Health Volunteers work with us at a medical facility on grassroots level, where the need is most urgent and the impact can be the greatest.
About the Program
The people in Uganda are confronted with many problems especially concerning their health.
Especially HIV/AIDS is a major public health issue affecting the people living in Uganda. The disease is transmitted mainly through sexual intercourse or sharing sharp instruments with infected people. Other methods of transmission include mother to child transmission and blood transfusion. In Uganda, interventions focusing on sexual behavioral change were initiated by the government to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country. These interventions have been based on the ABC (Abstinence Be faithful Condom use) model. There have been other HIV prevention interventions that is: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) treatment; Safe Blood transfusion; Public Awareness Campaigns; Women empowerment and Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) testing.
According to the Ministry of Health, the current prevalence rate of adults between the ages of 15-49 is 7.3%.There is evidence that reveals that the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS is higher in women at 8.3% than in men at 6.1%. However, it has been stipulated that the reason for this discrepancy is that more women are participating in Voluntary HIV testing than men.
Moreover, at regional level, it has been discovered that prevalence rates range from 4.1% to 10.6% in Mid-eastern region and Central region respectively. These statistics show a need for development of interventions that can be implemented in order to tackle this issue.
Eloi Ministries plans to come up with behavioral change and prevention based interventions which targeting regions that have been affected mostly by HIV/AIDS epidemic. This program entails activities that will be undertaken to tackle this public health issue.
Besides the HIV/AIDS issues, our volunteers work also in other health-related fields like medical outreach concerning hygiene, water sanitation and other killer diseases like TB, cancer, malaria etc.
We welcome volunteers working with us in the health sector and contribute to solve these problems.
Our Objectives Concerning HIV/AIDS
Prior to Arrival
The main airport in Uganda is Entebbe airport. It is about 45K from the ELOI Ministries headquarters in Kireka, Uganda (just outside of the capital city of Kampala). We will pick you directly from the airport and return you upon your departure. You may acquire a "tourist" visa at the airport upon arrival. The cost is $50.00 USD. You will need a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining time before expiring on it. You can carry your inoculation card that shows your vaccine records and have it available if asked.
Activities are likely to include some or all of the following:
There are various free time activities available:
We will pick you up at the airport and drop you off again for your departure.
Eloi Ministries has a good banglow building which has great accommodation facilities, strategically located with easy access to Kampala city centre which renders it secure and accessible. The house is self contained, with WiFi internet, small shared rooms of two to three occupants, cable TV, CCTV CAMERA surveillance, warm showers and electricity for lighting and ironing in a family setting among other amenities.
Vegetarian and non vegetarian foods available. Uganda is blessed with numerous fruit types which are also available.
A volunteer is entitled to four meals a day namely breakfast, lunch, evening tea, and dinner.
Two Bottles of mineral drinking water daily etc.