GlobeMed at the University of California - Los Angeles partners with the Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative in Mukono, Uganda to empower the community to live healthy lives.
GlobeMed at UCLA + Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative
GlobeMed at the University of California – Los Angeles | Los Angeles, California
Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative | Mukono, Uganda
The Mpoma population still has an astonishing ratio of 15-20% HIV-positive. Female-headed households comprise 60-70% of homes as many husbands have either passed away or left their wives and children to care for themselves. The average life expectancy is just 45 years old.
“Mpoma has a long history working with volunteers from the United States and has seen the mutual benefit from those relationships. We consider the cultural exchange valuable for our staff, our sponsored students and our life-long partnership with the volunteers who become part of our Mpoma family.” – Alexis Barnes, Program Manager
About the Partnership
The Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative was founded in 1999 by a group of people infected and aﬀected by HIV/ AIDS. What began as a small group of sick caretakers concerned about their children’s futures has blossomed into a dynamic, motivated, healthier, and hopeful community of positive living. The main objective of Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative is to empower the Mpoma community members to improve their own well-being so that they can pursue the education and healthcare initiatives upon which Mpoma was founded. The principal activity undertaken thus far has been the creation of a community primary school – The Johnson Nkosi Memorial Primary School in 2002. GlobeMed at the UCLA looks forward to kicking off project design and fundraising with Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative when their partnership launches in Fall 2013.
GlobeMed at UCLA and Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative will jointly design a project, mobilize funds, and begin implementation in the 2013-2014 academic year.
GlobeMed at UCLA and Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative’s impact will be assessed once a project is identified and implemented in the 2013-2014 academic year.