In partnership with Child Family Health International (CFHI), students will participate in a global health internship focusing on sustainable health and development in the sub-Saharan country of Uganda. Students will become a part of the Kabale, Uganda, community and learn about the community’s groundbreaking integrated approach to improving food security, nutrition, and household income. Assist a local nonprofit organization in their efforts to treat and prevent maternal and child malnutrition through education and counseling. Visit local primary and secondary schools and participate in nutrition education outreach using participatory drama and theatre. Learn about sustainable agriculture and permaculture with a local social enterprise organization. Participate in workshops with village community groups and explore methods of growing a diversity of foods closer to people’s homes. Students can also participate in health and medical outreaches to rural villages.
In addition, meet with trainers at a rabbit breeding and training center and learn how rabbit rearing is an effective way to improve protein and B12 intake and generate household income to combat intergenerational poverty. Travel to rural villages throughout Kabale District and meet with local people who organize themselves into village groups to address development issues. Through a microcredit program supported by CFHI’s partner in Kabale, groups gain access to seeds, farming tools, and agricultural training. Witness the positive impact of these programs on individuals’ economic situations and maternal and child health in their communities. Students will arrive in Kigale, Rwanda, and visit the Rwanda Genocide Memorial before traveling to Kabale, Uganda.