An Assessment Study to Determine the Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Mobile Neuro Clinics in Rural and Remote Uganda

This image shows the headshots of all the team members involved in the study.

Project member(s):

  • BENJAMIN MUKUMBYA

Community partners:

  • Dr. Oscar Obiga, Site PI
    Dr. Joel Kiryabwire
    Mulago National Referral Hospital
    Makerere University

An Assessment Study to Determine the Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Mobile Neuro Clinics in Rural and Remote Uganda

Project overview

Populations in remote and rural communities of Uganda do not have access to neurosurgery and neurology care. Of 44.27 million people, 78% of the population lives in rural communities of which none have limited to no access to essential health care. This reality implies that access to neurosurgical and neurological care in rural and remote communities is not accessible. Lack of neuro care access also increases the aggregate burden of disease neurosurgical and neurological disorders contribute. Creative and new ways are necessary to cover the unmet need.

In this study, we will interview providers of care (neurosurgeons, neurologists, senior residents of neurosurgery and neurology, and mobile health clinic administrators/providers of healthcare services) to understand whether implementing mobile clinics to deliver neurosurgical and neurological care to populations in remote and rural communities can feasibly alleviate the existing demand.

 

Project poster

Project notes

The team performed an extensive literature to find understand how mobile health clinics have been adapted to provide care in different settings. The literature search also involved the context of neuro care globally and locally. After having the understanding of neuro care, the team used the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to design the study. The study required the participants to attend an education session followed by an in-depth interview.

During the summer, I travelled to Uganda to collect the data by interviewing the healthcare providers who met the inclusion criteria of the study. These healthcare providers included neurosurgeons, neurologists, residents for both neurosurgery and neurology and Mobile Health Care providers.

Media and resources

MNC Educational Session Material