What is Creating Doctors in Uganda?
Creating Doctors in Uganda is an initiative by Girl Power USA aiming to help young medical students in Uganda finish University and graduate as doctors through financial support. National medical schools in Uganda graduate an approximate of 400 doctors per year but, once they graduate, many of these new doctors leave the country in search of better work conditions and opportunities abroad.
While in Uganda, there is one doctor for approximately 33,000 patients. According to the World Health Organization, the statistic should be one doctor per 1000 patients. Not only is the country severely lacking in doctors, but also in basic medical equipment such as EKG machines, which are not available even at the best hospital in Kampala.
Project focus includes:
Partnership with Vantage Foundation
Girl Power USA collaborates with Vantage Foundation on several areas of key needs for both organizations. We undertake joint branding i.e. creating content together to promote our messages and help them reach a wider audience. We also create campaigns to help increase the exposure of Vantage Foundation as well as creating Doctors in Uganda beyond national borders.
Girl Power USA raises funds to support committed and conscious young Medicine students in Uganda to become doctors, through our campaigns and by applying for government and private grants in alignment with our mission.
Girl Power USA supports reproductive and women’s health education by helping with content creation and donating basic resources with the help of Vantage Foundation. Girl Power USA and Vantage Foundation teams have also organized mentorship sessions with highschool students, focused on mental health.
Due to our firm belief in education and the value of international cultural exchange, Girl Power USA promoted the first Girl Power USA and Vantage Foundation International Financial Literacy Conference for approximately 120 students and young mothers in Uganda, in September 2022. Girl Power USA members from Kenya and Zimbabwe attended the event, while the rest participated virtually. We covered a luncheon, hot food buffet, flights for guest speakers from Kenya and Zimbabwe, and T-shirts for all participants. This Conference was a unique opportunity to inspire and empower youth in Uganda.