Federation of Ugandan Medical Students’ Associations (FUMSA) in partnership with Belgium Medical Students` Association (BeMSA) is organizing a village-based health outreach project, hosted by Gulu University Medical Students’ Association (GUMSA) that will focus on operating medical clinic outreaches to the rural poor areas in Northern Uganda. NUV-HOP is a project run by students of different nationalities in close cooperation with local communities in Northern Uganda. The goal of NUV HOP is to establishing a sustainable, affordable healthcare provision for rural poor living in the post conflict Northern Uganda through a multicultural collaboration between Medical students.
NUV HOP will run for five years (2013 -2018)..
A delegation of 30 international medical students come to Uganda to participate in NUV HOP and they will work together with 80 Ugandan medical students of the Gulu University. The international students live in selected host families during their stay. We have 10 host families that host the international students
NUV HOP has (each month) three main stages.
Stage 1 is a training of medical student volunteers. The training workshop is always organised by the Project doctors and management of the member National Medical Students` Association for every group of medical students to prepare students for outreaches.
Stage 2 involves medical outreaches to rural communities of Northern Uganda in selected villages. Each outreach will be conducted by a team of international students, Ugandan students together with 3 supervisors and people from the collaborations and partnerships who are engaged for that specific outreach. During an outreach there will be three main actions: Students for students, free medical camps and home visits.
Services offered during this stage include Outpatient consultations, cervical cancer screening, circumcision, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS testing and counselling Health Education in homes and Schools near the outreach sites.
Stage 3 is a clinical placement of the international students at the regional Hospital of Gulu (Gulu Regional Referral Hospital).
There will also be Community placement for 20 Ugandan Students to the Health centres and hospitals of Northern Uganda in the Months of June and July.
This project aims to improve the medical conditions and to take preventive measurements to keep a good medical condition of the people in underprivileged communities in Northern Uganda as well as empowering and supporting the self-reliance and responsibility of the people in the underprivileged communities in Northern Uganda. NUV HOP will try to empower and support a sustainable and affordable healthcare provision. Besides those health care related aims, NUV HOP also has multicultural collaboration oriented aims and objectives.
During Project Planning, We have been able to secure the following Partners to work with
- Reproductive Health Uganda: They do cervical cancer screening and offer Family planning methods
- T.A.S.O : Have supported us in the area of circumcision
- Youth Alive : Have given us Counsellors to help us with counselling
- Straight talk foundation : Have partnered with us on mobilization and health Education
- Amref :Will support us in mobilization
- Comboni Samaritans :Have supported us with HIV/AIDs testing kits and counsellors
- Gulu University students Guild
NUV-HOP is a project already achieving many of its objectives, bringing services near to the people of northern Uganda and above all, bringing hope to the underprivileged areas.
Head of NUV-HOP 2014 taskforce