We are looking for volunteers to promote hygiene and assist with first aid training. Depending on which aspect of the programme is focused on, we welcome both those from healthcare backgrounds and those who simply want to bring their enthusiasm and help us to save lives.
Hygiene promotion is the most cost effective way to improve health. It remains something that is neglected in Uganda - just 27% of Ugandans wash their hands properly. Consequently, rates of diarrhoeal disease have risen, leading to many unnecessary deaths, and in the Western Region where we operate 42% of children suffer from growth stunting.
By volunteering and working with communities and our partner schools to promote handwashing and good hygiene practices, you can change this. By running hygiene initiatives at churches, producing posters with children, putting together hygiene teams in schools, or running handwashing days and working with members of staff, you can save lives.
We also welcome those with a background in first aid. Mortality rates from accidents in Uganda far outstrip those of developed countries such as the UK & US and are increasing year on year. The vast majority of people involved in accidents receive no first aid and consequently, the WHO predicts accidents will soon become the leading cause of death in Uganda alongside HIV/AIDs, overtaking malaria. By sharing your knowledge of first aid through training sessions, whether with teachers, road traffic police or motorcycle taxi drivers, you can deliver change to countless people and help prevent unnecessary deaths.