I hope this finds you well! My name is Austin Morgan and I am a second-year medical student at Oregon Health and Sciences University. If you have a moment, I would love to share with you something I am very passionate about. While serving in Uganda, as well as doing research in Tanzania, and traveling in South Africa, I have continued to see that where you are born significantly impacts your chance of living a healthy life.
When we think about equality, we do not always think about health. However, disparities in health and wellbeing are a huge problem globally. For example, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 the average life expectancy in the United States was 78 years. In Japan, the average life expectancy was 84 years. In Uganda the average life expectancy is 62 years. The average person in Uganda lives 16 fewer years than the average person in the US. We can also look at specific indicators to get an idea of the health of people in a country. The ability of mothers to safely give birth to children is one of the best indicators of health. According to the WHO, in sub Saharan Africa, the risk of maternal death is 1 in 37. Compare this to New Zealand or Australia where the risk of maternal death is 1 in 7,800. Whether a mother lives or dies can literally depend on their country of residence.
The Amahoro Children and Community Team (ACCT) strongly believes that all people should be given an equal opportunity to live a healthy and productive life. Health should not be a luxury item reserved only for some. Health disparities have a number of causes, some of which include poverty, lack of access to healthcare and lack of access to education. ACCT’s work in Uganda aims to address each of these factors. In particular, I wanted to highlight the challenge of accessing healthcare in Uganda. The World Health Organization recommends one doctor per 1,000 people in order to meet the medical needs of everyone. However, in Uganda, there is 1 doctor for every 24,000 people. As a result, many people in Uganda are unable to get the medical care they need. If someone if lucky enough to get to see a doctor in Uganda, being able to afford the necessary treatment is another major challenge. This is why we work with Dr. Franklin and Jungle Medical Missions to hold medical clinics for disadvantaged communities in Uganda. At these clinics, we have a team of healthcare professionals who provide a wide range of primary care services for free to hundreds of patients. These clinics are a major step towards reducing health disparities.
You can help us address health disparities by donating to Amahoro to cover the cost of a medical clinic in Uganda which can serve 300-500 patients. Or donate another amount to because every donation helps.
Please join us in our effort to ensure health for all,