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Training Village Health Workers to ensure access to basic community health in rural Uganda

Training Village Health Workers to ensure access to basic community health in rural Uganda

VHWs are volunteers within their community around URF who act as an on-site basic health care provider, in a community that otherwise has no immediate access to health care. For three weeks in August of 2012, a group of nine students from the University of Minnesota Medical School volunteered their time at the Uganda Rural […]

Improving community health starts with kids: Medical students conduct health education in Uganda’s rural schools

Improving community health starts with kids: Medical students conduct health education in Uganda’s rural schools

“We covered hygiene, nutrition, and malaria, finishing with a game of mosquito net tag in which students had to run away from the Mzungu mosquitoes into the safety of mosquito nets. The students also enjoyed receiving crayons and hygiene related pictures to color,” says one of the medical students For three weeks in August of […]

University of Minnesota Medical Students reaching out to Ugandan villages through Medical Camps

University of Minnesota Medical Students reaching out to Ugandan villages through Medical Camps

“The main diseases we treated were malaria, peptic ulcer disease, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease, malnutrition, osteoarthritis, and back pain and body aches. For many that live in this rural region of Uganda, there is not ready access to healthcare, so they were happy to receive convenient treatment,” says one of the medical students. For three […]

Life at URF – The Soccer game: A Volunteer’s experience in Uganda

Life at URF – The Soccer game: A Volunteer’s experience in Uganda

Only a few short days after we arrived at URF, there was talk of a soccer game challenge between the URF staff and us (the University of Minnesota Medical students). There was a lot of trash talking between both team members in the days leading up to the game. A tremendous amount of anticipation had […]