GlobeMed at WashU partners with UDHA in Uganda to promote reproductive health, youth empowerment, child health and access to healthcare.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at Washington University in St. Louis
Founded in 2008, GlobeMed at WashU partners with Uganda Health and Development Associates (UDHA), a grassroots organization in eastern Uganda. UDHA and GlobeMed at WashU work together to empower youth through sexual and reproductive health education and outreach campaigns in Iganga, Uganda, and to fight resource disparities by supporting a health centre in Naigobya, Uganda.
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Our Partner // Uganda Development and Health Associates (UDHA)
Uganda Development and Health Associates (UDHA), a non-governmental organization founded in 2003, strives to engage a multi-sectoral and professional approach with strong community participation and ownership for the enhancement of reproductive health, rights, and empowerment for young people. UDHA empowers local communities with knowledge and access to health resources, youth empowerment programs, child health services, child malnutrition interventions, and HIV/AIDS interventions in the districts of Iganga, Luuka, and Mayuge, Naigboya parish, and Bukooma sub-county. Since 2008, GlobeMed at WashU has raised over $48,500 to support UDHA’s mission. UDHA empowers at-risk youth with vocational skills to help individuals gain independence and stability.
Our Project // $22,200 for Sexual Health Education and Access to Health Care
In an effort to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality arising from malnutrition, the Nutrition Project uses a community health worker model to educate and empower families in Bukooma sub-county of Luuka District to adopt healthier nutritional practices. CHWs conduct both community outreaches and individual household visits to monitor pregnancies and child development, perform cooking demonstrations, encourage home gardening, promote food hygiene, and facilitate dialogues surrounding community health. Recently, the project has begun partnering with local primary schools, supporting the development of demonstration gardens and health clubs to ensure that children are educated about the importance of nutrition and proper sanitation and hygiene practices from a young age.
In Iganga, UDHA runs a Youth Center that educates youth about HIV/AIDS, other communicable diseases, and reproductive health by partnering with local schools to train peer educators and install confidential question boxes.
GlobeMed at WashU hopes to raise $22,000 this year for UDHA's Nutrition Projection and Youth Resource Center. Through the support of these funds, UDHA will have an increased capacity to train more community health workers and peer educators. In turn, UDHA will be able to reach and serve more of the surrounding population. Additionally, a portion of this funding will go to shipping over $104,000 worth of donated medical supplies in order to better serve the community's health needs.
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