Global Health Volunteer: Bumwalukani, Uganda


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Bumwalukani, UG

About

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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!

Skills

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

N/A

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