Uganda has the twentieth highest maternal mortality rate and the fifteenth highest infant mortality rate in the world. The majority of people live on less than $2 per day. It is estimated that only 30 percent of women give birth in settings with a trained health professional. Given high incidences of malnutrition, anemia, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, many pregnant women are at risk of complicated births that lead to illness or death. Children under five are also at risk of contracting preventable diseases and suffering from acute malnutrition.
Offered through partnership with Child Family Health International (CFHI), this global health internship focuses on maternal and child health, HIV, and the realities of health access. In collaboration with CFHI’s local partner in Kigale, Uganda, you will rotate through the main general clinic, as well as the newly built Maternal and Child Hospital, where you will take part in rounds with physicians, nurses, medical officers, lab, and ultrasound technicians. At the HIV/AIDS clinic, sit in on counseling sessions, assist health workers with testing and learn how to reduce rates of mother to child transmission. Conduct outreach in rural villages and explore how nutrition and HIV are closely linked. Other opportunities include rotating at a nutrition center that treats and prevents maternal and child malnutrition, visiting traditional birth attendants and healers, and joining a local radio program that provides public health education to the community. You will learn about Kabale’s groundbreaking, integrated approach to addressing and improving maternal and child health. Due to insufficient government infrastructure and funding, nonprofit organizations have taken the lead in providing access to healthcare services, especially in remote regions.