AMG’s Bugongi College of Nursing and Midwifery is located 155 miles from Kampala, Uganda. We have been serving in this area for several years, operating a child and youth development center that serves 300 children in need, along with a small medical clinic and dispensary. During that time, we have become heavily invested in this rural community of 12,000 people living in a 14 square mile area.
Rural areas in Uganda, like Bungongi, are greatly disadvantaged when it comes to available healthcare. Even though 80 percent of the population of Uganda resides in rural communities, the government doesn’t give much attention to providing medical services outside the city population. While there is a government-operated healthcare facility in the town, the dilapidated nature of its infrastructure leads to substandard and grossly inadequate services being offered to residents. Therebefore, many in the community seek medical treatments elsewhere, sometimes from witch doctors.