“It always seems impossible until its done” Nelson Mandela
Growing up in a polygamous family in Uganda taught me the values of hardwork and selflessness. After secondary school, I earned admission to St.Catherine University in Minnesota , where through scholarships and work-study, I graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. During my internship in Tanzania, I experienced the tipping point to pursue my career in international development. I witnessed a woman holding her intenstines while waiting in line with hundreds of patients to access care; I saw an HIV positive woman who lost her baby in childbirth because the nurse had to attend to five others in child labor; Such scenarios are mundane in the lives of people in developing countries like mine especially in rural areas. I believe these distressing health conditions are unacceptable!
My strong desire to change these conditions that I have witnessed prompted me to return to Uganda as a Global Health Corps fellow with USAID/SDS Program where I worked with local governments to improve social service delivery. I am now prepared to take my next step with Mama Hope to create impact and transform lives. As a Global Advocate with Mama Hope, I have volunteered to embark on a major goal to build a health clinic in Budondo, a rural village in Eastern Uganda. The clinic will serve over 26,000 people!
In Budondo, the closest hospital is 24km (about 15 miles) away and the common means of transport for pregnant women are motorcycles or bicycles. Pregnant women give birth without professional services, and many opt to give birth at home risking their lives and those of their babies. With the completion of the Suubi health center, women regain their dignity and health.
Read more about Latifah Kiribedda in the Monitor, a national newspaper in Uganda, and here is her published thesis on helping without hurting the poor in developing countries.