The health project contributes to the Uganda Government Ministry of Health plan to address some of the most pressing needs in Uganda. Community Health Educators will be expected to contribute to Peace Corps Uganda Health goal of “Ending preventable child deaths and achieving a resilient and healthy generation of youth by 2030”. Volunteers will be the pioneer implementers of the new revised health project framework that aims at re-aligning Volunteers’ work with country specific needs. They will work with local health facilities and community based organizations to address four main objectives:
1. End preventable childhood (age 0-5) deaths and keep them healthy.
2. Increase the resilience of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS improve their well-being including OVC (age 0-18) and their families.
3. Increase the knowledge and skills of vulnerable youth (age 12-19) to remain HIV-free.
4. Improve community health service providers’ and/or school staff’s skills to address health needs of children and youth.
Volunteers collaborate with community members and their host organizations to identify community needs and implement appropriate interventions. As such, Volunteers will play the role of catalyst for a wide range of activities, not only limited by the creativity of the community and the Volunteers, but also guided by the project framework.
Volunteer activities include, but are not limited to:
• Formation and facilitation of youths’ sexual reproductive health and other related health interventions at clubs/small groups and or camps including menstrual hygiene management, comprehensive HIV prevention education (As a must), referral to HIV testing services and community linkages.
• Sports for health training targeting in and out of school youth in partnership with Grassroots Soccer.
• Co-facilitate groups for OVC and their families, including sessions and activities on the following core areas: Nutrition education, psychosocial support, economic strengthening, life skills, HIV positive living, referral and linkages to health or social services (Required).
• Formation and facilitation of a series of Care Groups interventions with leader mothers/ fathers to promote essential maternal and child health practices including: child immunization, nutrition, malaria prevention, breast feeding and hand washing.
• Conduct trainings to improve skills of community health service providers and/or school staff to improve on essential health care to the targeted populations.
• Coach and or mentor community health service providers and/or school staff to improve their skills in essential elements of youth friendly and gender equitable health services.
• Community mobilization and sensitization for uptake of health services in early health seeking behaviors.
• Community-level health education and presentations for social and behavior change.
Peace Corps Uganda promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. For all the technical activities, Volunteers design interventions with a “gender lens. Volunteers receive training on gender challenges and have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. As part of their work, Volunteers will also report on these efforts and their impact. Volunteers invited to this project are expected to work as professionals and will be periodically evaluated as such.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check