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Team Gulu 2017

A project by: Elizabeth Ogilvie

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WE RAISED £20,413

from 48 donors

This project received pledges on Wed 26 Apr 2017
An international student-led project assisting local staff to deliver free healthcare in Uganda

We are Team Gulu 2017 - a group of 11 medical students and 1 geography student from The University of Manchester.

NORTHERN UGANDA VILLAGE HEALTH OUTREACH PROJECT

This summer our team of Manchester students (Team Gulu) are travelling to Gulu, Northern Uganda to take part in the Northern Uganda Village Health Outreach Project (NUV-HOP). This is the second time our group have travelled to Gulu; a trip which we want to make a regular opportunity for students to volunteer and make an impact in Uganda. NUV-HOP is a project organised and funded by students from Uganda , Manchester and Belgium .

The aim of the project is to improve the living conditions in underprivileged communities by establishing an affordable healthcare provision and empowering individuals through health education.

The project is also a valuable educational opportunity for all students involved as we get first-hand experience in implementing public health and an insight into how Uganda's health system works on the ground.

NUV-HOP also promotes international cooperation and teamwork as we help support vulnerable people through locally based health interventions.

FREE HEALTHCARE TESTING AND SERVICES

Last summer we travelled to health clinics based around Gulu to observe and assist local doctors and nurses. It was an incredible opportunity for us to contribute to Ugandan staff and students' efforts to help their communities. We want to return in 2017 to help provide these much-needed free healthcare services.

We will also work with local community leaders to deliver health education talks to the local communities and schools. We do this to empower individuals with knowledge about how to improve their health and to help dispel misconceptions held about health and disease.

We will also be shadowing staff in the local hospital to learn about how the staff deal with the health issues faced there, and gain an understanding of what it is like to work in more challenging clinical environments.

During our time in Uganda we will be hosted by local families which will allow us to develop relationships with the local people and a more intimate understanding of their culture and lives.

Your donation to the project will help to run our outreach clinics

THE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN UGANDA

The communities of Northern Uganda have been severely affected by civil war that lasted over 20 years until the expulsion of Joseph Kony his army in 2008.

During this time, children were kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers or endured horrific sexual abuse. Generations of families were murdered and over 1 million people were displaced and forced to move into Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps. People languished in these camps as they lived in cramped, inhumane conditions that bred disease and poverty.

Structured communities fell apart and people became de-skilled and disempowered as they sat in a limbo of poverty and fear for decades whilst ignored by most of South Uganda.

The last IDP camp closed in 2012 and Northern Ugandans have returned home and slowly been trying to rebuild their lives and communities. They struggle against high levels of poverty, inadequate water sanitation and significant burden from diseases such as Malaria, HIV/AIDs and disability from war.

This is combined with an overstretched and under resourced healthcare system which people struggle to access. The most destitute must walk many miles to reach their nearest health clinic. Despite the efforts of committed healthcare professionals in Northern Uganda, many people are still unable to access adequate health care due to lack of money, living in hard to reach areas and the lack of resources in the health centres. The healthcare system is also straining under the influx of refugees fleeing conflict from South Sudan.

PLEASE SUPPORT US AND SHARE THIS PAGE!

We are incredibly passionate about this project and are determined we can meet our fundraising goal but we need your help! Please share and spread the word about our project!

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CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITES

Find out more about NUV-HOP and our Ugandan and Belgian teams on our NUV-HOP website!

Learn more about Team Gulu on our website here!

Thank you!

4 weeks ago

We are delighted to announce that we have now raised our full amount of £17000!

Thank you to everyone has donated so far - we really appreciate your support!

Thank you for helping give us the opportunity to travel to Gulu and take part in Northern Ugandan Village Health Outreach Project - we look forward to working with our Ugandan and Belgian colleagues, helping run the outreaches, learning from the local healthcare staff, shadowing in the local hospital and meeting our host families!

We think this project is a great way to allow students to directly impact vulnerable communities whilst also learning valuable skills that will make us better doctors (and people) whilst we do it.

Even though we have reached our target please keep donating! Every extra pound goes towards buying more supplies for the outreach clinics: more medications, test kits, supplies for health education, medical equipment!

Please keep donating!

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Have a great time Jacob and team Gulu Louis Linde

Dear Hedda. Best of luck for your project and stay in Uganda! /Kramar Gunilla Widlund

Hedda! We wish you all the best for your stay in Uganda and we hope the project is a sucess in delivering free healthcare! /Många kramar från Cecilia, Mårten, Axel och Hanna

Such a great cause and a fantastic initiative. Love, Arthur and Truffle x

Good luck Jacob and all of Team Gulu! So inspiring to hear how you are dedicating your time to helping others, all the very best for your trip. From Caroline and Dave

Good luck becca xoxox

Good luck Jacob love Linda P

An exclllent cause. Have a great time.

Good luck and enjoy your time in Africa, my birth place and the best place in the world . regards Rowan Packer @ CLS Holdings plc

Best of luck to the team, a truly worthy cause and I hope you have a great time out there too. Adam (a colleague of Fredrik Widlund, Hedda's father)