AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Engeye Health Clinic
Project type(s) Community Service
Date completed 04/15/2007
Chapter Albany Medical College
Project Coordinator Misty Richards
Summary of project A team of medical students, nurses, and physicians travelled to Ddegeye Village in Uganda to open the Engeye Clinic to the villagers for the first time ever. Over 750 patients were treated over 8 days. This marks the beginning of a sustainable healthcare system for the villagers and our next medical mission is scheduled for November. In the meantime, local nurses and physicians will be available to help the people and provide them with necessary treatment.

Official Mission Statement:

To improve living conditions and reduce unnecessary suffering in rural Africa through education and compassionate health care.

Content area Global Opportunities
Number of participants 14
Participant hours involved 1400 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 60,000
Project funding Local chapter funds,AMSA grant,Other grant,Donation,Admission/participant charge
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We held a silent auction at Albany Med. where we auctioned off goods to help raise money for the clinic. At this event, we spoke about the clinic and our objectives. In addition, we held 2 bakesales on campus. We also made and distributed fliers to local businesses who may be interested in donating or learning more.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions The project was an amazing success. We were all surprised with how well we were received by the locals and how many people we were able to treat or help transport to local trauma centers. One recommendation for the future would be to bring more tropical medicine books to refer to, as Robbins and Harrison's may not be specific enough for some of the infectious diseases in Uganda.

Comments This was an amazing opportunity. Stephanie Van Dyke used the money that was left for her by her late grandfather to build the clinic ($50,000). From this point forward, she recruited a team of physicians and students to help on the trip. With the assistance of her team, she was able to collect the necessary medication and resources to make a genuine difference in a village where health care once was a privilege.