The government of Uganda praised Israeli medical aid to the African country pursuant to the opening of a multidisciplinary diabetic clinic at Kiboga Hospital, in addition to the medical capacity-building work of Israeli doctors in the country during the last decade. The unique rural diabetic clinic was opened in Kiboga, a poor rural region 120 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala, by Israeli Medicine in the Equator. The project is operated by Brit Olam, an Israeli NGO, with the support of Solel Boneh Uganda, the Israeli Embassy in Uganda, and MASHAV, the Israeli International Development Agency.
Volunteer physicians from Brit Olam trained Ugandan medical staff in diagnosing and treating diabetes, a disease which Israeli Ambassador to Uganda Noah Gal noted is a “global challenge, which has no borders.” The opening of the diabetes clinic is a part of Brit Olam’s strategic partnership agreement with the Ugandan Ministry of Health and the district of Kiboga to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of non-communicable conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. The hospital superintendent reported an immediate reduction in deaths from diabetes since the opening of the clinic. Israel is also involved in the construction of a new intensive care unit at the Mulago National Referral Hospital.