Last week we read about about the importance of education, and how Olivia’s education support helped shape her future. This week we read about Dr JB Mawanda. Dr JB – as he prefers to be called – is a medical doctor at Paragon Hospital, Uganda.
Dr JB’s Story
My name is Mawanda John Bosco, I am 31 years old, and a medical doctor in Uganda. While a child of 9 years I dropped out of school when my father, who was the bread winner passed away. My father left 11 children and I was the youngest then and the firstborn was 17 years. My father was polygamous. Anyway I dropped out of school at the age of 9 and stayed home with mum. At the age of 11, I approached Pastor Joseph Serwadda and Freda Serwadda and told them I wanted to go back to school. At the time, I was living with some lady my mum handed me over to work as a house help.
Pastor Joseph and Freda incorporated me into their orphanage school next to their church and found me a home to stay in. My life changed. I did my Primary education and Secondary education under their care. Later I was admitted to medical school to study a degree in medicine and surgery which I accomplished in 2011.
Why did I choose medicine?
I watched my father die at the hospital bed because there was no Doctor free at that time – the only Doctor available was working on over 150 patients. My father died before he even received first aid at Mulago Masaka hospital.
From then I developed the love for medicine and surgery to help my people. All I needed was to have someone pay my fees, which I was offered by the orphanage school. If it was not for this Victory Church orphanage school and Pastor Joseph Serwadda and Freda Serwadda, I would not have achieved my dream.
I am so thankful that I am doing what I yearned to do way back. I am thankful to Pastors Freda and Joseph Serwadda who accepted me and educated me to this level. Right now I am running a project intended at reducing the number of women who die during birth because of inadequate health workers and facilities in the villages. At the same time working with Paragon Hospital, Bugolobi, Kampala, Uganda.