UGANDA - Kampala and communties
January 17- January 29, 2020
Project Helping Hands has provided health care and health education to vulnerable and extremely poor communities in Uganda since 2011. Straddling the Equator in Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa” is home to over 40 million people living in an area about the size of the state of Oregon. Uganda is one of the least developed countries (LDC) in the world with healthcare performance ranked 173 rd outof 195 nations on the Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ) Index. Uganda is a young country with a median age of 15 years. The average Ugandan woman has over 5 children. Life expectancy is only 59 years. Malaria is common in all age groups and is the leading cause of death for children under 5 years. 1.3 million Ugandans are HIV positive. Infant mortality is as high as 88/1,000 in some areas with up to 125/1,000 children dying before their 5 th birthday. Healthcare needs far exceed healthcare resources.
PHH has brought medical volunteers to provide health care and education to Kawempe for the last 8 years. Please volunteer and join our trip or donate to our team donation page to support our work in rural Uganda
Team Leader: Jean Proehl
Jean has been a team leader for PHH since 2014. This will be her ninth deployment to Uganda. She emphasizes ethical and sustainable intervention to improve in the health of the communities we serve. This is accomplished by delivering direct care and providing health education in collaboration with our Ugandan hosts and health care providers.
Host Partner: Miracle Centre Kawempe / Robert Nabulere
The team will depart the U.S. mainland on January 17th, 2019 and arrive at Entebbe Airport on January 18th. At the conclusion of the deployment the team will leave Entebbe on January 29th and arriving home on January 30th.
Upon arrival at Entebbe, the team will be transported by bus to the Tick Hotel which serves as the lodging for the Kawempe clinic. The first few days will be spent in Kawempe, a densely populated slum on the outskirts of Kampala. For the remainder of the trip, the team will work in the rural village of Nangaiza which is located between Pallisa and Mbale in eastern Uganda.
There will be an optional trip extension (safari) offered to team members. The safari includes amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. More details about this activity will be posted on the website when the final team selection has been made.
Please click in the link below to see a "A Day in the Life of PHH Team Uganda" by our Uganda January Team Leader, Jean Proehl
Amount of in-country travel: Minimal. All trips are in vans or buses. The trip from the airport to the hotel is approximately 60 minutes. The daily trips in Kampala are approximately fifteen minutes from the hotel to the clinic site. The travel from Kampala to the rural location (Nangaiza) is approximately 4 hours. The trip from the hotel to the clinic in Nangaiza is approximately 30 minutes over rough roads.
Sleeping arrangements: Team members will stay in hotels in Kampala and Pallisa. Most team members will share a room.
Running water/electricity: Running water and electricity is available at the hotels but not at the clinic sites. The electricity and running water at the hotel in Nangaiza may be intermittent.
Internet/Mobile: Limited Internet service is available at the hotels in Kampala and Nangaiza. Mobile phone service is available throughout the country.
Physical requirements: The physical activity level for this team is rated at Moderate. Team members should be able to tolerate hot and humid weather (daytime temperatures average 85 - 95 degrees F). Team members may be asked to assist in lifting and carrying baggage and medical supplies. Team members should be in fair to good physical condition.
The primary focus for this team is to provide general health care and health education services. We seek licensed health care professionals including but not limited to:
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physician Assistants
- Dental Hygienists
- Dental Assistants
- EMS Personnel
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
We also welcome students, and non-healthcare volunteers to participate on the team
Team Size: 18 (Team status)
Application Due Date: September 1, 2019