“Community Health Our Priority”
Integrated Community Health Initiative Organization (ICHIO), a Non-Governmental Organization founded by students of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and registered by the National NGO board of Uganda in September 2015, joined the rest of the world to commemorate the first – ever World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Day.
To have a robust community healthsystem which is efficient, effective and sustainable with integrated approaches to meet the core health needs of the community.
An Empowered, Healthy and Productive Community
To provide essential public health intervention to congregate settings, landing sites and islands in Uganda through full community participation and inter-sectoral collaboration.
ICHIO Uganda worked alongside the AIC CLFs and other staff to implement the intervention through;forming clusters of 15 to 25 households, identification of volunteer cluster heads, close monitoring of cluster heads and the TB champions, health education of households to create awareness on TB/HIV and support of AIC outreaches. ICHIO volunteers also continuously mentored AIC CLFs/staff in field epidemiology during the project.
The “Students Voices on NTDs” event happened on 29th January 2020, in Davis Lecture Theatre at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Mulago. The event gathered students from Makerere University and paramedical schools in Mulago, who shared their views about the burden, prevention and control of NTDs with a focus on Schistosomiasis. This session was graced by the presence of the Assistant Commissioner in charge of NTDs at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Alfred Mubangizi, who gave an expert talk on NTDs, shared opportunities and encouraged students to engage in the eradication of NTDs in Uganda.
ICHIO Internship supports collaborative work around community health during the training, including attending workgroup meetings, taking minutes, coordinating follow-up action items, and conducting a literature review of evidence based programs.
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