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Healthcare provision and overall infrastructure in Uganda are chronically underfunded and highly variable in quality. The results are astounding. Uganda's infant mortality rate and life expectancy age are among the worst in the world. More than 50 percent of Ugandans have no access to clean water, while malaria and respiratory illnesses are widespread and are frequent causes of death. AIDS has claimed millions of households throughout Uganda and has reduced the life expectancy
from 48 years in 1980 to 43 years in 1995.
To read more about current Child and Maternal Health issues in Uganda, click here.
FSD works to address these pressing health issues in a variety of ways throughout the Jinja and Masaka Districts. Interns, volunteers, and donors work together to:
- Train local community workers and educate communities to raise awareness on common diseases, malaria, prevention, and other health-related issues.
- Conduct village-to-village public health programs that administer basic medical care, tropical disease treatment, counseling, nutrition, and reproductive health care. Programs are run by local health clinics that are unreachable by most villagers.
- Conduct follow-up assessments and research on the efficacy of subsidized mosquito net usage and the local treatment methods of malaria and other common diseases.
- Provide medical treatment, care, and health education to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).
- Coordinate projects that improve hygiene and sanitation in communities through workshop implementation, distribution of hygienic products, and installation of pit latrines in homes.
- Provide extensive technical and social resources to support community-based HIV initiatives for victims and their families.
- Offer a variety of educational programs and counseling, and distribute antiretroviral (ARV) medications to families affected by HIV.
- Develop outreach programs that offer child health workshops in nutrition and preventative health maintenance.
Read more about Child and Maternal Health programs and opportunities initiated by our Community Partners in Uganda.
For a description of the opportunities available in each development subject addressed by FSD in Uganda, click on the links below:
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