This year’s WPIW in Uganda was observed with four events led by the local patient group UPOPI. One event involved for the first time the church and three medical education events were held in regional referral hospitals and in the national referral hospital.
On April 22 UPOPI held a children’s education event with the Sunday school teachers at St Racheal Church of Uganda – Bulange, Kampala, about PIDs and theirs most common signs. 47 children and their teacher received information and commemorative balloons putting Uganda’s WPIW activities to a good start.
The second event took place on April 24 and was held in Eastern region referral hospital in Mbale, at the Busitema University School of Health Sciences with 75 participants in attendance, mostly of which were medical students doing their clinical years. Dr Banson Barugahare delivered a very interactive and engaging lecture on “PIDs: Global trends and challenges”.
The Western region was not forgotten and on April 25 at the referral hospital in Mbarara at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology medical school the speakers shared three case studies among other lectures, all received with great enthusiasm.
The 37 participants included senior staff, graduate Pediatrician Fellows and clinical medical students. One attending physician shared his experience with four cases of HIV negative children who he will now be checking for PIDs.
The last WPIW event took place on April 26 at the National Referral Hospital, in Kampala at the Makerere College of Health Sciences Medical School. This is the oldest, largest and most prestigious medical school in the East African Region and the best known internationally. This was a great meeting that attracted 70 participants which included 37 graduate Pediatrician Fellows and the Senior staff from the Department of Pediatrics. Prof Philippa Musoke gave the background to PIDs and presented a case study. The second case was presented by a guest from the US, Dr Lukasz Weiner.