2017 Intern Cohort

Intern AnQuavis Simpson is from Lanett, Alabama. Simpson, as he likes to be called, is a junior at Samford University, majoring in Public Health. He recently returned from a mission trip in Costa Rica where he worked with families in the La Carpio area. He believes his true passion lies in educating communities on how to live more effectively, but safely. He also is very intrigued by the law-making aspect in public health as well. When he is not studying, he can be found at the university’s post office where he works as an assistant. He feels that this opportunity to work in a Busoga Village in Iganga District is truly a blessing.  To be able to help and see an immediate impact on the lives of the community is something he has always aspired to do. He believes that no matter the location there is always a voice to be heard and a decision to be made.
Intern Arinaitwe Emmanuel is from Ntungamo District in Western Uganda. He is a student at Kampala University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Demography and Reproductive Health, Year III, which is his last year of study. He is experienced about reproductive health education and peer education. He did his first internship in 2016 with Reproductive Health Uganda – Main Branch, and served as a peer educator at Kyambogo University (2016-17). At Reproductive Health Uganda, he was engaged in community service provision, sensitization, and education. With UVP, Emmanuel is excited for working and educating village members about reproductive health. He is also expecting to make more friends and is excited to interact with international students.
Intern Bamwoze Christine is from Iganga District in Uganda. She studies at Kyombogo University, which is found in Kampala district, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Year II. What she is most excited for with UVP is that it caters to the lives of the marginalized people in rural areas, especially her home district of Iganga. In addition to that, UVP promotes international relationship building, through intercultural work by connections with the international interns.
Intern Basalirwa Alex (Julius) comes from Iganga district in the Eastern part of Uganda, specifically Nambale sub-county in Kamira Village. He is pursuing a diploma in Social Work and Social Administration at Kampala University. He has experience in how to work and communicate with community members in accordance to my working experience during his internship, which he conducted from Iganga Makawule hospital as the head of interns. He wishes to conduct this internship with UVP due to its good work, enabling people to live a successful life; Alex hopes to continue with that spirit, since he is a social worker who aims at helping people to help themselves.
Intern Cally Braun will be a senior this fall (2017) at Dartmouth College, where she is majoring in Anthropology modified with Global Health and minoring in Ethics in Biomedicine. After Dartmouth, she hopes to pursue a combined MD/MPH degree with a focus on international health. She has previously volunteered with Planned Parenthood, in the Emergency Department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. However, she eventually hopes to learn more about how to improve maternal health and family planning in rural communities. She has never been to Uganda before and is very much looking forward to working with and getting to know the villagers and other interns in Bulondo this summer!
Intern Catherine Emanuel is from Denver, Colorado. She is enrolled at the University of Colorado, and is working on her Master’s in Public Health, with a concentration in global maternal and child health. After graduation, Catherine wants to continue in global health by working on programs designed to address maternal morbidity and mortality by supporting and educating local health workers. She has traveled through Kenya, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua and most recently spent time in Haiti working in a school clinic. She is excited to return to Africa and experience all Uganda and her teammates will teach her!
Intern Christie Tzelios is from Westchester, New York. She is a rising senior at Harvard University, where she studies integrative biology with a minor in global health and health policy. Christie is very interested in the intersection of human health and environmental conservation, and she recently spent some time working on a marine conservation project in Belize. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, teaching swim classes, and volunteering at a local hospital. This summer, Christie is excited to learn about Uganda’s medical system and how international organizations, like UVP, can effectively collaborate with communities to improve health conditions in rural areas.
Intern Emily Harris is from Seattle, Washington and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of Arizona. She is extremely passionate about global health and has volunteered on medical brigades in Ghana, Peru, and Honduras, and has also spent two months teaching HIV/AIDS education in India. She plans on applying for the Peace Corps after graduation to gain even more experience in the public health field, and has also taken her nursing prerequisites to attend nursing school after the Peace Corps. Emily is incredibly excited to be a team leader this summer and is looking forward to learning more about public health implementation at a grassroots level, as well as getting to know the other interns and experiencing Ugandan culture.
Intern Emily Liebo grew up in San Luis Obispo, California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. At UCSB, she worked as a research assistant focusing on that aromatic volatile production of wine fermentation. She co-founded Free Yourself, a non-profit dedicated to educating high school and college students about sexual assault and domestic violence and worked at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Department as a medical scribe. After volunteering for a month in the Peruvian Andes, she witnessed how healthcare is distributed in a vulnerable population with logistical limitations. She became motivated to further explore the interplay between society, culture, and medicine and is now a graduate student at Boston University School of Public Health. In addition to a Master’s of Public Health degree, she is obtaining certifications in Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She aspires to work on a team who focuses on international public health initiatives to reduce the inequities of infectious disease burden in vulnerable communities.
Intern Jasmine Zhang is from Manhattan, New York, but she spent five years as a child in a mountain village in Fuzhou, China. She is a sophomore at New York University, majoring in Global Public Health with a concentration in science. After graduating, she plans to pursue both medicine and global public health. Jasmine spent her freshman year in Florence, Italy and extensively traveled around Europe and Asia; however, this is her first time in Africa. She is extremely excited to work with the other members of her team this summer to support and provide public health improvements in the village(s). She cannot wait to immerse herself and interact with the Ugandan communities, their culture, and their language!
Intern Jeanne Goodman grew up in Switzerland but did her undergraduate studies in the United States. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in African Studies and International Studies with a focus on Global Health and Environment. Over the years, she has done research and volunteer work in Tanzania, Ghana and India focusing mainly on women’s health as well as water and sanitation. In the future, she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Public Health to further her knowledge in the field. Jeanne spends her free time traveling, hiking, swimming and hanging out with kids. She is very excited to join UVP this summer and work with a diverse group of people as well as learn about Ugandan culture and the health challenges faced by communities in the Iganga district.
Intern Jenny Schadt is a recent graduate from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical biology and a minor certificate in global healthcare ethics. As a fellow in the Institute of Clinical Bioethics at SJU she led a program that provided prenatal care to expecting mothers, and researched pediatric brain cancer tissue donation. She also worked as a nurse manager at a wilderness camp for two summers, and has taught health education at a high school in Philadelphia. She is passionate about public health, traveling, and cats, and is excited to have the opportunity to combine two of those three passions through working with the UVP.
Intern Jessica Taets is going to be a junior at Syracuse University in the fall, majoring in biochemistry and minoring in psychology.  During her time at school, she worked as a volunteer research assistant at SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital, conducting clinical research studies in the emergency department.  She is very involved with her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, having served on executive council this past semester, as well as being an active member of Phi Delta Epsilon international medical fraternity.  After completing her undergraduate years, she wants to take a gap year to volunteer abroad for a more extended time period and then apply to medical school to pursue her MD.  She has been lucky enough to have volunteered locally in her home state of CT, as well as volunteering abroad in Guyana, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.  She cannot wait to experience everything that Uganda has to offer and is hoping to gain a new perspective of healthcare on a global level.  She is also looking forward to disconnecting from social media and electronics for the upcoming months.
Intern JingKai Ong is a rising senior at UC Berkeley studying Economics. He is from Malaysia and has lived there for 20 years before attending college in the US. He aspires to pursue a Master in economic development, and eventually work in international development. He enjoys playing football, badminton, hiking and traveling. He is very excited to be interning with UVP this summer at Irenzi.
Intern Josev Aquino is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is a Junior at Georgetown University studying International Relations with a concentration in Science, Technology and International Affairs. He is passionate about issues surrounding social justice, peace, and equality. After college, Josev hopes to enlist in the Army, believing that it is through the military where he can serve best. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books, playing chess, and eating. This summer, Josev is most excited about building relationships with fellow interns and local partners, together working to build a healthy and vibrant community in Kamira.
Intern Kaweesa Augustine is from Bweyogerere, Kazinga Zone, Wakiso District, Uganda. He is a student at Kyambogo University, pursuing a bachelor’s in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, currently in his final year. Augustine previously worked with Luweero Kavana Health Center IV, as a clinical dietician. He has also worked with Save For Health Uganda – Luweero Branch, as a community health promoter. With UVP, he is most excited for promoting and extending health in the Healthy Villages, in terms of sanitation, hygiene, nutrition and general health advocacy. Also, formulation and implementation of new health projects within UVP.
Intern Keiko Turecamo is from New York, NY and is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Political Science with minors in Economic Policy and Film. She previously interned at the United Nations researching international healthcare and is excited to work with UVP this summer. She hopes to learn from her experiences working with the local community in Iganga as she pursues a career in public health.
Intern Langa Bakhuluma-Ncube is from Harare, Zimbabwe but has lived in Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and now recently Uganda. She is a rising senior at Skidmore College majoring in Public Health with a minor in Economics, and outside of class is a peer health educator on campus.  She hopes to pursue a MPH and eventually a career in global health. She is very interested in understanding the relationship between poverty and disease and how this double burden is perceived and addressed within different cultural and social contexts. She has experience working in an HIV/AIDS clinic in Harare, and in health promotion and education in Swaziland. She looks forward to learning more about public health interventions and applications in a rural setting. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about grassroots community health care and she is excited to share this experience with the other UVP interns and community members.
Intern Nagawa Doreen Mary is from Mukono, but currently lives in Kampala. She is currently a student at International Health Sciences University (IHSU), studying Public Health. Doreen has various work experiences: she was an intern at Nsambya Hospital in the home care department; she was also an intern at Nakaseero blood transfusion services; finally, she worked as an enrollment officer for ID Project in Namayingo District. What excites her most about her internships is that she has been able to meet a diversity of people with different cultures. This has made her learn how to associate with people of different backgrounds, and she also loved the adventure of touring different places.
Intern Nampiima Maria Gorret is a resident of Makindye, Kampala and has just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration. As a return intern, she is very excited to acquire more knowledge in public health, and to positively impact lives of people living in rural areas, and enhance their social functioning.
Intern Nancy Fitzgerald is from Dallas, Texas and is currently a junior at Texas A&M. She is majoring in Biomedical Sciences and hopes to attend medical school once she graduates. At A&M, she enjoys participating in the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, intramural sports, and being outdoors. Nancy is excited to meet people of the Iganga district and learn more about the health problems that they face.
Intern Sabrina Warwar has a Bachelor’s of Science in Immunology and Cell Pathology and is currently completing a Masters of International Public Health at the University of Sydney. Last year she completed an overseas exchange at the University of Cambridge in the UK as part of her Science degree and is currently exploring a career in Public Health. Since high school she has been a volunteer lifesaver at Newport Beach in Australia and a member of St. John Ambulance for 2 years. She has worked as a swim teacher for 4 years during her time as a student, and has considerable experience interacting with families and children. Currently Sabrina is also a Student Representative on the Teaching and Learning Committee for the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney working with other students to address issues and find solutions with Academics. She has a strong passion for travelling, learning new things and meeting people. She has travelled numerous times to South America and the USA and has a big love for sports. She is very excited in being able to join the UVP team this Summer and hopes to learn as much as possible both from other Interns and the Ugandan people.
Intern Tukesiga Osborn is an Amunyakole from Bushenyi district in Western Uganda. He is currently staying in Kisaasi – Kamwempe Division of Kampala. He is a student at International Health Sciences University (IHSU), where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in science of Public Health. He has worked with KIHO as a switch independent monitor for Namanyingo district in Busoga region for 2 months, working on polio vaccine switching. Osborn believes that being part of UVP will be a learning process, and at the same time, will be a great chance to show his abilities in health education, sensitization, and all other activities involved. Most importantly, he is excited to get a chance to see how one can handle issues of cultural difference, both within his country, and when it comes to his fellow international interns.
Intern Wagaba Brenda is from Kampala, Uganda. She is currently a student at Makerere University, School of Public Health. She is excited about the experience and chance UVP is giving her to meet and learn with new friends that come from different cultures and backgrounds in a new, local and simple environment. Brenda is also excited to create an impact in the lives of the people in that environment.
Intern Yesigomwe Kennedy is from Kabale district in the cold hills of Western Uganda. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health sciences, currently in his final year at Makerere University, School of Public Health. He is a returning intern with UVP, having been in Bufutula A, a Launch village in the 2016 UVP Internship. He has a passion for Public Health, and has participated in several Public Health camps organized by Ray United FC and University of Southern California. He is also a standup comedian by stage name “Dr. Bluetooth” under Pablo Live ltd. So, hang with him at your own risk, you will laugh out your senses!