WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
This project aims to promote health awareness amongst rural communities and improve village health by providing public health projects and promoting general health education and is ideally suited to individuals who come from a medical background.
Your duties will vary depending largely on your own background, skills and experience. Malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and syphilis are the most common health ailments in Uganda for which simple steps can be taken to reduce their prevalence. The health promotion programme is in its infancy and as a result you will be given a great deal of freedom to lead the project's direction and focus. This project therefore requires a certain amount of initiative and the ability to be proactive, working closely with the local reverend to bring incredibly rewarding results.
Volunteers will also be given the opportunity to immerse themselves within all aspects of village life throughout this unique project. You may have the opportunity to teach at the local school as well as participate in a range of community initiatives such as construction projects.
Depending on your skills and qualifications you could be providing counselling, collaborating in education and prevention programmes or developing the administration and future objectives of the programme, including liaising with or assisting other groups engaged in HIV and other related programmes.