Welcome to a new podcast episode of ‘The Interdisciplinarian.’ Today’s conversation is – and this is no exaggeration – unmissable. It involves the privilege of sitting down with Dr. Nick Laing, a medical doctor originally from New Zealand, but who has been living and working in Northern Uganda for several years. Passionate about the principle of providing healthcare for all, and after – in his words – “seeing the huge numbers of rural citizens in Northern Uganda not covered by either the private or public healthcare system,” Dr. Nick started the OneDay Health project.
OneDay Health maps the healthcare need of underserved populations – specifically, ‘black holes’ with no healthcare centres within a five-kilometre radius – in Northern Uganda, and then strategically sets up healthcare centres in these areas. OneDay Health’s centres are each staffed by a nurse with high-quality training, and are equipped with the resources – both human and material – needed to provide comprehensive primary care to the communities that they serve. So far, these facilities have been shown to be cost-effective, sustainable, and – most importantly – meaningfully capable of caring for and treating sick patients in the places where they live, and when they need care. It is using this pioneering strategy that OneDay Health has and continues to contribute to improved healthcare experiences and health outcomes for people across Northern Uganda.
As a short summary, – or rather, taster – this podcast delves into:
…And so much more is also covered! Tune in to this episode, you will certainly not regret it.
P.S., Nick tells a story in this podcast giving an example of the effect of a Covid-19 transport lockdown in Northern Uganda on the life of one patient. He mentions an international news article that reported on this story, which you can find here:
And if you’re curious (as you should be) to find out more about OneDay Health, check out the following links, or contact Dr. Nick at the e-mail address below.
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