Eleven Volunteer Service Awards were granted this spring; these awardees will be spending between 8 weeks to more than a year volunteering. This and following blogs profile these individuals.
Ifeoma Ifediba, a member of the GlobeMed chapter at Washington University in St. Louis, will be volunteering in Uganda from May to July 2017. This GlobeMed chapter has partnered with Uganda Development and Health Associates (UDHA), a public health non-profit based in Iganga, Uganda. The chapter works with UDHA to fund and manage two projects, a Youth Resource Center that focuses on sexual and reproductive health education, as well as a clinic and nutrition project focusing on maternal and child health in the nearby village of Naigobya. During a nine-week internship, Ifeoma and others on the GlobeMed team will monitor and evaluate the potential capacity of their projects on the ground. They will be designing and carrying out surveys to determine the efficacy of their programs and to establish a baseline for the future. This information will inform their partnership in making strategic decisions for the future of the partnership.