Hello NSU Family!
It has been a rather slow start to the year for us. While we are still fulfilling our commitment to covering Dr. Lydia’s monthly stipend, we would like to do more.
A lot of the changes we would like to make are tied to larger government policy and therefore we are still stuck in the advocacy stage. However, we are still covering ground in other areas:
We have applied for a few local and international grants that will allow us to improve the learning experience of our neurosurgeons and consequently enable us to churn out more world class neurosurgeons. One of the grants, which are very likely to win, will allow us to build a skills laboratory that will help sharpen the surgical skills of our students. Hopefully, in the next update, I’ll be announcing that we in fact won this grant. So watch this space.
This year, Uganda is hosting the annual College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) conference in December. This is a great opportunity to showcase our progress and highlight the success of our neurosurgeons and residents.
Additionally, one of the items consuming most of our time currently is the start of our Masters of Medicine in Neurosurgery program. This program will be the first of its kind in Uganda and will be a huge step on our journey to training at least 30 neurosurgeons by 2030. We plan to enroll at least 5 students yearly, so if you do the maths, we will exceed our target by a lot. We are at the final stage of the process of approving the program, so it is only a matter of time.
Thank you so much for walking with us on this journey, and please continue to shamelessly name drop our project at the dinner table.
More pertinently, this International Women’s Day, allow me to highlight our very own: Dr. Julie Sekabunga and Dr. Lydia Nanjula. These ladies are trailblazers in Uganda and they continue to inspire us and many young ladies after them to pursue their most ambitious dreams. We as NSU hope these stories inspire you to be your best in your various pursuits and vocations.
Thank you and until next time,
God bless you always,