The International Society for Student Unity and Empowerment
With a focus on Student Led Community Development within Uganda
The ISSUE Foundation is a Not for Profit organisation which strives to help students to positively influence the world around them through volunteering and through design and completion of evidence-based community development projects mainly in the area of human health.
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Founded in 2010 by a group of medical students at The University of Tasmania, ISSUE remains a completely student led initiative and is in it's tenth year of continuous activity as of 2019. All of ISSUE's international work has been completed in Uganda. In addition to volunteering in the projects the students raise all the funds required thorough-out each academic year and self-fund all their own travel expenses.
Donating to ISSUE means 100% of your charitable funds go to projects happening on the ground in Uganda, with upmost effort spent gaining value for money within the local community. ISSUE has no overheads!
Summary of Ugandan projects our volunteers have completed:
* Distributed over 4700 long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets -providing 5 years of protection against malaria for up to 5 people per net. To buy the same nets in Australia would cost up to AUD$170,000. We have huge buying power in Uganda, and buying our nets there also assists the local economy. Long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets are the gold-standard measure to avoid malaria according to the medical literature (see below for latest malaria articles).
* Provided education for disease prevention to underprivileged population - all our programs feature educational aspects. We never supply goods (such as mosquito nets) without population appropriate education in the local language.
* Screened over ~2500 people for HIV and as a result of this screening detected previously undiagnosed individuals that are now being treated through Ugandan based charitable and government schemes
* Donated 2 microscopes to enable more efficient testing of infectious diseases in rural clinics
*Donated a Ugandan designed and built dental chair and dental equipment to a remote clinic
* Improved access to medications for the sick and elderly through our ongoing support of the Support The Elderly Person (STEP) program in Masaka District of Uganda
* Provided musical instruments and dance clothing to a Masaka based street kids skills program with a very talented dance troupe and band consisting of street kids.
* Ongoing construction of a building which will be used for teaching, cooking and storage
*Distributed about 100 'Days for Girls' menstrual hygiene kit to girls aged 10-25 in Ndagwe and Nnyendo
*Provided donation and laptop to fund ongoing piggery and chicken project at the Nazareth Children's Home.
* Educated and distributed menstrual hygiene kits to 8 girls at the Nazareth Children's Home.
* Have supported 2 piggery projects with collaboration with Uganda Marathon to help out with Support the Eldery Project
Where do we do our work?
Masaka! Masaka is a very leafy region of Uganda near the western shores of Lake Victoria Use the map zoom in/out function to orientate yourself within Africa and the local region.
We need your help...
You can assist by donating to enable these projects to continue
"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito" - Dalai Lama
The Mercury reported on our last fundraising dinner held in early July 2014. View the article HERE.
'University of Tasmania students answer a call for help with trip to help Uganda’s poor'