About 80% of deaths caused by chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCD) like diabetes, cardiovascular or kidney disease occur in low or middle income countries. Patients are often uninformed about causes and treatment options, which can lead not only to a deterioration in their state of health, but also to social exclusion. Improving health education and patient-oriented care offer considerable opportunities for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
Funded by Else-Kröner-Fresenius Stiftung, researchers and physicians at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Charité Berlin and Yale University support ACCESS in Nakeseke, Uganda, in building up a center of excellence for patient-centered care in the next three years. On the one hand, health professionals at ACCESS receive on-the-job training about patient-centered care. New nurses and community health workers are also be trained. On the other hand, patients will be educated about their diseases using the so-called PocketDoktor booklets. These have already been translated into the regional language Luganda and culturally adapted. Patients will be educated about causes, mechanisms and treatment options for their disease and will be supported in issues related to disease management and healthy lifestyles. This method is being evaluated by researchers from Erlangen, Yale and Uganda. Read our pilot study on PLOS ONE.
Students and physicians from Erlangen, Yale and Uganda have the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations in Uganda or Erlangen via the Makarere-Yale Collaborative (MUYU). Read about our students’ global health training experiences.