As I skimmed the article in Yale Medicine [“On the Wards in Uganda,” Winter 2008], I felt goose bumps. I had the most fortunate opportunity to work in Mulago Hospital for three months in 2005. I was at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) next door and worked with several colleagues who were at Mulago in IT and nursing. I was sent as part of a global health fellowship with Pfizer to develop a sustainable model for facility management at the IDI. I am now the associate director of facilities for the School of Medicine and find that Yale has a program in Uganda as well. Many of the issues you speak about and pictures in the article bring back vivid memories for me; I truly miss being so close to the patients who need help so desperately. I have many lifelong friends in Kampala and such surrounding communities as Nakasera, Mukono and Jinja. I brought my wife and three daughters with me—they will never be the same.

Gary Mandelburg
Associate Director, YSM Facilities