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FREE MEDICAL CAMPS_ASAVIOUR TO THE POOR AND SLUM DWELLERS

Free medical camps are medical care services that are taken direct to the grass root population free of charge. And  there are set up with the a sacred aim of bringing awareness amongst the most deprived population of the country who have less access to basic medical services or knowledge about different diseases they suffer from.

So medical camps offer all services at no cost towards these communities among such services includes, medicine distribution, medical advice, surgeries as well as making referral to where it is required.

Rural and slum areas being prone to extreme poverty, there is a great need for NGOs and other stake holders to fuel the need for offering free medical camps with the agenda of saving lives at least once in every 3 months or depending on how they please because a health body is a health mind.Free-Medical-Camps

Besides proving primary health care, the camps also contribute to raising awareness amongst the people informing them about the importance of adequate nutritious food, clean water, dangers and risks of environmental pollution as well as the vitality of family planning education and services.

More so, the main objective of these camps is to bring affordable health care services to the community and identify the common health problems in order to device ways of addressing them. These camps ensure that people get the healthcare at the right time and seeing the doctors before the small problem gets out of hand.

Medical camps are conducted by professionals and they carry out a limited health intervention amongst the under privileged communities. Getting the appropriate kind of health checkups is vital for every human being and while considering it, some important factors like age, lifestyle, family background and risks are taken into account.

Health examinations and tests at an early stage of the sickness can help to cure it faster and save a life before it can cause any damage. People live longer and healthier only if their lives are taken important.

Medical camps are as well good in proving the poor population with an overall physical examination which includes the eye checkups, HIV testing, assessment of the functioning of the vital organs like the lungs, kidney, liver digestive system, immunity and the heart. Such services are helpful for the poor people who earn a meager income regardless of their race or social status and cannot afford to go to hospitals that offer good services.

Teaching these communities and raising awareness of how best they can deal and treat the communicable and non-communicable diseases is one of the major roles of medical camps.

The medical personnel conducting these camps always act in the best interest of the patients as they inform them the whole truth about the sickness and the treatment that is required for it since healthcare is a basic human right which should be available for every one and shouldn’t be treated as a commodity for only those that can spend money to buy the service.

When we say that free medical camps are important in slums areas, it’s because of the kind of life that they live in. Life in the slums is very hard to predict, they can never tell what tomorrow has in custody for them. They tend to face a lot of challenges among which poverty becomes a major one. Therefore it becomes very hard for them to even afford a test in the hospital once they fall sick hence resorting to self-medication and this once it finds a worst situation, it escalates it putting them at the risk of losing their lives.

Because slums are among the least places that the government care for, in most cases they are considered criminals because of the nature of life they live in. In most cases the nonprofit organizations strive to take the services to them though it’s not enough. Therefore this qualifies them to get free medical camps.

A medical camp is solely serving humanity by taking care of the sick children and adults and giving them healthcare services for free. When the majority of hospitals and clinics close doors for the poor people, leaving them to die from conditions that could be managed, trauma, and other health conditions, free medical camps step in as their biggest hope.

Even the poorest among us deserves dignity of human right which cannot be declined. They should not be under looked because of their status; we are all one before God.

Webmasters November 12, 2020 No Comments

STRENGHT OF THE NATION – WHY YOU SHOULD EMPOWER YOUTHS IN UGANDA

Statistics show that Uganda has the world`s youth population with 78% of the population being below the age of 30.  As of 2020, Uganda`s population is estimated to be at 45.7 million people, and 78% of this means 35.6 million people in Uganda are under the age of 30 years. For a humanitarian, that becomes the greatest resource that a country can ever have, yet when misused, abused or underused, that can significantly become the greatest threat to the development of any country.

Youth are the strength of a nation because they are the most energetic, most creative, when watered right; they can be the most fruitful. It is for this reason that they should actually be given the most attention and focus because they are the custodians of the future. The future state of affairs in any country be it political, social or economic is 100% in their hands. So if they are denied the relevant information, and knowledge that they need to become productive, the future is at a great risk of collapse.

Youths in Uganda

Youths in Uganda

Empowerment has been defined as “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one`s life and claiming one`s rights.” This implies that empowerment is broad and it touches major aspects of a person`s life including but not limited to; social, mental, economic, political, spiritual, emotional etc. Despite of the fact that the youth make up the largest percentage of Uganda`s population, it is very sad that the unemployment rate of the youth is still at 13.3%. Statistics show that 83.5% of the Ugandan population aged between 15-29 works in informal jobs. This means that most of them are not regulated or protected by the state in their working. As a result, they are more exposed to poor working conditions, exploitation by their employers and in some cases, they become prone to illegalities such as human trafficking, all with the hopes of getting better employment opportunities overseas.

Youth, when misused and abused, can become the most dangerous threat to the development of any country. This is because in the event that they are unemployed or under employed they resolve to more drastic measures such as crime and illegal means of earning a living. When youth are excluded from the political scene of any country, out of frustrating they can cause political unrest in the whole country. It is for this reason that a lot of focus should be put on empowering them and involving them in every aspect of the nation. They deserve to be heard, and they must be included in the problem solving process of society.

Youth should be empowered because they are good executors of programs mainly because of their strength and vigor. It becomes very disappointing when the elders in a society exclude the youth because they view them as a threat to their personal gain and benefit. The elders in society should take up the role of mentorship and mentor the youth and prepare them to take the wheel into the future. That way, we can be assured of continuity when it comes to development.

Youth empowerment should be adopted as a serious agenda through capacity building and training, mentorship, employment and encouragement. They should be given platform to take part in the leadership of any community and their human rights should be respected.

As a way of reducing the crime rates in any country, youth must be kept busy through engagement in productive work. In Uganda, agriculture has been known as the biggest employing sector. Youth should be incorporated into the different sectors in the country and they should continuously be included.

Youth empowerment should be taken seriously and more money should be allocated to do this. The education sector should be manipulated in such a way that it encourages creativity among the youth, so as to produce more job creators than job seekers. By so doing, the need to hire fore expatriates will be reduced as more of our own will be employed in every sector of the economy.

It is also key to empower the youth because by so doing, the other resources of a country can be put to use by those who are actually affected by the problems and challenges in society. Those who have been pressed by the pangs of poverty can be able to tailor local solutions to the local problems and create employment opportunities that fit into their societies. This makes implementation of all problems easy, because they are embraced by the local people in the community. And they are able to ensure that it works.

It is also, important to know that one does not need to be in a position of leadership or influence in order empower youth. All that is needed is to have the passion and you can do this through peer to peer influence.

Empower the youth, because they are the strength of any nation.

Webmasters November 2, 2020 No Comments

TEACHING GOES BEYOND THE PROFESSION.

Teaching in Uganda

Teaching goes beyond the profession

A lot of attention has been put on education and not much on the educator or teacher. Education is both systematic and progressive and without education or learning, an individual is bound to become a public nuisance. Nelson Mandela once said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ And truly for the world to change, much more emphasis needs to be put on education and teaching.

For education to take place, there must be a teacher, and sometimes life is our teacher and other times it is individuals. We must learn that teaching goes beyond the profession. A teacher has been defined as a person who helps students to acquire knowledge, competence or virtue. So it`s not about the profession as much as it is about the person. It has been discovered that the first teacher any child has is his/her mother. Right from the womb, the fetus begins to pick signals from their mother and these signals are translated to affect their development. It’s the individuals that we meet on a daily that become teachers to us because from our various interactions with them, we learn to deal with many stresses and how to relate with people.

Teaching goes beyond the profession because, for a teacher to have a long-lasting impact, there must be passion, love, vision, a dream and the game-changer attitude within a person. A true teacher looks beyond what they will benefit from the service that they give and focus on what the learner has to gain. The beauty of it is that we don`t need to sit in classrooms for us to be teachers or learners because every day we meet potential teachers and students. It is our attitude towards them that determines what they will at the end of the interaction, walk away with.

Love and hatred, morality and ethics, good and bad, kindness and mercy; all these are not taught and learnt in a classroom. Some of these are learnt on the streets, others in market places and others from inconvenient places.

It means that we are all students and we are all teachers. We will always be teachers because it is our experiences that we teach and impart into others. Our interactions with others, the places we have been to and the events that take place in our lives make us teachers.

Some people choose to take up the teaching profession so that they can mentor, guide and impart skills into others as a way of changing them. Then some people are teachers at heart, and they go out of their way to make it possible for other people to become better. They source out for information that will empower others, and they look beyond the situations and limitations they might face and adopt better means of engaging their learners.

Many of these teachers fall under the informal education sector and they teach tremendously well. They teach soft skills, vocational skills, morals, ethics and values in society that group the emotional and psychological being of many individuals.

Now that you know that you are a teacher and the world is full of your students, you must build upon yourself and your interaction with the world. Become intentional about everything that you do because like it or not, the world is watching. And even though not everyone may care, there is a high probability that many people are picking the signals that you give off and these inform their world views. Be kind.

Sometimes we want to share our skills and are passionate about making an impact on hearts that are ready and willing to receive from us but we are limited by whom to contact. Look and believe, then you will see those grounds. And if it so happens that you are not a teacher by profession, find a community to volunteer. Talk to the local leaders in a particular region, let them know what your passion is and the motivation behind it and set it rolling.

If your passion stirs the desire to travel in order to do so, don`t hesitate, take a bus or a plane and travel to the grounds that will receive the seed you want to sow. We are sure that there are many people with a desire to learn but have limited access to teachers.  These will gladly receive you with open hands.

You could visit Volunteering in Uganda and let us give you the opportunity to teach under our community Development Program . Be it a skill, a story, a song or any lesson that is valuable and relevant for the social, mental and spiritual development of the child and other community members; we will avail the learners to you.

We are all teachers because it is much more than the profession. So let`s teach and forever learn.

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VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA AND ITS SURPRISING BENEFITS

Have you yet thought about enjoying and exploiting the enormous benefits of volunteering in Uganda through https://www.volunteeringinuganda.org/?

With most of us living super busy lives, the idea of volunteering in Uganda, giving your time and energy to a cause without payment may seem hard or even an impossible task to undertake.

However, volunteering in Uganda is of great benefit and doesn’t have to take up too much time. And, in fact, the benefits of volunteering are vast for the volunteer rather not just the community, individual or organization receiving their assistance.

To start with, volunteering in Uganda enables volunteers to build on their self-confidence and esteem as they engage in activities that impact communities were they are placed hence giving them a sense of pride and identity.

Volunteering in Uganda is as well a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. It gets to strengthen your ties as a volunteer to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

Volunteering in Uganda brings about happiness to volunteers as they get to witness so many lives changing and restoring lost hope to people in different communities. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel.

Furthermore volunteering helps one stay physically healthy. Different studies have showed that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. Older volunteers tend to walk more, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure, and have better thinking skills. Without forgetting that volunteering can also lessen symptoms of chronic pain and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Additionally, volunteering in Uganda can also help one build upon skills they already possess and use them to benefit the different communities in Uganda. For instance, if one holds a successful sales position, he/she can raise awareness for his favorite cause as a volunteer advocate, while further developing and improving his public speaking, communication, and marketing skills.

Interestingly, volunteering has distinct health benefits that can boost mental and perhaps more surprisingly physical health. Indeed, a growing body of evidence suggests that people who give their time to others might benefit from lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan.

When it comes to volunteering in Uganda being important for mental health, the benefits are clear. It can help counteract the effects of stress, depression and anxiety. Indeed, the social contact aspect of helping others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being.

In an increasingly competitive job market, volunteering experience can be incredibly useful. It shows potential employers that you can take initiative and that you’re willing to give your own time to improve the world for other people.

Furthermore, volunteering gives every individual an opportunity to practice important common skills used in the workplace, such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, planning and organization. Indeed, if you haven’t had a full-time job before then volunteering is an essential way to prove your skills when you do go for work interviews.

By volunteering with an ongoing program, volunteers see growth and change. Whether working with children who are learning to read or adults who are developing trust with their peers, volunteers can actually watch growth among their clients over time. This reinforces the volunteer’s own sense of worthiness and vitality in the program.

Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.

Always bare it in mind that nothing gets done by one person alone, which means we have to band together to make the changes we want to see in the world. Volunteerism has indeed been the fuel to the fires of change both on international and local fronts. Volunteering in Uganda your time, skills, and resources is one of the most powerful ways to make a difference, to help others, and as it turns out, to enhance your wellbeing.

Webmasters September 16, 2020 No Comments

VOLUNTEERING AND TOURISM IN UGANDA.

Volunteering and tourism, when they are joined it becomes voluntourism and this is a common form of international travel that allows u to contribute to sustainable development while exploring a new country and culture. It is similar to volunteer travel or volunteer vacation and many people find that doing volunteer work while also participating in tourism is great way to get the best of both worlds.

Volunteering and tourism offers a chance to volunteers to explore new country and its unique side, learn about the culture first hand and play a vital role in the community.

Since most of the volunteers live with local host families, so in the addition to the worthwhile work, they do at their projects, they also experience the depth of cultural immersion and exchange which is impossible for typical tourists, because the host families will welcome the volunteers into their homes and help the volunteers become part of the community by sharing their daily lives and customs with them and some volunteers have even found themselves celebrating birthdays and weddings with their host families.

The time the volunteer decides to take a step to join volunteering and tourism program, they are joining a global network of volunteers who live and work with diverse cultures on projects that have positive impact. Volunteering in Uganda receives volunteers all over the world and this will help them to share their passion for giving back and the desire to broaden their horizons.

Volunteering and tourism has supported the community people in various ways;

When volunteers promote to a well-run and sustainable volunteer project, they be helping to implement long term development. Volunteers use skills, time and energy to make a difference that will last long after they have returned home. Volunteers still help the local teacher improve their English and classroom skills via a teaching project and in this case volunteers indirectly impact the children they teach. And when a volunteer helps a struggling entrepreneur get their business off the ground at a microfinance project, the volunteer is helping support an entire family for years to come. So voluntourism is good.

Volunteering and tourism  participates play a great role to the development of local economy because in the volunteer’s free time, they take an advantage of the opportunity to go sightseeing, like game drive, island tours and many others. We all know that Uganda rely heavily on the income from tourism and voluntourism companies and volunteers support local business.

The volunteering and tourism companies give employment to the communities’ manpower and in most cases workers have the opportunity to receive further training and education.

However voluntourism is increasingly common but it is extremely important to carefully research about the organization you are considering to travel with. Sustainability, experience and financial responsibility are essential to the running programs that truly benefit the population.

Webmasters August 14, 2020 4 Comments

PROFESSIONAL BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA

A volunteer is someone who performs or offers to perform a service out of his own free will, most of the time without any form of payment made to him. Volunteering in Uganda is not only beneficial to the community you serve, but can in so many ways have returns for you and your profession.

Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean that it is any less valuable. The skills you get to learn from volunteering are just as useful as those you learn in paid positions and including them on your resume is just as convincing for employers.

Volunteering in Uganda in a professional program like teaching, nursing, Agriculture and construction is just a different way to help people as well as improve on your profession.

Life is a wonderful journey and you never know where it will take you. Volunteering in Uganda can help you be more than a passive traveler. You can make a plan and actively build skills to enhance your professional lives through volunteering.

Volunteering in Uganda gives you a chance to build on the skills you already possess and as well learn new ones.  These skills include teamwork, communication, problem-solving and task management etc. When you volunteer you have to learn to communicate with a variety of people including other volunteers and local people. All this will help you develop the skills needed to be a good leader in your current or future employment.

Volunteering in Uganda shows you’re adaptable since it involves living with a local or sharing a home with other volunteers. This means you must live with people from other cultures and you must know how to adapt to the new environment. Many organizations are aware that international experience helps to shape character and shows you are adaptable.

It additionally gives one a chance to gain work experience in his/her field. Given the fact that most employers want workers who have workplace experience, your volunteer experience shows employers that you can manage your time and complete your task. Your volunteer records can show an employer that you have the attitudes and skills they are looking for in a potential employee.

Another benefit of volunteering in Uganda is that it is a great way to meet people with experience in your professional field from who you can learn. In addition, you may find people willing to offer paid positions to talented volunteers. Getting to know people can bring you just more opportunities and more satisfaction in your current or future career.

Also volunteering gives you a chance to build on your confidence which is an important thing one must possess most especially if he/she has never been employed before. It can help you feel active, useful and productive.

Additionally, volunteering helps you find your passion. Being a volunteer in your professional field for a while allows you to really see how your knowledge and skills can affect people’s lives for the better and this will help you feel happier in your work.

In conclusion, when you choose to volunteer in Uganda, you are not only offering your help to people who need it but as well living an unforgettable experience that will help you grow both personally and professionally.

Webmasters February 24, 2020 No Comments

CHEAPEST VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMS IN UGANDA.

Is Uganda a destination you want to visit and help make a positive impact to the people and their communities? Volunteering in Uganda can be a cheap, yet tremendous, way to experience this beautifully diverse country.

There many volunteering organizations which provide volunteer opportunities though range in prices, safety, and usefulness or impact. For the best possible experience you need to make the right choices on where to go, what to do and how to go about it.  This article details some vital information on the top rated low cost volunteering opportunities in Uganda.

Volunteering in Uganda at a low cost normally starts from one week in length and can be extended according to one’s desire. There are no specific start or finish dates, you schedule your work program around your flight bookings. Whichever project chosen, it is a grand opportunity to become immersed in the local culture and really to get to know the community.

As a volunteer, you can get engaged in the construction programs in Uganda since there are many volunteer projects like building schools in villages, hospitals or even orphanages. Volunteers in Uganda usually assist with plastering, repairing and painting; simple but impactful work.

Volunteering in Uganda could also engage you in women empowerment programs.  Encouraging women to make handcrafted goods and clothes to sell and have a sustainable income for them and also teaching the women English phrases as well as cultural lessons to better engage with tourists for a better earning.

Volunteers in Uganda can as well be involved in the disabled care projects which work closely with special needs centers. These projects aim at promoting community inclusiveness for the children, teenagers and adults. Volunteers usually get involved in these through running daily activities, cleaning, teaching or giving any form of support that could be needed.

Volunteering in Uganda could also get you attached to sensitizing HIV/AIDs victims in Uganda to improve their conditions and prevent future cases through educational strategies. Distributing clothes and food to the infected patients and educating the communities through campaigns are also other huge tasks that need volunteers.

Several volunteers even go beyond to working at orphanages in Uganda of their choices to improve the living conditions of orphans in Uganda. They will play games, sing songs, and do arts and crafts with the children as well as cooking and cleaning to help the staff.

Those interested in the health projects will either assist nurses and doctors in the local hospitals or educate the locals through workshops and seminars to improve health awareness. Something that would still improve the overall health and well-being of local communities in Uganda.

Volunteering in Uganda also engages volunteers in the education sector. It is vastly known that Education is the major priority that aims at breaking the poverty. The higher level of literacy, the higher the chances of poverty eradication in Uganda. Volunteers with teaching skills and excellent grasp of English language are needed to create engaging lessons for both the children and poor elderly in Uganda.

Summing up, there are so many places around the world that one can volunteer in but Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is un exceptional place that furnishes unique volunteering opportunities. Those that are cheap but so impactful. Thinking of volunteering? Uganda should be the first priority.

 

 

Webmasters February 12, 2020 9 Comments

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT FOOTPRINT VOLUNTEER UGANDA

Volunteering – a trend that is getting more and more popular. It means choosing to give some of your time and energy for the benefit of the community without expecting anything in return. This can be by working for a non-profit organization, charity organizations, medical centres and many others.

Countless organizations have come up to offer volunteering opportunities to world changers who would love to impact the generation and change countless lives for a brighter future.

With the increased death rates of AIDs victims, several young children have been orphaned, women widowed, helpless girls lying in beds of Mulago hospital Uganda; lacking even something very small to eat, the cancer patients die day and night leaving behind orphans. There is no one to help the disabled ones, Uganda is definitely one of the best countries to volunteer in.

On completion of studies, most students from Europe have dedicated themselves to serving local communities in Africa through volunteering projects in different countries. Something that is going to help them gain more new experiences, develop new skills as well as boosting their confidence.

Volunteering starts with searching out for the best country and project that favors your desires, an environment that won’t bore you down.

But what is so special about Volunteering in Uganda? The first thing that hits your mind is the country’s beauty. Being the pearl of Africa, Uganda offers a grand range of experiences, not only volunteering, but also adventure wise. It is one country that furnishes awesome weekend getaways. A volunteer can easily have short weekend trips when he or she is not on duty.

Furthermore, the people of Uganda are the best people you would ever work with. The Ugandan inhabitants are so open minded, willing to show you their country and their origins, as well as the delicious food. They are kind people with huge hearts that welcome everyone who comes their way.

As a volunteer you can work in different areas of responsibility that empower the next generation. Volunteers can teach English to young children at school helping the little ones improve on their grammar and writing skills. At primary and secondary school you will teach them core subjects, such as English, mathematics, science, whichever you prefer, it’s a good move.

Still volunteers can work at a medical center or hospital basing on your qualifications and desires. These clinics lack enough resources and staff – so as a volunteer, your assistance is needed and they are really blessed with your help. You will work alongside doctors and nurses, so they can always guide you on the duties of the hospital.

The most perfect voluntary in Uganda, one that sums up all the above mentioned is volunteering at an orphanage. Working in an orphanage is an incredible way to help these poor children receive the love, care, education, and companionship that the world had denied them. It is always a great opportunity to improve the present and future lives of these disadvantaged children.

As a last possibility we want to show you the work in national parks or with the nature generally. You get an impression of the various number of the flora and fauna that Uganda hides. This is also one self-esteeming action, knowing that you have once been part of Uganda’s conservation.

We can say that all these areas of responsibility are not only a big value to the local communities and the children, but also for oneself. It expands your view of the world; it’s fun and adventure-filled. You meet open minded people from around the world, you learn new ways of doing things, culture and language.

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WHY YOU NEED TO VOLUNTEER WITH DISABLED PEOPLE IN UGANDA

“When you hear the word ‘disabled,’ people immediately think about people who can’t walk or talk or do everything that people take for granted. Now, I take nothing for granted. But find the real disability is people who can’t find joy in life and are bitter. “Teri Garr quoted.

Well, that is the whole idea about disabled people. It might be visual, hearing or moving limitations, whichever the case is, it makes the victim so vulnerable to the world.

Uganda is not the best country when it comes to the rights of the disabled people, they are discriminated and left out. They often feel out of place. So this article shows you the need to volunteer with the disabled people in Uganda.

According to the Uganda Population and Housing Census Report (2002), four out of every 25 persons in Uganda are disabled people under the age of 18. The different forms of disability include Difficulty in hearing, Difficulty in speaking, Difficulty in moving around and using other body parts: Difficulty in seeing, strange behavior, Epilepsy, Difficulty in learning, Leprosy and loss of feeling.

Unfortunately, the disabled children continue to experience physical barriers, inadequate information, rehabilitation and unfriendly services. Limited accessibility to such services has contributed to social exclusion of disabled people in the communities they live in.

However, The National Policy on Disability in Uganda aims at promoting equal opportunities for enhanced empowerment, participation and protection of rights of the disabled people irrespective of the gender, age and type of disability. This is in recognition that children with disabilities can perform to their full potential given the same conditions and opportunities irrespective of their social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Generally, disabled people are vulnerable by virtue of their impairment and negative societal attitudes arising from fear, ignorance, superstitions, neglect and of awareness. And currently, the Special Needs Education under the Ministry of Education and Sports addresses issues of children learning with disabilities.

The Government has also put in place a rehabilitation and resettlement scheme that includes vocational rehabilitation services, sheltered workshops that focus on skills training for provision of assistive devices to disabled people in Uganda.

However, you should note that despite the above existing programs, there’s scarcity of appropriate educational scholastic and instructional materials, inadequate training of staff handling concerns of the disabled people, outdated and limited  skills in vocational skills in vocational rehabilitation centers, use of languages that are not comprehensible to these unlucky ones and high costs of assistive services such as guides, helpers, and interpreters which are the major factors that hinder the education  and skills training of the disabled children.

Therefore, poor access to education in childhood means that a high proportion of the disabled people remain illiterate and unskilled; the major cause of the high levels of poverty and low standards of living.

Communities often discriminate against and marginalize the disabled people because of negative beliefs, norms and customs. This is due to the limited understanding by the communities of the causes of disabilities as well as the rights and potentials of the disabled people. Communities in Uganda have totally convinced themselves that disabled people are less people who don’t deserve equal treatment.

This the very reason why Uganda needs volunteers. Volunteers who are able; to promote and strengthen awareness creation programs on disability at all levels, establish community based networks to access the disabled people to the needed services.

Volunteers who can promote micro-finance education and health initiatives that benefit households of the disabled people and their caregivers and recommend publicity through the media such as radio, T.V Newspapers and posters.

Uganda needs volunteers who can spend time with the disable people, teaching them, feeding them, caring for them and simply making them feel loved regardless of their forms of limitation.

Webmasters January 2, 2020 1 Comment

THE NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS IN  HOSPITALS IN UGANDA

In 2012, Uganda suffered two major hemorrhagic fever outbreaks creating an immediate need for volunteers in hospitals in Uganda till date

First the dread Ebola hemorrhagic fever hit the remote district of Kibaale in the Western part of the country. As the country was trying to recover from the Ebola outbreak, another deadly disease, Marburg fever broke out in Kabale in South Western Uganda.

Kibaale district is 219 kilometers away from Kampala. Although the district has a main government hospital, it needs more volunteers due to the  lack of requisite medical expertise to handle such epidemics.

Specialized doctors and other volunteers in hospitals had to travel from Kampala to camp in Kibaale until the disease was fought to the end.  Samples would be taken in Kibaale and driven back in Kampala for tests. This same approach was applied to manage Marburg cases in Kabale and patients suffered because there were no volunteers in hospitals on the frontline to curb these epidemics in anyway.

The total number of hospitals (public and private) in Uganda is 155.Of these, 2 are National Referral Hospitals (Mulago and Butabika), 14 are regional Referral Hospitals and 139 are General Hospitals.

In terms of ownership, 65 are government owned, 63 PNFP and 27 are private and these provide preventive, promotive outpatient curative, maternity, inpatient, emergency surgery and blood transfusion and laboratory services.

It is widely accepted that health is wealth. This is because good health is a strong foundation on which success and prosperity can be built. Yet, inequalities in access to health care are a major concern in Uganda and this is one of the reasons why there is need for volunteers in hospitals of Uganda.

Uganda suffers a chronic shortage of trained health workers and the few trained doctors keep grumbling over their pay cheque, unlike the volunteers who could be there full time just to help the patients recover with smiles on their faces.

Probably this is why 16 mothers die as they give birth and 131 per 1000children die before the age of five.

Only 38% of health care posts are filled in Uganda. Those health workers within the country have little incentive to work in poor rural areas and 40% of nurses and midwives are based in urban areas, serving only 12% of the Ugandan population.

This implies that access to health care between rural and urban areas is highly imbalanced and with most Ugandans living in rural areas it implies that their ability to get better healthcarethat is only in urban centers is limited.

With volunteers in hospitals placed in different localities in rural areas, there will be easy access to better health care services the fact the number of medical personnels in hospitals will have increased.

Volunteers in Hospitals can give first aid to patients who are badly off for example those with injuries from accidents as they wait on the doctors to work on them.

Volunteers also help to transport patients, give directions or escort visitors to see their patients, answer telephone calls, socialize with patients and visitors and others do some cleaning which ease service delivery in public hospitals.

The need for volunteers in hospitals not only focuses on the hospital benefits but also cuts across the individual benefits for example; volunteers gain more knowledge in the medical field and how best they can handle patients through health workshops and camps.

We therefore appeal to the government to allow more people to volunteer in public hospitals and work more with trained doctors for better service delivery to all Ugandans.

In addition to that, public universities should give more time for students to volunteer in hospitals during their internship.

If people who are not medics can still volunteer in hospitals in other departments like administration, accounts, counselling, cleaning and many others.

You want a suitable hospital to volunteer in? One that allows you meet people at their points of need? Then we are here for you. Send us an email at info@volunteeringinuganda.org