Previous Teams

Team Gulu 2016

 

During in July 2016, Team Gulu 2016 travelled over to Gulu to take part in the first phase of NUV-HOP 2016. Over the month, the team participated in six outreaches at health centres in rural Northern Uganda with around 2000 patients being seen by a doctor during in the first phase. NUV-HOP reached even more people through its health education in school visits and home visits to the areas surrounding the health centres.

The teams from Manchester and Belgium’s main jobs were to provide man-power in areas such as registration, dispensing and in laboratory (where people were tested for malaria and hepatitis B). The other main role was to help provide health education alongside the Ugandan medical students and Village Health Teams. The students also observed and assisted healthcare staff as they performed the other services.

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As part of NUV-HOP the students also shadowed in the local hospital (Gulu Regional Referral Hospital) on the days between the scheduled outreach days. They spent days shadowing in the mental health unit, paediatrics ward, general medical ward, general surgical ward, HIV/AIDS clinic, antenatal clinic, physiotherapy and ear, nose and throat clinic.

 

The final two weeks of the project included spending some time with local charities and organisations. The team spent a day with the charity War Child visiting refugee settlements coping with the influx of South Sudanese refugees and learning about their structure and organisation. We also spent time with Jolly Okot Andruvile, one of the founders of Invisible Children Uganda, learning about the history of Northern Uganda and its civil war and the work that Invisible Children did, and the work that Wend Africa continues to do. We also spent time learning about Nodding Syndrome – a poorly understood neurological syndrome that is affecting a significant amount of children and young people in Northern Uganda. We visited a centre set up by Hope For Humans that works to treat and rehabilitate children with Nodding Syndrome.

Some of the students visited Save The Children’s local office and spoke to other charities about their current work in Gulu. Other students visited GWED-G (Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalisation) a charity that deals with female empowerment and helps support victims of gender based violence. One student spent the day with a mental health NGO on an outreach and observed how they deal with people with PTSD after being coerced to commit violence during the civil war. Some students also assisted a charity in trying to raise money to fund a micro finance project by helping them film videos and set up a crowdfunder.

The Manchester team were an asset to the development of the project along with the 2016 Belgian and Ugandan teams. All three teams worked incredibly hard together to deliver the best services possible. This international collaboration is central to the success of the project and will serve all of the students well in future work, as will the rich learning experience they gained by being involved in NUV-HOP 2016.

 

Please click here to view the official NUV-HOP report 2016.

 

Team Gulu 2017

In July and August 2017, Team Gulu 2017 returned to Gulu to continue it’s partnership in NUV-HOP. Over the month Team Gulu 2017 was in Gulu they participated in 8 outreaches over both the first and second phase of NUV-HOP, and it is estimated that in these 8 outreaches 4000 people attended and accessed the project’s free healthcare services.

 

As well as all the same roles and activities which Manchester students assisted in during 2016, a vital signs station was added to the outreach. We took patient’s temperatures and triaged those with high and low temperatures, escorting urgent patients through the stations so they were able to see doctors, be tested and receive their medications as quickly as possible. We also weighed each patient so doctors were able to prescribe the appropriate medication more accurately  can  to see doctors  

 

Below is an overview of a typical outreach:

 

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The fundamental ethos of NUV-HOP is a commitment to develop sustainable ideas with an aim to implement them in future years to increase the long term impact of the project This year a pilot project was launched to follow up patients’ Hepatitis B vaccination schedules to ensure they were fully immunised. During the outreaches, Hepatitis B tests and vaccinations are available, but due to NUV-HOP time constraints it was not possible in previous years to ensure delivered of subsequent doses (The Hepatitis B vaccination is delivered in 3 doses at 1, 3 and 6 months). Therefore a follow-up initiative was created and funded by the students whilst in Uganda, and is currently being delivered by local healthcare staff in 3 pilot health clinics. Current reports show that it is progressing well and patients are returning to receive their subsequent doses.

 

During the month students spent time in the local hospital again which gave them a chance to observe and experience a different health system whilst learning more about health conditions and diseases not seen in the UK. Alongside this the students also visited charities and organisations, such as WEND and Hope for Humans, where links were established in the previous year.

 

The international students are also allocated to host families for their stay in Gulu, allowing them to learn about and understand the local culture and way of life. All the students loved this aspect and felt that they had established a real and emotional connection with Gulu and Northern Uganda. One of the host mothers organised an Acholi evening of dancing and food so we could learn about their local culture and gave us another opportunity to understand the history of the people – we believe that to help you have to understand the community and their beliefs and socio-cultural values.

 

Students’ participation in the student-led and funded NUV-HOP empowers them to make positive impacts on underprivileged communities. The project promotes international collaboration  the students from three different countries to work together towards their unified goal.

 

Please click here to view the official NUV-HOP report 2017