May 16th, 2011 - back from Kampala

A week ago we got back from our most recent trip to Uganda. Politically, the country is in some current turmoil, but we fortunately managed to visit the country in between weeks of political unrest on the streets. In contrast to these troubles on the streets associated with soaring basic commodity prices, we have exciting news to recount.

The trip had two main purposes: to "wrap up" the study in Kampala; and to make a presentation on the project to a selected membership of the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Makerere University Medical School. Makerere is one of Africa's oldest universities with a renowned school of medicine, and its senior professor, Professor Paul Waako has particular interests in the use of particular traditional nedicines for the treatment of tropical disease.

The presentation went well, and the Professor intends to assign one of his masters students to collaborate in the design of and to manage a pilot study at Kiswa (the health centre we've been working at), to test out one or more of the hypotheses which have arisen from the conclusions of our own study there. What is even more exciting is that, if the results of this study prove positive, he sees no reason why further more appropriately extensive clinical research might not be developed behind it. This is immensely exciting as a prospect, and potentially places the Moxafrica project ahead of programme in this respect. It will be years before final conclusions from such research might be drawn, but without such research the validity of any work we do will always remain questionable.

Meanwhile we spent three days interviewing patients and healthworkers at Kiswa, including filming their responses to some of our questions. Overall, we can say categorically that the results of this open-focused study has been positive. We ask anyone interested to review the report.