The Patient

Sacrifice, genius, and greed in Uganda’s healthcare system

by Olive Kobusingye



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/9/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 230
ISBN : 9781728395852
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 230
ISBN : 9781728395845

About the Book

The Patient is the story of Ugandan doctors and their patients through the decades. It’s the story of mostly young enthusiastic medical students becoming doctors, and choosing their paths in a corrupt and impoverished world where their own needs, wellbeing, and sanity, compete with the needs of their patients. It is the story of a hospital badly in need of healing, a health care system that is designed to fail, and a country whose continuing existence is proof that resilient and subservient people can survive exploitation and abuse for a long time. It is the story of a society coming unstuck at the seams, of leaders blinded by power and greed, and of health workers sacrificing their lives to help their patients. It is the story of the patient.

About the Author

Kobusingye is a wife and mother of two daughters. She is a graduate of Makerere University, the University of London, the State University of New York (Albany), and Charis Bible College Uganda. For a decade she worked as a surgeon in the Accident & Emergency department at Mulago Hospital. Kobusingye’s first book, ‘The Correct Line? Uganda under Museveni’ has been widely read at home and abroad.