Maternal Health Researcher

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founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Samuel
Coordinator | Samuel
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High­lights

Save lives of the mother dying due to birth complications
Live with a local host family and learn the Ugandan local language
Become passionate about childcare and nutrition
Embark on a life changing journey that will bring a difference in your life and that of the community
Gain an in-depth experience in the Pearl of Africa-Uganda
Your will be required to document, report and present, compile and analyze information and data about maternal health situation in the community This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

SustainME works with poor women living in hard to reach and isolated communities. Everyday a woman loses a life while giving birth due to pregnancy related complications. The maternal and infant mortality rate in Uganda remains unacceptably high and worrying with 336 maternal deaths per 100,000 lives births and infant mortality at 43 deaths per 1000 live births.

Maternal Health Researcher is very instrumental in this program as he/she will help to discover and document the maternal and infant mortality trends in our community. The documented data will be used by our organization and other stakeholders to take action to improve the maternal health state within our community.

Tasks for the Volunteer:

  • Work with health centers:  This involves working with local health centers to dig deeper and uncover the trend of mortality and infant mortality. 
  • Connect with the village health workers: .You will connect with the village health workers to understand the extend of maternal health problems on the grassroot.
  • Recording and documentation: This involves documentation and recording all discussions and events in the journey of interacting with the different people including filming.
  • Reading Literature: This involves visiting local libraries to read about local literature about maternal and infant mortality and compare finding.
  • Connect with victims: You will connect with with victims who have experienced a loss due to maternal and infant mortality to listen to first hand experience.
  • Reporting and Presentation: After successful research, you will be required to write a comprehensive report and carryout a presentation to the different stakeholders such as government officials, other non profits and policy makers 

Typical day

Sustain ME offers a flexible work schedule for the Volunteers.

Our workday typically starts at 9:00am when every staff and volunteer is expected to be at the office. Every Monday morning we have a meeting to review our previous work and also look at the way forward. 

Our workday runs from 9:00am to 4:00 pm. All the field activities are planned in advance and transportation done accordingly. However, on days where we have field activities, the work may extend beyond the departure time 4:00pm

Free-time activities

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa"  is filled and endowed with a lot of interesting activities that you can participate in during your Free time, Let us explore them below:

Visit the Source of the Nile. During your free time, you will have an opportunity to visit the Source of River Nile. The Nile river is the longest river in the world at 4,135 miles (6,650 kilometers). Our organization is located the River, so it is a beautiful activity out.

White Water Rafting: White water rafting is an activity carried out on River Nile. During your free time you can enjoy while water rafting and enjoy the breeze and the water falls.

Bike Riding: Taking a bike ride around the community and the town of Jinja is much relaxing

Cultural dance: Uganda is blessed with diverse cultures, while here you can have the time to participate in the different cultural dances and also attend some concerts where the dances are carried out.

Craft Shopping: Jinja, the town where we are located has a lot of shops selling African crafts. A free time can be spend by shopping and touring the several shops and enjoy the African culture through crafts.

Tour some of the Largest Forests: Spend time touring forests around Jinja, Uganda.

Visit National Parks: Uganda is blessed with numerous national parks with beautiful animals and birds. You get the opportunity to do bird watching, animals and reptiles.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Public Health, Midwife & Nursing fields, Researchers at University, College level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Communication and Interpersonal skills, Research skills, Nutritionists.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by SustainME
Airport pickup, accommodation and food & drink are included in the fees.
Airport Pickup at Entebbe International Airport

We Pick you up from the Airport-Entebbe Airport to Jinja where the project site is located. It takes about 3 hours to drive from Entebbe Airport  to Jinja. The staff from our project always accompanies the driver to Pick you up.

We are flexible on the time of picking you up, so as you look into choosing the time of your flight, feel free. We always adjust and pick you up anytime.

Accommodation

We are interested in helping our volunteers learn more about Uganda and the culture here so the accommodation provided is of a host family. And our organization pays the family for the time the volunteer stays there. Unless if the volunteer wants to stay in a hotel, then we can have a special arrangement.

The beauty of the volunteer having the accommodation with a family is that you get to learn more about the culture in Uganda, get friends, learn about the local behaviors and history, and always in a company of someone. The host family selected always meets standards of our organization and are always ready to host you.

The accommodation consists of one bed room and a bathroom. However, for volunteers visiting as a family or couple, we have a special arrangement for you as you get accommodated as a family in Guest house or hotel. But if you prefer to stay with a family host then we make arrangement that way.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Since our Volunteers are hosted with the family, they share a meal and drinks with the host family. In the host family, more of the Ugandan dishes are prepared. If the volunteer wants to eat special meals then we also arrange for that. However, once placed in a home, then the food and Drinks are all arranged through the family.

The food includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The meals include banana which is Uganda's staple food but here it is called Matooke, Beef, Beans, Posho, Greens, Potatoes, Chicken, Rice and Cassava. Breakfast consists of Milk, Bread, Egg, Fruit, Coffee, Rolex and Chapati. Most of these are local dishes, however special meals can always be arranged on request.

If you are a vegetarian, we value you taste. Special meals can be arranged to fit your preference and taste.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Entebbe. We assist you to find cheap flights to Uganda.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Uganda provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Uganda you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Uganda.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Our Volunteer program is very flexible, we receive volunteers throughout the year and we encourage volunteers interested in working with us to write to us any time. 

The program runs through out the year due to the diverse needs of the women and families. So you application is welcome at any time


Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
3 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$1,550
4 weeks
$1,650
5 weeks
$1,850
6 weeks
$2,000
7 weeks
$2,200
8 weeks
$2,800
12 weeks (max. stay)
$12,000
Average fees
$758 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. SustainME will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with SustainME during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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