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Uganda is a developing country where rural regions are still plagued by many tropical diseases and malnutrition.There has been limited infrastructure development, and there is a great need for improved clinical care and translational research to advance health care in these regions.

Capacity Building

Improving the clinical lab at Mbarara, allows common infectious and other diseases to be diagnosed and patients to be treated appropriately. Once the lab is fully functional, we will be able to conduct a survey of suspected infectious diseases based on the clinical acumen of CGHI clinicians and residents in training from Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and our Ugandan colleagues. This will lead to epidemiologic and research studies to improve health care in those regions served by the hospital. In addition, our programs aim to provide appropriate technology transfer and train the necessary individuals in clinical laboratory techniques so that they can sustain the lab into the future.

Clinical Services

By providing an opportunity for our CGHI residents and clinicians to collaborate with Ugandan doctors at Mbarara, different areas of clinical service are identified for hands-on and didactic training and education to enhance the capabilities of the hospital to provide outstanding health care in the region. This can lead to the identification of epidemiologic and translational research projects to further advance health care.


Mbarara is a rural region of southern Uganda with high rates of malnutrition and infectious diseases. Currently, there are no research projects but we hope to initiate translational research on childhood development as there is a great need to address the many children who suffer from developmental abnormalities. We also hope to develop research related to the many infectious diseases including malaria, TB, and sexually transmitted diseases faced by the population. These are just a few examples of the many ways in which translational research projects can have the potential to have real impact on the children Mbarara and their communities. A very important component to Research is providing the education for our Ugandan counterparts to develop and carry on research into the future. In this way, we hope to engender a sustainable Research and Education component to the overall program.

Africa Team

Deborah Dean, MD, MPH, Program Director
Mary Coleman, MD, Project Manager
Andrew Ndamira, MD, Uganda In-Country Project Manager
Charles Clemons, MD
Priscilla Joe, MD
Elizabeth Schaub, RN
Rini Kwok, RN



Revised: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:14 PM

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