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US Ambassador commissions 46 health, agribusiness volunteers  

By Andante Okanya

Added 11th August 2019 06:34 PM

The group comprises 21 health and 25 agribusiness volunteers. This makes it 146 PCVs currently serving in Uganda.

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The Peace Corps Volunteers pose for a picture with the US Ambassador Deborah Malac and other officials. Photo/Courtesy

The group comprises 21 health and 25 agribusiness volunteers. This makes it 146 PCVs currently serving in Uganda.

 

HEALTH      AGRICULTURE

KAMPALA - The US Ambassador Deborah Malac, has commissioned 46 United States Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) to serve as health and agribusiness volunteers.

 

According to a press statement from the embassy, the swearing-in ceremony was conducted at the Ambassador’s residence in Kampala.

 

The group comprises 21 health and 25 agribusiness volunteers. This makes it 146 PCVs currently serving in Uganda.  

 

In the health sector, volunteers will be placed at rural health centers and will train and empower village health teams and community health promoters.  

 

They will promote access to healthcare services with a focus on HIV, malaria, hygiene, and nutrition.  Community agribusiness volunteers will contribute to the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative and will focus on farm-to-market value chain development, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and improved child nutrition.   

 

Malac observed that the event “marked another milestone in the growing partnership between the people of the United States and Uganda.”

 

The swearing-in ceremony represented the culmination of 10 weeks of training for the 46 volunteers. 

 

Peace Corps fact file

Peace Corps is a service opportunity for Americans to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side-by-side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.  

 

The first group of volunteers arrived in Uganda in 1964, and to date, 1,700 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Uganda.  

 

The press statement emphasises that Peace Corps Uganda’s commitment goals are to help the people of Uganda in meeting their need for trained men and women.

 

It is also dedicated to helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the Ugandans served.

 

The grouping assists to help promote a better understanding of Ugandans on the part of Americans.

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