GlobeMed at Princeton University partners with COVE Alliance to prevent transmission of communicable diseases in rural Uganda.
GlobeMed at Princeton University + COVE Alliance
GlobeMed at Princeton University | Princeton, New Jersey
Cove Alliance | Kapeeka, Uganda
2,000 children die each day from diarrhoeal diseases, 90% of which is due to a lack of safe water, sanitation, and basic hygiene.
“To be sure, fighting for global health equity is not something we can do from the sidelines. We need to take action.”
– Cornelia Lluberes ’14 and Amy Li ’14, Princeton University
About the Partnership
COVE Alliance originated as one man’s dream and has become a growing network of caring, gifted people reaching out to orphaned and disadvantaged children in Uganda. As a young seminarian in Uganda’s Kasana-Luweero Diocese, Father Hillary ministered to hundreds of orphaned youths who had no one to care for them. “Now the remnants of the war became the victims of HIV/AIDS,” reported Hilary. COVE Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving orphaned and vulnerable children in central Uganda, was founded to combat the combination of political, economics, and health challenges confronted by the youth of Uganda.
Today, COVE Alliance U.S. raises funds to support COVE’s presence in Uganda. The town of Kapeeka and the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero are home to COVE Alliance Uganda with its Children’s Outreach Program and site of the St. Jerome COVE Center, a combination primary school and health clinic. The GlobeMed at Princeton chapter is partnered with COVE Alliance of Uganda. Through fundraising, GROW internships on-site in Kapeeka, and other initiatives, the chapter supports COVE Alliance in its mission to provide education and health care to orphaned and disadvantaged children in Uganda.
In 2008, a health clinic was established at the site of the St. Jerome COVE Center in Kapeeka, Uganda. The goal of the health clinic is to improve the access to and utilization of health services among the people of Kapeeka and the surrounding areas. With a staff of seven people, the medical clinic serves roughly 3,000 patients annually. In addition to administering tests and vaccines, the health clinic also initiates community education programs to inform the community on key health issues. Over the course of the past few years, the health clinic has become an indispensable part of the community.
This year, GlobeMed at Princeton is working to provide a vaccine refrigerator to the COVE Alliance health clinic in order to better facilitate its immunization program for new mothers and their children. Additionally, the chapter is working to provide computers to the head staff members at both the school and the clinic.
GlobeMed at Princeton hopes to raise $1,000 this year for the vaccine refrigerator and the computers that will be utilized by COVE Alliance. The vaccine refrigerator will be used to store vaccines for the weekly community immunization program that is sponsored for free at the COVE Alliance health clinic in order to provide newborns with the necessary regiment of vaccinations. The computers will be used by COVE Alliance staffers to create electronic records of important documentation necessary for both the health and education programs that the organization facilitates.