FUMSA in partnership with Belgium Medical Students` Association (BeMSA) and International Federation of Medical Students` Associations- Netherlands (IFMSA-NL) is organizing a Village-based health outreach project that will focus on operating medical clinic outreaches to the rural poor in Northern Uganda. NUV-HOP Project is a multidisciplinary project run by students of different disciplines and different nationalities in close cooperation with local communities in Northern Uganda. Its main goal is to improve the living conditions in underprivileged communities through increased self-reliance and responsibility, as well as establishment of sustainable development initiatives and resource management. The project which is expected to commence in the academic year 2012/13, will run throughout every academic year. The project shall be implemented in two phases: Phase I will involve a training workshop to equip Medical Students with the project knowledge and skills required to reach the rural communities and to teach the international students on the culture and norms of the region. Phase II will then follow immediately with an outreach to selected rural communities in Northern Uganda by the medical students to disseminate the information got from the training workshop to run the different subprojects in the rural communities. The sub-projects will include; sexual and reproductive health services students, HIV/AIDS, Malnutrition, Respiratory tract infections, Malaria and Nodding syndrome. The Medical students will be continuously monitored and supervised by the Project doctors and management of the member National Medical Students` Association (NMSAs) who will offer them on-going training in addition to the workshop. Phase I is expected to cost about 10.390.000 million Ugandan shillings, and phase II is expected to cost about 43.290.000 million Ugandan shillings. The total cost of the project is therefore approximately 53. 680.000 million Ugandan shillings.
Background and Justification
At a meeting hosted by Gulu University Medical Students` Association (GUMSA) on the 30/07/2012 at Bomah Hotel, Gulu, Uganda between leaders of FUMSA and BeMSA, with inputs from medical students from IFMSA Netherlands; it was agreed to set up a project herein referred to as Northern Uganda Village Health Outreach Project (NUV-HOP). This project will operate Medical clinic outreaches to the rural poor in Northern Uganda. NUVHOP plans to run three major sub projects; Free Clinics for the selected communities (medical camp), Students for Students (S4S) Sub project and House-to-house Visits and Education. These projects have the ultimate goal to improve the living conditions in underprivileged communities of the post conflict Northern Uganda through increased self-reliance and responsibility, as well as establishment of sustainable development initiatives and affordable healthcare provision.
NUV-HOP was however put on hold by the April 2014 General Assembly held in Makerere University Medical School as the project needed a bit of in depth review by the Ugandan Medical Students.
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