Health

Health_001Access to good health care is a challenge in even the most developed countries. However, in Uganda the challenges are extreme. The life expectancy in Uganda is 53 years, ranking 205th in the world and 25 years shorter than the U.S. The maternal mortality rate is 15 times that of the U.S., and the infant mortality rate is 10 times that of the U.S. Substandard drugs are prevalent and misused. To address this need, SMI is exploring ways to improve access to essential health care resources in the Kiburara region of Western Uganda. SMI’s aim is to recruit health care volunteers to conduct medical missions to this region for patient care, training of local staff, and assistance in establishing clinics that can be staffed continuously by indigent health care providers.