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Medical Electives Uganda
Volunteers from around the world have worked within the rural setting of Ruhanga in south-west Uganda for a number of years helping develop community projects that support young people and their families establish a better future. The projects to date include a successful development school, now attended by over four hundred local children, workshops and a gravity well bringing clean, piped water into the community.
Qualified medics on placement may also like the opportunity to train local staff as well as working with them, and also offer some basic health advice to local villagers. In order to make the most of the placement we strongly recommend that such volunteers stay for at least a month and preferably longer, although shorter periods may be available subject to negotiation. Successful candidates will stay at our Uganda Lodge guest house which is literally directly opposite the centre for a small daily fee including all food, facilities and comfortable accommodation with hot and cold showers in each room.
Above: How work on the health clinic has developed.
The health centre will host a permanent nurse and regular visits from a local qualified doctor and will have a number of roles within the community, including:
Above: The Human Development Index for Uganda 1990 – Present.
For many, the landlocked country of Uganda in east Africa will be indelibly linked with former President Idi Amin and his authoritarian rule that resulted in severe loss of life and political turmoil. Yet, since 1987, the country has in many ways transformed with the coming to power of the National Resistance Movement that has led to an enduring peace and stability throughout the country save for sporadic outbreaks of conflict in northern Uganda far removed from our own project in the distant south-west. During this period the population of Uganda has nearly tripled, there has been ongoing economic growth and many have achieved a better standard of living as liberalisation and privatisation opened up new opportunities particularly in urban areas.
However many Ugandans( 42%) still live on the land and, as of 2011, Uganda ranked in 161st place out of 187 countries in terms the three basic dimensions of human development; health, education and income, placing Uganda below the regional average for sub-Saharan Africa as the graph below shows. When you volunteer at Uganda Lodge this is the rural type of community you will be working within. Few have access to money, almost none have access to electricity or water in their homes, homes are lit by candle but there is a warmth and spirit often lacking in so called ‘developed’ communities. Why not visit our project and experience it for yourself?