- Ministry of Health - Malaria Control Program
- Mildmay- a UK-based NGO focused on family HIV/AIDS treatment
- BASF/ Cooper Pharma- a commercial distributor of bed nets in Uganda
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
This week, we met with the following organizations in Kampala:
- Ministry of Local Government
- Ministry of Health
- Clinton Foundation - CHAI (Country Director and Malaria Program)
This week our field visits included VOLSET Foundation in Ntenjeru/Domba Island and Buluba Hospital near Musita. Next week we will return to these sights to learn more and spend dedicated time. We will also head north to Gulu to visit the organization Kairos. Busy first week for Sarah and Lekha- we wish the rest of the team were here too!
We also found ourselves a team mascot, Chris TAMTAM Tam. It's his birthday! Thanks to Chaim and Phil as well for hosting a fun time.
Friday, June 19, 2009
This week the TAMTAM team set out on our first two field visits in Uganda. We visited Buluba Hospital (located about 2.5 hours east of Kampala) and the Volset Foundation's Village Health Team program in Ntenjuru, north of Mukono. At both of these locations, we found passionate health workers in areas troubled by malaria and without adequate bed net availability. We are in the process of learning more about the data collection, health services, and needs of each of these places. Team TAMTAM seeks to distribute bed nets through our partners in underserved areas and with a focus on "crowding in" other health services. For example, free distribution of much-wanted bed nets could draw mothers into a health clinic to receive an immunization for her child, or partake in pre-natal services. We look forward to getting our nets out in the field and into healthier homes as soon as possible.
In unrelated news, team TAMTAM discovered a bowling alley in Kampala and have decided not to quit our day job.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
- Rotary Club
- Malaria Consortium
- Centers for Disease Control/President's Malaria Initiative
- Ford Family Program
- Various hospitals and officials in rural Ugandan districts
Right now, we write to you from Busia, Kenya, the birthplace of TAMTAM (where the research that began bed net distribution was conducted by development economists). In fact, Jessica Cohen, one of the original founders, happens to be here in Busia with us.In other news, we will add photos soon- bear with the less than visually-stimulating blog at the moment. We are also moving into a house on Monday- right near an ice cream parlor!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This said, we are a bit champing at the bit to visit some sites in the field. Urban Uganda is one particular experience, but the rural areas completely different. The rural areas is where malaria hits the hardest, and life generally more rough. Only then do I think we can really appreciate what fighting malaria in this country entails.
Until then, can't say we've too many complaints. Meetings are starting to come thick and fast... very grateful Lekha and Sarah will be joining us next week! Otherwise, very happy to have hit the ground running... very eager to see what will unfold!
Monday, June 8, 2009
In other news, TAMTAM historical fact of the day: TAMTAM stands for "Together Against Malaria, Tunapenda Afya na Maisha". The latter Swahili portion means "We love health and life". Hope you can get behind that motto too!
Special thanks to Owen Ozier for sending us some of the original TAMTAM files still housed in Kenya!