GlobeMed at Washington University in St. Louis partners with Uganda Development and Health Associates in Iganga, Uganda to promote reproductive health and youth empowerment.
GlobeMed at WashU in St. Louis + UDHA
GlobeMed at Washington University in St. Louis | St. Louis, Missouri
Uganda Development and Health Associates (UDHA) | Iganga, Uganda
UDHA operates in areas where malaria is endemic and where there is high level of HIV/AIDS. The current HIV prevalence in Uganda is estimated at 6.5 percent among adults, with women disproportionately affected.
“I learned valuable lessons such as we cannot save the world by merely building clinics and sending donated medications; we must address the underlying problems that have lead to inaccessible healthcare and oppression; only then we will see sustainable change.”
– Katherine Palmer, WashU in St. Louis ’14
About the Partnership
Uganda Development and Health Associates (UDHA) is an NGO that was formed in 2003 to provide reproductive health, youth empowerment, child health, and HIV/AIDS services in the districts of Iganga, Mayuge, and Luuka. UDHA’s mission is “to engage a multi-sectoral approach and professional approach with strong community participation and ownership for the enhancement of reproductive health, rights, and empowerment for young people.” Since 2008, the GlobeMed chapter at Washington University in St. Louis has raised over $33,000 to support UDHA’s initiatives.
At the UDHA Youth Center, GlobeMed at WashU works with UDHA staff to run a Peer Educator Program, which facilitates the training of youth in reproductive health and adolescent development. The Youth Center has also provided income-generation programs for disadvantaged youth to help them meet their basic needs and attend school while also providing a safe and supportive environment where youth can address health concerns, especially as they pertain to sexual and reproductive health. GlobeMed at WashU also works to assist UDHA with their Nutrition for Naigobya Project by performing assessments of the nutritional needs of families with children under ﬁve in the community and facilitating trainings of Community Health Workers, who continue to work with families in the area to meet their nutritional needs through growth monitoring and the provisioning of ready-to-use food supplements.
Washington University in St. Louis together with UDHA strives to empower youth to become agents of change by hosting school and community health outreaches as Peer Educators.
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