About my trip

16 11 2009

I will be spending three months in Kampala, Uganda working with a local NGO (non-governmental organization).  The NGO is called the Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA).  Their focus is on increasing funding of health care, advocating for human rights within healthcare and dispelling misperceptions about people with HIV/AIDS.  Most of the work I will be doing will be working with local health professionals. I will be helping AGHA establish a media monitoring system, increase the coverage of their issues/messaging and improve overall communications efforts. 
 
I found the NGO through  American Jewish World Service (AJWS) Volunteer Corps. AJWS is an international development organization, dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality.  AJWS gives financial grants as well as matches volunteers with local NGOs. 
 
Part of my interest in Africa has been a personal belief that it represents a modern day story of inequality – inequality in education, inequality in health care and inequality in attention from the global community.  I’m eager to have the opportunity to play even a tiny role in trying to change that story. 
 
If nothing else, I’m excited at the challenge of the whole experience.  I fully expect it to be difficult in many ways but then again, I’ve learned that oftentimes the greatest gains come from taking risks.

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