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Global Health Network-Uganda


Location: Lira, Uganda


Mission: We aim at promoting, protecting and preserving the health of all Ugandans through leadership, partnership, innovation and concerted action in Primary Health Care.

Year Founded: 2008

Preferred method of contact: Email and Skype or phone calls with Skype credit

Project Information:

  • Number of groups: Can accommodate up to 32 interns in one summer
  • Accommodations: Students have stayed in both a local guesthouse and with host families. Generally, students start out living in the guesthouse, eating western food, and transition to homestays in later weeks of the project, in a more “Ugandan” living situation. Students enjoyed the host family experience as it allowed them to get to know the community and their culture more during their time in Uganda.
    • **Be sure to discuss the specifics of costs for these accommodations with the partner to ensure adequate compensation for expenses.
  • Reported costs to interns:
    • Program in-country costs (reported by partner):
      • Accommodation:
        • For 8 students: $1,108/student
        • For 10 students: $886/student
    • Average Total costs (reported by interns – includes airfare, accommodation, food, vaccinations, misc.):
      • Syracuse University – $2,700
      • San Diego State University and Wake Forest University – $3,500
    • Range of reported total intern costs:
      • Syracuse University – $2,000-$3,500
      • San Diego State University and Wake Forest University – $1,700-$5,000

Partnership History:

  • Summer 2016
    • Chapter: Syracuse University
      • Project: Syracuse focused on establishing a functional workspace for the women’s group that will produce the reusable pads to sell to primary schools at a more affordable price than the current market price.
      • Investment: $7,000
      • Project team: 7 interns
    •  Chapters: San Diego State University, Wake Forest University
      • Project: WFU and SDSU helped to provide educational experiences and sustainable management of water and sanitation resources for the community. Organized health-related activities – visits to health centers, connecting people to health professionals, creating school health days, starting health-oriented competitions, providing support for those living with long term illnesses in the community, first aid information and resources available as well as the development of a school health library.
      • Investment:  $5,000
      • Project team: 7
      • Project blogs
  • Summer 2015
    • Chapter(s): Syracuse
    • Project: Working with community members to build 3 piggeries, working with women to make their own sanitary pads to sell them to local women’s groups and schools, and providing holistic health education curriculum and training to elementary schools
    • Investment: $7,000
    • Project team: 8 interns
  • Summer 2014
    • Chapter(s): Syracuse
    • Project: Sexual and reproductive health education, sanitation and hygiene education, financial literacy training for local women’s groups, building 3 pit latrines for vulnerable families with a disabled family member
    • Investment: $4,000
    • Project team: 14 interns
  • Summer 2012
    • Chapter(s): OSU
    • Project: Health education outreach and latrine building project
    • Investment: $4,700
    • Project team: 7 interns


Syracuse- Jared Birchmore

Syracuse 2016

Syracuse 2016

Syracuse 2015

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