GlobeMed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City partners with Kabwohe Clinical Research Center in Bushenyi, Uganda to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.
GlobeMed at UMKC + Kabwohe Clinical Research Center
GlobeMed at the University of Missouri – Kansas City | Kansas City, Missouri
Kabwohe Clinical Research Center | Bushenyi, Uganda
According to UNAID, there are over 1 million adults and 150,000 children living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
“From building partnerships with grassroots organizations, to immersing our students in a passion for social change, GlobeMed has been the path to achieve our greatly-sought dream of global health equity.”
– Melony Chakrabarty, UMKC ’11
About the Partnership
GlobeMed at UMKC partners with Kabwohe Clinical Research Center (KCRC) in Bushenyi, Uganda to provide high quality, community-based HIV/AIDS testing, prevention and care. The clinic provides comprehensive HIV treatment, education, and screening for members of the local community surrounding the clinic. This includes checking cell counts, providing antibiotics for obtained infections, and screening for progress of the disease. Since 2006, GlobeMed at UMKC has raised over $17,000 to support KCRC’s crucial HIV/AIDS work in Bushenyi.
GlobeMed at UMKC supports a goat microfinance program in Bushenyi, Uganda. The project will supply communities afflicted with HIV/AIDS with livestock that will provide additional nutrition and income to families in need. The program will provide 1-2 goats for a family, build additional penning areas, and temporarily pay for veterinary and agriculture consultations. As the livestock mature and produce offspring, the young goats will begin to be distributed throughout the community until each family has at least one goat each.
Adequate nutrition is extremely important for patients infected with HIV, especially children, so that they can absorb their oral medications. Goat meat and milk is highly nutritious, and the income that goat offspring, meat, and milk generate can support food, health, and education costs.