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UCD Volunteers Overseas

Health Projects in Uganda

In 2013, UCDVO developed a partnership with the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and Kisiizi Hospital in Southwest Uganda to offer a unique volunteering elective placement to stage three physiotherapy students. In June 2013, a team of five volunteers, including two chartered physiotherapists spent five weeks volunteering at Kisiizi Hospital to provide support to an existing rehabilitation unit.

Kisiizi Hosipital is located rurally in the Rukungiri district of South Western Uganda, one of the nine priority countries of Irish Aid. Since 2010, five UCD physiotherapy students have successfully undertaken their elective clinical placement in Kisiizi Hospital, resulting in a very strong link between UCD and Kisiizi Hospital.

Since its establishment in 2003, UCDVO has had a close relationship with UCD physiotherapy students, with more than 50 physiotherapy students undertaking UCDVO projects over the past 11 years. Concurrent to this, many physiotherapy students organise elective placements independently in developing countries as part of their undergraduate degree.



Since 2015 we have been working in partnership with Nuture Africa on a healthcare project in Nansana, Uganda. Nurture Africa has been working in Uganda since 2003 in a semi-urban town called Nansana, (population approx. 79,000) located six - seven miles northwest of Kampala (the capital city). UCDVO and Nurture Africa is engaged in a health centre project providing access to Healthcare, Education, Sustainable Livelihoods and Child Welfare for vulnerable families within the area of operation in Nansana.



Read about Stuart Garrett's experience volunteering as a physiotherapist in Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda. Stuart volunteered on UCDVO's Haiti 2008, Nicaragua 2009, and Delhi 2011 projects.

ISCP Newsletter March 2012

ISCP Newsletter September 2012

UCDVO Key Project Achievements 2013 - 2018

  • Children in Nansana were assessed for supportive equipment needs
  • Children's guardians received education on disability and rehabilitation and nutrition
  • Home visits carried out & school workshops delivered
  • Children in Kisiizi were screened for undernourishment
  • Physiotherapy support for a rehabilitation department in Kisiizi Hospital
  • Construction of an outdoor play area at Kisiizi Hospital
  • Financial support for paediatric patients at the rehab department
  • Renovation of a rural house to meet the resident’s physiotherapy needs 
  • Training for hospital staff in burns treatment and management 
  • Funding of prosthetic limbs for four patients


Key Partners

  • Kisiizi Hospital in South Western Uganda
  • Nurture Africa