The Health Development sector focuses on supporting Public Health interventions in Uganda at the grassroots level. This sector provides participants with the opportunity to work with healthcare professionals and specialists in communities in need and support them with affordable public health interventions. Poor people of Uganda have limited access to healthcare. After the government launched its 2021/2022 national budget, it emerged that 25% of citizens- one quarter of the population- are living below the poverty line (The Independent, 2021), up from 21.4% in 2016. Uganda's burden of disease is dominated by communicable diseases, which account for over 50% of morbidity and mortality. Malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB, and respiratory, diarrheal, epidemic prone and vaccine preventable diseases are the leading causes of illness and death. There is also a growing burden of diseases (NCDs) including mental health disorders. Maternal and perinatal conditions also contribute to high mortality. Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) remain a big problem in the country affecting mainly rural poor communities. The burden is now compromised by the COVID-19 challenges. According to (Bell, David et al 2020) in the American Journal of Tropical medicine and hygiene vol. 103,3; on the basis of DALYs lost, the impact of the COVID-19 public health response on non-COVID-19 diseases could outweigh the direct impact of an extensive COVID-19 outbreak . The scope of practice is wide because of the multiple health challenges
Reason to participate in Health projects
Engaging in Health Development projects provides you with an opportunity to foster healthy living and promote well-being for all age groups in grassroots communities. You will have the opportunity to work with some of our community health partners to support bottom-up healthcare strategies. These strategies address different health challenges that are accompanied by complex social issues affecting community structures. Participants assist in a network of health service programs serving communities who have been affected by health challenges. Basic medical treatment and health education services are also needed to allow grassroots communities to build productive economies without enduring massive setbacks caused by treatable health issues.
Volunteer & Internship opportunities
Volunteers or Interns who work on health projects will learn about sustainable development models empowering grassroots communities of Uganda and the dynamics required to address their ongoing health challenges.