My name is Prisca Rompen, a Dutch chiropractor who graduated from AECC in 2014. In the beginning of 2018 I moved to Uganda to provide chiropractic care for the local community. At that point not expecting, I fell in love with the country and the people.
There are over 45 million people in Uganda, and only 4 chiropractors. Seeing the difference that chiropractic makes in the lives of people is truly inspiring and motivational. Opening peoples’ eyes to their bodies full potential is what it is all about. The impact chiropractic can have should not be underestimated. Improving nervous systems and skeletal health gives back to peoples’ lives when a 5-year-old girl that never walked, starts taking her first steps, or when a boy is learning to grasp and can therefore feed himself. Some of these kids will never function like you and I but they are gaining tools towards independence, confidence and empowerment. The gratitude and joy that comes with it, is what keeps me going.
The initial focus lies on the treatment for pregnant women and children because a woman in Uganda will have 6.9 children on average. Please notice that this statistic talks about children not pregnancies. The neonatal death rate is 19 deaths per 1.000 live births, this means 81 babies die on a daily basis before they reach one month. This does not count the 94 stillborn babies a day, and countless unrecorded ‘illegal’ abortion attempts. And if that wasn’t enough 15 women die every day from pregnancy or birth related causes.
© Kale Uganda 2020