Situated three hours west of Mbarara in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, Bugoye Health Center (BHC) is a primary care facility that offers continuous basic preventive and curative care to a population of approximately 45,000 people while providing support and supervision to the community and lower level facilities under its jurisdiction. Bugoye’s health center and community- based teams work in a challenging environment characterized by under-resourced health services and unmet community needs. The result is a complex and dynamic environment with significant opportunities to strengthen primary care services, teach and engage trainees from both sides of the partnership, and create durable and relevant models for rural health systems elsewhere.
The Bugoye Partnership is a collaboration between Bugoye Health Center, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), and MGH Global Health. The vision of this partnership is to strengthen capacity for better healthcare delivery and evaluation at a rural health center while enriching service, training, and innovation opportunities for MUST and MGH trainees and faculty.
- Implement and evaluate improved primary care services in rural Uganda, beginning with a community-based prevention and treatment program for children under 5 years of age;
- Create new training opportunities including rural health experiences for MUST internal medicine residents and MGH’s first international ambulatory training site; and
- Pioneer a new leadership model for responsible academic-community partnership.
Training site development
- Strengthen existing international tertiary care rotations for MGH medicine residents at MUST and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital;
- Develop an international rotation for MGH medicine residents at Bugoye Health Center;
- Develop a new rotation for MUST’s internal medicine residents at Bugoye Health Center;
- Organize bidirectional faculty and trainee visits between Bugoye Health Center, MUST, and MGH.
Community initiatives: Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Malaria, Pneumonia and Diarrhea (ICCM)
- Improve malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea care in children at the household level using Village Health Teams
- Demonstrate Global Medicine principles in practice: Strengthen local health system, pilot scalable solutions, and create robust training opportunities
- To advance all of these activities, we have a full-time MGH faculty member on-site in Uganda