Monday, February 7th, 2011
After I finally arrived in Uganda (arrival delayed due to the cancellation of BA flight), I met with Dr. Francis Kigongo, District Health Officer (DHO), that evening in Kampala. It was my first meeting with him because the previous DHO is on leave. In addition to giving him an informational DVD, I explained the nature and purpose of the project, as well as providing him with a formal PowerPoint presentation. We planned to meet on Thursday (the 10th of February) at which time he would introduce me to Mr. William Nabangi, the Clinical Health Officer and Village Health Team (VHT) Coordinator of the Mityana district.
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
I met with the CEO of MTN, Mr. Themba Khumalo, regarding their potential partnership with Life for Mothers. I also met with additional software programmers that had been previously introduced to me by Orange Telecom.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
I met with Dr. Raymond Byaruhanga of the AIDS Information Centre (AIC) to discuss the pilot project and AIC’s partnership with the project. I also met with Mr. Rogers Kasirye (Executive Director of the
Uganda Youth Development Link) to help in the search for a Ugandan Program Manager; I was introduced to Mr. Kasirye through Dr. Al Osborne from our Advisory Board.
Thursday, February 10th, 2011
I drove to the Mwera Health Center IV and appreciated the differences from my last trip a year ago. The roads have been widened but were unpaved and consisted of cracked red clay. The main road – a single lane – was riddled with potholes and blocked off at numerous points by construction equipment, making the trip even more arduous than I had previously experienced (Videos to follow).
I met with Dr. Kigongo and he introduced me to Mr. Nabangi. I explained the pilot project to both of them in detail. We planned to have an orientation meeting on Monday, the 14th of February. Over the next three days Mr. Nabangi would mobilize 25 Village Health Teams (VHTs) and I emphasized the need for him to recruit as many men as possible. In addition, he informed me that the teams that would be required to travel more than 6 km would have to be compensated for their trip (these VHTs come the immediate surrounding 25 villages).