Good Governance, Better Healthcare for Uganda

Originally published here on the Council on Foreign Relations Africa in Transition blog. My co-author, Fred Bisso, MMed, MBCHb, is an otorhinolaryngology consultant at the Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, part-time lecturer at the Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences, and the immediate past president of the Uganda Medical Association.  — Healthcare in Uganda, as well … More Good Governance, Better Healthcare for Uganda

Why We’re Here

It’s circumcision season here in Mbale. We occasionally approach celebratory processions of men and children of all ages pumping handheld tree branches in the air, trotting to the beat of chants and drums along the roads just outside of town. The 18 year-old of honor is in the middle of the parade covered in mud, … More Why We’re Here

Porch Time

I will never be exactly here again. Have you ever thought: “I will never forget this”? A lesson learned. An experience at work. A funny joke. A feeling. The name of the dish in a region you visited. And then you can’t recall it. This time is different though. It will never escape me. For … More Porch Time

Meeting Joe Black

The timeliness of watching Meet Joe Black early in the Easter week experienced here in Chogoria became apparent only late Sunday evening. Joe Black, played by a young frosty-tipped Brad Pitt, is perhaps the most attractive physical embodiment of Death ever created. He comes to get a taste of life the best way possible: alongside … More Meeting Joe Black

A World of Difference

“You should try the cheese and chocolate,” she said. “Cheese and chocolate?!” A confused facial expression accompanied my response. The local Stone Town woman smiled warmly under her ornate hijab and instilled confidence in this Zanzibar pizza chef – she was a regular. I couldn’t decide between the savory tomato, meat, and cheese or the … More A World of Difference