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Some UECD students visit Spedag, a Swiss logistics company working in Uganda.

UECD Switzerland Newsletter


Summer 2018

Dear members, students, supporters, and friends,

It's been a while, and we are happy to share some insights into what has happened in the past months in the small UECD world. 
In this UECD newsletter, you’ll learn about the the latest news from the board in Switzerland. We’ve also put together a short list of links that might be of interest to those who would like to learn more about Uganda and current events there. As always, the newsletter is completed by an interview with one of our students: Andrew Kizito.

Enjoy reading!

The UECD Board, Switzerland


UECD News

The latest from the board in Switzerland 


We are growing, yet there are challenges ahead
Four new students joined UECD last year, and as our network in Uganda has been growing steadily, we are also facing some challenges. As we have not been able to acquire new sponsors this year so far, no new students will join the organization until 2019. However, we are optimistic that in due time, we'll be able to convince new sponsors to support young Ugandans by investing in their education - and thus in their future.     
 
Workshops with Innovage
In the past couple of months, we have had the privilege of working with Innovage, a Swiss consultancy. In a series of workshops, two experienced consultants helped the Board members tackle the most pressing challenges for UECD: funding and human resources. With their support, the Board has been able to define priorities, to identify potential solutions and to develop effective strategies that will improve our work.

UECD on the screen
Our NGO is part of a film project by Roman Vital, a filmmaker from Zurich. In his documentary, he's covering the work of a number of people and organizations that try to change things for the better. Roman has already started his film project, and we are happy to be part of it. 

Eva's trip to Uganda
As this newsletter reaches your mailbox, our President Eva Winizki just returned from Uganda. Apart from attending the wedding of Fiona, a former UECD student, she also organized a workshop with all UECD students in Kampala as well as a visit to the local office of Spedag, a Swiss logistics company working in Uganda. She wrote a short report on her trip - you'll soon find it in your mailbox.  

We are now on social media
UECD is now on Facebook and LinkedIn. Follow us to get the latest news about the organization and to keep track of our students' lives in Uganda: 
Facebook / LinkedIn

News from Uganda

Headlines and Stories  


Taxing the use of social media
Uganda is one of the only countries in the world that is taxing the use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks. The policy is highly controversial - and it is now being reviewed. Article on BBC
 
HIV and Gender
In Uganda, HIV prevalence is four times higher among young women than young men. What's the reason for this striking difference? African Arguments reports

Creativity for growth
One farmer in Uganda isn't too worried about the lack of rainfall. That's because he's invented a clever drip irrigation system by recycling plastic bottles. Watch the short film on Deutsche Welle

"Brain drain is a great challenge in our country"

 

Insights from our student Andrew Kizito (24). He studies Medicine at the Kampala International University.

"Studying medicine was my dream right from childhood. Even from my lower levels of education I believed I had the potential to do it because I was so good at sciences.

My first year at university has not been a disgrace. I met what I had expected, and it gives me even more hope to achieve all my goals.

After my studies – in 2023 – I look onto searching for a government job so that I serve my nation, be it in an urban or a rural area. Even during my studies I volunteer with some NGOs that provide free health services to Ugandans. As a doctor I want to intensify control measures to prevent infections from spreading. I also hope to find means to help the poor access health services in the state's hospitals, and I would like to get involved in cancer research.

In Uganda, among the most pressing challenges in the health sector is the high rate of infant mortality (mainly due to dehydration and malaria). AIDS is a problem as well, and cancer too kills Ugandans just because our state has not put in place appropriate measures to screen, prevent, and manage upcoming cases.

Brain drain is a great challenge in our country, in the medical sector as well as elsewhere. I think the state has to improve the working conditions of all medical workers in the country. Studying medicine is expensive, and many graduates seek for greener pastures after their studies – not least because they need to refund their expenses."  
 

For suggestions or comments, please contact fabian.urech@gmail.com.
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