I am seeking to build this section. I would love to get feedback from other medical teams that have gone. I have only taken medical personnel with me twice. What we have learned so far is that it is best if our medical people work along side Ugandan healthcare givers, helping them improve their knowledge and skills. You may wish to read up on tropical diseases.
I have never had a dentist go with my teams but I have talked with dentists who have gone with others and for the most part, they simply do extractions.
If you are going to be part of a medical team, I highly recommend you find someone who had done medical ministry in a third world setting and learn what you can from them.
Importation of Drugs & Medical Devices
The main obstacle is that you must submit the generic name, proprietary name, strength, package sizes, and quantities, manufacturer’s name and location and supplier for each item. This list must be approved by the National Drug Authority prior to importing the drugs or medical supplies. They will only approve medications or supplies that are on their list. All items must have an expiration date of at least one year beyond their entry or three-fourths of their useful shelf life remaing. There are exemptions for drugs and devices for personal use that are prescribed by a physician.
Any drug or device that is not on the approved or list requires a special exemption. This is especially troublesome for medical teams from the USA since most of the medications/supplies on their approved list come from Asia or Europe. Even the same medication manufactured in a different country is not acceptable but must receive an exemption. (Note: There is a specific form that must be used for this and we are seeking to get a copy that can be downloaded from this site).
The regulations requiring expiration dates and manufacturers have been tightened due to problem caused by well meaning people bringing in drugs and medicals supplies that were of poor quality and/or out of date.
A list of some basic health and hygiene information can be found in my benevolence ministry section.
There is a good article on the Christianity Today website on the history of Medical Ministry in Africa