When I heard about the possibility of a 2 year contract based largely in Uganda I was not exactly thrilled. I had spent several months in neighboring Kenya as part of my PhD and for various reasons, not all of which were Kenya’s fault, I did not enjoy it. Therefore the thought of heading back to East Africa was not one I relished. Kev, however, was much more enthusiastic. He had been to Uganda previously and had loved it. It was beautiful, safe, English speaking, has 10 national parks and even more wildlife reserves which are home to elephants, lions chimpanzees and gorillas, the people were friendly, the cost of living is low, why would we not not want to live there? Persuaded, I accepted the position and so have committed us to spending 6 months a year in Uganda and 6 months in the UK.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa about the size of Germany with a population of approximately 35 million. It is bordered by Kenya, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Once colonized by the British, it has been ruled by Mr Museveni since 1986, and whilst the current leadership is a long way from perfect, his lengthy rule has brought stability to the country following years of civil war and repression. Whilst Uganda is still extremely poor it is making progress in reducing poverty levels and education are relatively high. However malaria is still a major problem with over 8 million cases annually causing an estimated 12,000 deaths a year.