In remote rural Uganda, 30 percent of deaths in children aged two to four are caused by malaria – just one disease among many that take a disproportionate toll because of a lack of access to basic treatment and preventative measures.
The Kibale Health and Conservation Centre is making a difference by providing basic health care, vaccinations, family planning, and HIV/AIDS detection, treatment and counselling. Supported by a mobile clinic, the service delivers care to thousands of people living in and around the 795 km² Kibale National Park.
Established in 2008 through the efforts of McGill ecologist Colin Chapman and supported by ongoing fundraising by the McGill community, the centre links health care with ecology, recognizing that the wellbeing of local people is crucial to long-term efforts to protect and preserve the extraordinary biodiversity of the tropical forests of Kibale.
The centre is a destination for McGill’s Canadian Field Studies in Africa (CFSIA) program, through which science and humanities students gain first-hand exposure to the goals, circumstances, challenges and opportunities of the people living in the area – invaluable experience for graduates seeking to make a meaningful contribution to sustainable development in Africa.
For more information, see the Kibale Health & Conservation Project website.