Surgeons in short supply in Uganda

January 20, 2012

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(AP/Khaty Pownall)
Patients wait in line to undergo surgery at the Rakai Health Sciences Building in Kalisizo, Uganda.

Uganda desperately needs surgeons. In a country of 32 million people, there are only about a hundred specialist surgeons. As a result, accident victims with critical injuries must sometimes wait weeks or months for operations.

One reason for the shortage: Ugandan medical students increasingly choose to work in the better paying field of HIV and AIDS care. Bonnie Allen reports.


The piece originally aired on the World Vision Report. We got it from the Public Radio Exchange.