Uganda has the 20th highest maternal mortality rate and the 15th highest infant mortality rate in the world, according to the World Health Organization, with the majority of people living on less than $2 per day. Given high incidence of malnutrition, anemia, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, many pregnant women are at risk of complicated births that lead to illness or death. Approximately 45% of children under the age of 5 suffer from severe malnutrition. There’s no shortage of food in Uganda, yet the majority of its poorest households are reported to be “food insecure,” with poor health and disease exacerbated by malnutrition.
Become a part of the community in Kabale, a town located in southwestern Uganda, and intern at a local nonprofit organization. While in Kabale, interns will learn about their groundbreaking, integrated approach to addressing and improving maternal and child health and food insecurity.
Interns in this program conduct health outreach alongside health workers in rural villages and explore how nutrition and HIV and other illnesses are closely linked. Interns assist staff in their efforts to treat and prevent maternal and child malnutrition through education and counseling. Visit local primary and secondary schools and participate in Nutrition Education Outreach using participatory drama and theater. Learn about sustainable agriculture, novel protein sources in the form of a rabbit breeding center, and permaculture with a local social enterprise organization. Participate in workshops with village community groups and explore methods of growing a diversity of foods.
Ideal candidates will have experience with or knowledge of maternal/child/infant health issues in a global context, and/or experience or knowledge of issues surrounding agriculture and food security in the context of low-resource global communities.