Global Health Volunteer: Bududa, Uganda
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
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About the Community
FIMRC has partnered with the Arlington Academy of Hope ( www.aahuganda.org) to establish a health clinic serving the community of Bumwalukani, Uganda. Although the clinic was constructed in an effort to meet the health and nutritional needs of the AAH school, the severe lack of medical care in the surrounding region makes the clinic an essential resource for the community at large. Standing at the foot of Mount Elgon, 150 miles east of the bustling capital city of Kampala, which, according to the Ministry of Health, has the highest prevalence of HIV infection in Uganda, the dispersed rural community around the clinic is comprised of approximately 10,000 to 15,000 inhabitants with an average annual income of 200 dollars.
As a result of scarce access to medical facilities in the area, Project Bumwalukani sees more than one hundred patients daily. The most rampant medical issues plaguing this population are readily treatable with preventative measures, education initiatives and continuous healthcare monitoring. FIMRC works with AAH, local Community Health Educators and a large clinic staff to meet the needs of the Bumwalukani clinic, school and outlying communities.
Clinic Services: Assisting with patient intake and management, taking patient vitals, observe patient examination with our clinical officer, assisting with drug dispensing, conducting laboratory testing
Community Outreach: Attend home visit follow-up care for HIV-positive clients, assisting with community outreaches, conducted twice a month by our Community Health Educators (CHEs), attending home-based meetings for one of our seven community health groups, assisting with the planning of special public health events, such as World Malaria Day, World AIDS Day, or clinic programs
Health Education: teaching health education to patients waiting at the clinic and members of our community health groups, teaching health classes to primary and secondary school students, writing and editing lesson plans
Special Projects: Volunteers can also assist with special projects as they arise. In the past these projects have include mosquito net treatment days, life skills camps for secondary students, development of visual aids, etc.
Project Bumwalukani currently welcomes volunteers traveling individually or in groups. Volunteer activities are arranged year-round, so please contact us with the dates you would like to travel!
About Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
1518 Walnut St., Suite 1504, Philadelphia, PA 19102, US
Our mission is to provide access to medical care for underprivileged and medically underserved families around the world.
We work to accomplish our mission in the following ways:ACCESS
First and foremost, we look at access to healthcare. Can our community members easily get to a clinic? What do they do in case of an emergency? In areas where no clinical services are available, we work with the community to build out the necessary infrastructure to improve access. Whether it be the construction of our own clinic or modifying a building within the community, we work to ensure that the communities we serve have the ability to seek a healthcare professional.EDUCATION
Another major focus of our work is preventative health. We work hard to integrate into our communities to address local needs and launch outreach programs. We listen to our community members, the Ministry of Health and other major organizations in the communities where we work and build health education programs based on the feedback.
A key component of our success is participation. Participation from community members is vital, as we ask the community to work alongside us in improving health in the communities in which we work.
We also believe in participation from the global community. That's why FIMRC engages volunteers from all walks of life to participate in our programs. The Global Health Volunteer Program, Chaptership Program and Internship Program are all ways in which we hope to inspire the global community to help improve the health of those that we serve.
Through determination and the belief that all children deserve health, FIMRC declares itself as a major force in the delivery of healthcare worldwide - one clinic and one child at a time.
FIMRC is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs.
FIMRC is a self-sustainable organization with project related funding provided from business operations - the Global Health Volunteer Program engages approximately 800 individuals annually who volunteer their time abroad and make a contribution in exchange for the experience FIMRC provides. Over 90% of FIMRC’s revenue is derived from our volunteer program.
FIMRC was founded in 2002, is incorporated in Washington, DC and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. The FIMRC team includes over 3,000 dedicated staff and volunteers worldwide who provide the leadership and support necessary to achieve our mission of improving access to health care for children in underserved communities.