments are imperative to ensure that every individual has access to the care they need to thrive.

The contributions of Ugandan doctors like Dr. Andrew Ssekitooleko and his colleagues at Nsambya Hospital, alongside the efforts of Minority Wealth Gap’s  Jemba Ssekandwa and Jackie Ssekandwa and Girl Power USA’s Frankie Picasso and Hillary Turyasingura, enrich the narrative of transformative healthcare initiatives in Uganda. Dr. Andrew Ssekitooleko, CEO of Nsambya Hospital, and his dedicated colleagues like Dr. Assumpta Nabawanuka stand at the forefront of planning the transformation of burn care in Uganda. With their extensive experience and expertise in the medical field, they bring invaluable insights and leadership to the table. Dr. Ssekitooleko’s commitment to improving healthcare outcomes for burn victims is commendable, and his vision for comprehensive burn care aligns perfectly with the objectives of the collaborative partnership.

Alongside Dr. Ssekitooleko, individuals like Jackie Ssekandwa from Minority Wealth Gap and Frankie Picasso from Girl Power Talks play pivotal roles in driving positive change in Uganda’s healthcare landscape. Jackie Ssekandwa’s expertise in economic empowerment and community development complements healthcare initiatives, ensuring that efforts are holistic and sustainable. Through her leadership and advocacy, she amplifies the voices of underserved communities, advocating for equitable access to healthcare and economic opportunities.

Similarly, Frankie Picasso’s involvement brings a unique perspective to the partnership, leveraging her platform to raise awareness and mobilize support for healthcare initiatives in Uganda. As a renowned advocate for social change and empowerment, Frankie’s contributions inspire action and foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Her dedication to uplifting marginalized communities aligns seamlessly with the mission of improving healthcare access and outcomes in Uganda.


Together, The Grossman Burn Foundation, Girl Power USA, and Minority Wealth Gap exemplify the power of collaboration and collective action in driving meaningful change. By combining their expertise, resources, and passion for social impact, they are spearheading a transformative agenda that holds the promise of a brighter future for healthcare in Uganda. Their commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability serves as a beacon of hope for communities across the country, paving the way for a more equitable and resilient healthcare system.

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