I'm volunteering with a Ugandan NGO called the Kiyita Family Alliance for Development (KIFAD) for 3 months. KIFAD works to assist those in the the Wakiso community who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. I'm using skills I've taken from internships and my education in the UK to assist KIFAD with finding new sources of funding, organising large scale testing events and improving current systems that are in place which support the NGO's client base. I hope that my work will help to support KIFAD both during and after I have completed my placement.
Nihon Hospital Volunteer Association is a non-profit organization that contributes to social welfare in Japan through the support and promotion of hospital volunteers and hospital volunteering organizations which offer comfort to the people visiting hospitals. Nihon Hospital volunteer Association is a member of NNOPV (National Network Organizations Promoting Volunteerism in Japan).
Nihon Hospital Volunteer Association supports hospital volunteers and organizations by providing them with information, consultations, training courses and lectures, with 216 volunteer groups registered and approximately 13,000 hospital volunteers serving through those organizations in Japan.
“Hospital Volunteers” provide hospitals and patients with services to outpatients such as assistance to patients with wheel chairs and translation services. For inpatients, they assist with hospitalization procedures, providing pediatric ward with services such as playing with inpatient children and providing tutorials, assisting to serve meals to the patients, washing and cleaning, counseling, etc.
They also offer handy-crafting services such as weaving, repairing, making sanitary items, among others, and assisting to organize events at the hospital.
“ Scratch The Back “
One shivering late cold winter, a stranger curiously travelled to the highlands of TIBET --- her mission: to extend Help to Traditional doctors and nurses in the Land she calls since childhood – “ The Lost Horizon. “
Buddhist Monks bestowed the stranger [a Filipina Mission Doctor], with a modest accommodation, that she refers to as acceptable. It never occurred to her, that late winter would be as low as -15°C. Then came one late evening, one could sense the chilling whiff from the bare windows, three Tibetan men, panting to reach up the stairs of the clinic accommodation --- one said, a Primigravida woman on delayed labor needed HELP! The Rescue team, composed of Traditional doctors, nurses, Tibetan language translator and the stranger audaciously drove off to far-away Nomad’s home. On their way by road uphill, their tiny van, chased by huge, lustrous long-haired wild dogs – Rescue team kept their calm! Further uphill, a throng of beautiful, vivid multi-colored stallions captured their gazes. What a Beautiful site to see on a full moonlit winter night with those effervescent , twinkling stars on the sky, brightly lit an isolated Nomad’s home in a “tent”, surrounded by a number of big, dozy “Yaks” lying down on cold, glistening snow-white ground. The stranger rushed to the rescue and firmly said: Induce Labor now! It never bothered to them, that only a small burner lit the entire tent. About two past midnight, five hours later, with the stranger’s two strong hands, a huge Baby boy was pulled out. Baby boy came out “still”, with no cry nor motion --- the stranger yelled to everyone: Scratch the Back!!! All blank stares, their eyes gaping at her – No response. “Panicky” Tibetan language translator was nowhere to be found! In seconds, the stranger firmly grasped the baby on one gloved hand, then the other gloved hand scratched the Baby’s back --- cold, pale Baby boy broke out in a loud agitated cry and All smiles – EveryOne did!
Since then, with their first ever experience on Induce labor and delivery, all Traditional doctors and nurses kept in their minds the Stranger’s call – “ Scratch the Back. “ From Lucy de la Cruz.
We effectively collaborate across levels of state government, nonprofit agencies, community-based organizations, and a public academic medical center to increase health education and services for all people, especially individuals with disabilities and chronic illness. Thus far, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham (USA) has allocated facilities and personnel resources to host weekly physical medicine and pediatric clinics for individuals without other access to health care. This has provided a beneficial experience for university medical and public health students to learn through service!
This is Sri from India.'Health is one's real wealth'.
Recently my mom was discovered with the 'Killing' disease cancer and my whole family shattered. Recovering from such disease is really tough without proper awareness. As 'Prevention is better than cure' I wish to make all the people to create awareness about health.
Volunteering in an orphanage in Tansania.
Teaching about HIV and taking care of HIV positive toddlers.
I am studying engineering and water management.
I hope I can give my contribution to build a better world with better principles and priorities. Money is not the most important. Mankind walks confusing, but all together we can find a sustainable change. I like to provide training in environmental education and hope soon start a project in this matter.
At the university I want to make a thesis that will be useful to society.
I volunteered in the year 2010 at the kibera slums in Nairobi as one of the medical team sponsored by the Aga-Khan university hospital. our main objectives were to educate the community about health leaving and their contribution towards it. The kibera slums is highly populated and the community are low living earners. The people that we encountered had knowledge about the use of latrines but they are not accessible, they therefore use polythene bags and basins as the option. they dont see the need for hand hygiene since its a waste of water they buy through the hardly earned income hence frequent outbreak of diarrhoea diseases and other water borne diseases as well.We did free medical check up and treatment of minor ailments. most people were complaining of abdominal pains and skin infection was more to children below 10years. Few children were fully immunised but majority were not. We educated them about handwashing, antenatal mothers attending clinics always and going to hospital for delivery, the use of latrines, keeping their environment clean and others. we wrote a proposal letter to the minstry of heath to visit the area and build more toilets for the community. It was a nice experience.
In 2008 we are agroup of about 30 male&female studying a course about community developement. at the end of the programe we decide to do something to our community. we chose a village northen to khartoum in Sudan called"umnagazo" the people suffering some difficulties in their life, specially poor healthcare and bad habites spread amoung the people like cutting female some genital organs. with us doctors, labtech&other healthcare providers. we take many medicines&collect a lot of clothes frome our group&thier relitives different cize fore childern &adults. early morning our departure our jurney tooks less than two hours. when we arive there we meet the Omda"leader of the village" we exsplain to him the aim of our visit. they are very pleased, the people gazerd very soon of different ages. the doctors started checking those suffering some diseases&giving free medicens and transfering some of them to khartoum big hospitals fore more investigationes. some of our groupe started distributes the clothes to the childeren and the elder they are very happy. other groupe gives lectures about the disadvantages of the cutting the genital organes of the female childeren, most of them agree to our idea and promise not to do it in the future. other group lecture about humanrightes, the people rightse to have ahouse, clean water, and to go to school especially female childeren, and the rights to have afree healthe care. after sunset we start return back home. we are sure the change appear in the village and the people and in their life.
"People and community participation in the realization of Goals of Health system"
Health promotion requires the participation of the people. Participation in health promotion is a process in which community members to determine their needs of health. Development of Public participation in process of provides and promotion health is based on the evidence.
Now; the extent of community participation in government programs is one of the important indicators to evaluate the success and development in communities is considered; and governments who are trying to bring society to participate in the planning and implementation; and familiar with their programs and get help from people. Development of the health system is not separate from this issue. And without conscious and active participation of the people; we cannot, we have developed a community health among different people. The use of healthy volunteers in our country as the country is one of the indices of development; and using this approach we are also trying to achieve health system goals.
On the other hand, many programs and interventions requires a comprehensive program to promote public knowledge, change beliefs and attitudes, behavior development and promote ; Consequently, culture is a public building.
We all know today, the burden of disease from communicable diseases to non communicable diseases has changed. And to prevent and control of non communicable diseases, the most important way is to change people's lifestyle. In this context, better than anyone, volunteers' health could penetrate inside families and local; and Proliferation of culture of their health care and family and social and healthy behavior, comes to family. Health volunteer program should be looking at new approaches to training and on topics that affect people's lifestyle should be underlined.
We need; Patterns of how people toward healthy behavior change and People understand the concept of self-care. It is evident; this change in behavior is needed to improve knowledge and Promotion of awareness; Need "to communicate with community organizations and society" is. The spirit of the "community participation" based on active and responsible participation in community health programs are in different the layers of community.
Community participation in health programs is still a long way in; and the program design must specify a system as a global network in order to be a single goal. Healthy volunteers must be able to have in all areas; Such as voluntary health organizations, government agencies, NGOs, student, students, seniors, workers, donors, governmental organizations and associations...
The health volunteers, thereby achieving a more equitable opportunity for people to entrepreneurship provides health care services. With healthy volunteers will be transferred to the public health implications.
MY UNV Roster Number: 498591