The norm at most health centres in Uganda is arriving and getting registered in a book. After paying for consultation, the patient is given a receipt to go and see the doctor. Usually, the next step is the laboratory so the doctor again writes a laboratory request note that you carry. Ordinarily, you first pay for the laboratory tests and get receipts before proceeding.  Results are again written down and you have to carry these back to the doctor.
Ideally, the process might end here with the doctor writing a prescription that you have to carry to the cashier’s office where you pay, are given a receipt and you proceed to the pharmacy for the drugs. However, the doctor might decide to order for further tests basing on the results or, he might refer the patient. By the time a patient leaves hospital, s/he has a minimum of 8 documents.

The crowd was calm and organised but exuberant all at the same time. The clapping was very loud whenever the need arose. The excitement was contagious. And the name on the lips of every speaker who rose up to address the audience was Dr David Musoke for his role in seeing to the success of the Community Health Workers (CHWs) project in Wakiso.

The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established in July 2011 by the World Health Organisation with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to build and sustain institutional capacity of African governments in tobacco control. The Centre which is hosted by the Makerere University School of Public Health is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).

The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established in July 2011 by the World Health Organisation with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to build and sustain institutional capacity of African governments in tobacco control. The Centre which is hosted by the Makerere University School of Public Health is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).

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