10 snapshots into life as a volunteer doctor in Uganda

Hi, I’m Dr Lierka Rodriguez. I am a volunteer obstetrician and gynaecologist working in rural Uganda. I recently shared my experiences as a volunteer on VSO's dedicated Twitter channel - @VSOPeople. Here are some of my favourite updates:


1. Walking through the dusty streets of Gulu

Welcome to Gulu, a city in northern Uganda. I’m based in Gulu’s Regional Referral Hospital. There are only two seasons - right now we are “enjoying" the hot season.


2. Arriving at the hospital to find my students already practising without me

What a pleasant feeling!


3. Neonatal care and resuscitation training time


Our interns really enjoy the practical training, especially with the dolls.


4. Still hard at work at 1am!

Diary of a volunteer: This is non-stop work, but I enjoy every minute.


5. New day, new people to train

Heading to out for more ultrasound training in Awach. If we diagnose a woman early, using the ultrasound machines, it can help to prevent an emergency.


6. Real time demonstrations work best

This is what health training is all about – sharing knowledge, saving lives.


7. Using my imagination to teach interns during a power cut

Sometimes I have to get creative – last time we practiced different surgeries on pork, because pork is similar to human flesh. They laugh but we are reaching our goals!


8. Even on a Saturday I’m still working

As a worker you have a schedule, but as a volunteer you have a purpose. As a VSO health volunteer, my purpose is to preserve people’s lives – so here I am!


9. Being stopped on the street to meet a baby I helped bring into the world

Every time a baby is born, it’s a miracle, and working in this field you get to be in the presence of that miracle.


10. Saying goodbye to one group of interns, ready to meet the next!

I can already see the change in these interns- when you work as a team you can reach any goal. Good luck guys.

Volunteers make it possible to give training for crucial care in Uganda, by sharing their skills and their time. I hope you enjoyed seeing what life is like as a VSO volunteer in Uganda, thanks for joining me on my journey!

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