Public Health Improvement Program

Join Our Public Health Improvement Program

Volunteers work alongside local counselors and health care professionals, in a variety of remote locations, to help Ugandans stay healthy and make informed decisions about their health care.

HIV testing in Uganda

HIV testing in rural Uganda

What You Will Do

Volunteers in the public health improvement program join in on the work of their host organization.

Volunteer activities may include a combination of the following activities:

  • talking to people in schools and communities about health-related issues directly affecting them;
  • conducting seminars about community sanitation, household and personal hygiene, nutrition, disease prevention, and sex education;
  • working in clinics and maternity hospitals talking directly to women and girls about safe sex, family planning, maternal and child health, and nutrition; and
  • assisting medical officers in the lab and pharmacy.

Basic training and educational materials are on site, but volunteers are encouraged to bring new materials as well.

Why Choose This Program

  • Because you want to learn about the reality of public health in Uganda;
  • Additional activities such as teaching, youth mentoring, and vegetable gardening are also happening;
  • The exchange of ideas, experiences, and culture is highly encouraged; and
  • You get to camp in the African bush!
Uganda clinic pharmacy

A pharmacy in a rural Ugandan clinic

Volunteers are given a private room and 3 daily at meals at the host organization as their home base.

Meals consist of local foods, such as matooke (mashed plantain), posho (corn meal), cassava and sweet potatoes. They are generally served with peas, beans, or groundnut sauce.  Bread and tea are the usual breakfast.

There is electricity but no indoor plumbing. Expect pit latrines and cold bucket showers.

This program may involve walking long distances in the sun. Volunteers should bring a hat and walking shoes. As you’ll be working off the beaten track, expect to ride to work on the back of a motorcycle. If outreaches are longer than one day, volunteers camp with fellow staff in the village.

No more than 3 volunteers are placed together in any village placement.

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