Uganda Health Appeal

Donate now to help families access essential healthcare.

For the last decade UCDVO has supported health programmes in Uganda through its volunteering and global citizenship programme.

In spite of the immense strain Covid-19 has put on the health system in Uganda, UCDVO’s partners continue to deliver critical health services to some of the most vulnerable communities.

Over 15,000 women, men and children in Nansana, Wakiso District, were able to access primary healthcare through UCDVO’s partner Nurture Africa. In the Church of Uganda Kisiizi Hospital, south western Uganda, more than 5,000 people received outpatient services every month; 8,000 patients were admitted and over 2,000 babies safely delivered.

Please help UCDVO continue this work in 2021. Donate now

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UCDVO’s Partners in Uganda

UCDVO has partnered with Kisiizi Hospital since 2010 for short-term elective volunteer placements. UCDVO has placed 56 students and eleven professional tutors, from the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and School of Agriculture and Food Science (Nutrition/Dietetics).

UCDVO (with funding from ESTHER COVID-19 Response) is currently supporting Kisiizi Hospital’s Covid-19 response to improve the quality of antenatal care services for mothers via outreach community ante-natal clinics.

Since 2015, UCDVO volunteers have supported Nurture Africa’s community health and livelihoods programme. UCDVO and Nurture Africa host a 4-week rehabilitation camp for children with disabilities and their families. This camp includes physiotherapy, public health, and nutrition assessments and interventions, alongside workshops and capacity building, resulting in improvements in movement, speech and sitting for many of the children

This year, 25 of UCDVO’s 50 programme participants are volunteering (virtually) with Nurture Africa and will participate in vocational training, business and livelihoods programmes and run the rehabilitation summer camp.

UCDVO works closely with the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science (SPHPSS) and School of Agriculture and Food Science for the delivery of the multi-disciplinary health and livelihoods programmes, elective placements and research in the areas of nutrition and dietetics.

Story of Change: Erishiba and her mother Jane-Frances

Erishiba (13) joined the Nurture Africa programme in 2015. She was completely dependent then. Since accessing physiotherapy and occupational therapy she can now sit independently and is learning to speak. She has been provided with a wheelchair and learnt basic vocal communication. The community used to tell Erishiba’s mother that her daughter would never be able to do anything for herself – now she is attending school for the first time.

With your help children like Erishiba can continue to access healthcare and rehabilitation services to enable them to have the best lives possible. Donate now