VSO volunteers will directly address malnutrition in children, preventable diseases such as HIV & AIDS and TB as well as treatment of chronic illnesses, poor service, access and care. Poverty is an obstacle to progress and VSO's volunteers address this at grassroots, institutional and governmental levels in the most impoverished regions of Uganda. This project will particularly help vulnerable groups such as children, women and the elderly through counselling, treatment and medical training.
One example is at Bwindi Community Health Centre where malaria and HIV & AIDS are prevalent. Volunteer Dr Paul Williams will help Bwindi's 250 surrounding villages build their own sustainable care, treatment and counselling facilities.
Because VSO's volunteers pass on skills that stay in the communities, hundreds of colleagues and students and thousands of patients benefit long-term. Vitally, local medical practitioners feel encouraged to remain in their countries.