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Sixth Medical Camp in Arua Sets New Patient Record

Bulamu treated more than 10,000 patients at the medical camp held November 13-18 in the Arua District, located in the northwest corner of Uganda near the borders of South Sudan and the Congo (DRC). This represented a 29% increase in patient census over over the September camp and required that service be extended into Saturday, so no one would be turned away. Arua is home to the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement operated by the United Nations, the largest in the world with 270,000 documented refugees, due to its proximity to those two war-ravaged neighboring countries. … read more

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Bulamu’s Healthcare Delivery Model

Meet Co-Founder & President, Gerald Atwine

In this interview, you will learn how Gerald left Uganda in 2008 to earn a BS in nursing from the University of Michigan and later, when working as an RN in California, met Jim Balassone, a patient recovering from surgery, with whom he subsequently co-founded Bulamu. It’s a remarkable story. Since then, Gerald has traveled to Uganda to lead each of our medical camps, with 39,000 patients treated to date, while maintaining dual citizenship and continuing his employment with the Kaiser Hospitals in the San Francisco Bay area…read more

Our Patients

Of our total patient count, about 33% are children 14 or under, and 70% are female. Most come as families. They register and patiently wait their turn to have their vital signs taken and see a doctor or nurse, depending on their symptoms. While they are waiting, they usually attend one of 4 or 5 public health lectures that are offered. Hundreds of women get screened for cervical cancer, the leading cause of death for Ugandan women. Free immunizations are offered to all in need. Free medications are dispensed from the camp pharmacy, most commonly antibiotics. Free eye tests result in free glasses being dispensed to hundreds more. Free dental exams result in pain relief for many. Voluntary HIV testing brings painful news to some. Christian pastors counsel those who are suffering physical or emotional pain…read more

Bulamu Angel Program

While most Bulamu patients can be treated with general medicine services such as antibiotic prescriptions and immunizations, occasionally people bring family members whose illnesses require what they view as a “miracle,” given their meager resources. In response, Bulamu has inaugurated the Bulamu Angel Program, allocating a portion of each camp’s budget to provide surgical interventions in cases where the Ugandan healthcare system has failed to do so. Here are three cases from Arua where Bulamu is either saving lives or correcting disabilities that are severely impacting the patient’s life: Rahiba is a 20-month-old girlread more


The Bulamu Impact Scoreboard

(From Camp 1, April 2016 to Present)

All who attend a Bulamu camp or clinic have their lives improved in very tangible ways. At a cost of about $4 per patient served, the return on investment is incalculable. Thank you to our donors for allowing that to happen.

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