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PROMETRA: Traditional Medicine and Community Development | Kampala, Uganda

More photos from this internship can be found here.

More photos from this internship can be found here.

PROMETRA Uganda, founded in 2000, is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to promote traditional medical knowledge and practices for improved health through mutual cooperation amongst health systems. Its vision is to see a healthy, well informed productive population. Interns will engage in community outreach activities in areas of health, environmental conservation, and ecological organic farming basing on indigenous knowledge and culture.

PROMETRA Uganda is affiliated with PROMETRA International whose headquarters are in Dakar, Senegal. PROMETRA International has 26 chapters worldwide. 

Duration of Internship:

  • 3-6 months (*Estimated costs are calculated for an internship up to 3 months.)

PROMETRA Uganda, founded in 2000, is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to promote traditional medical knowledge and practices for improved health through mutual cooperation amongst health systems. Its vision is to see a healthy, well informed productive population.

PROMETRA Uganda is affiliated with PROMETRA International whose headquarters are in Dakar, Senegal. PROMETRA International has 26 chapters worldwide.

PROMETRA Uganda has five main objectives, which include:

  • disseminating knowledge on traditional medicine to institutions, partners, and parties with related interests
  • advocating for the use of traditional medicine
  • identifying and fighting against harmful traditional health practices
  • strengthening collaboration between traditional and other health practitioners
  • encouraging community programs on sustainable utilization of the environment, conservation, and preservation of all species of medicinal value

The activities of PROMETRA Uganda include

  • mobilization and organization of traditional healers
  • training and capacity building
  • treatment and care using traditional medicine
  • research and information management
  • publicity and advocacy
  • collaboration and networking
  • community to community exchange
  • income generating activities
  • hope activities for improving the quality and meaning of life for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs)
  • environmental conservation
  • monitoring and evaluation

An intern would participate in activities such as research and information management, publicity and advocacy, collaboration and networking, monitoring and evaluation, mobilizing and organizing traditional healers, and community to community exchange programs. An intern would be expected to assist the PROMETRA Uganda team in any activity by bringing both an open mind and outsider’s perspective to the project.

Students interested in social and ecological sustainability may find this internship of interest. 

Academic Background

  • PROMETRA Uganda welcomes students studying within all arts and science fields such as medicine, forestry, conservation, anthropology, agriculture, business, sociology, psychology, economics, journalism, education, research, botany, and international development.

Skills/Experience

  • The intern must be able to adapt to different situations, be open to new cultural experiences, work well with a variety of people, work under limited supervision, share and interact with many people with different cultural backgrounds and take leadership positions.
  • The intern should be able to work with Microsoft Office programs, keep good records of daily/weekly/monthly activities and programs, and be equipped with interpersonal communication skills and good research techniques.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3 Global Program Fee: $3,450
  • Host Site Fees:  $2,036* 
  • International Travel: $1,700
  • Visa: $100
  • Recommended Immunizations: $400**

*This fee is based on a 10-12 week internship, includes housing and food

**Costs vary depending on individual medical history and insurance coverage. Consult your healthcare provider

Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing: Included in the host site fee
  • Food* (Snacks): $50 ($12.50/wk)
  • Local Transportation: $75 ($18.75/wk)
  • Recreation: $150 ($37.50/wk)
  • Personal Expenses: $75 ($18.75/wk)

*3 meals/day included in Host Site Fee

Additional Expense Information

The host site fee for PROMETRA includes:

  • Placement and administrative costs
  • Housing for up to 12 weeks
  • 3 meals a day
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Work related travel and community visits

Interns will be based at PROMETRA’s field site the Forest School of Traditional Healers, in rural Buyijja Uganda

“I feel like my time here in Uganda has contributed immensely to my personal development and goals. I have made drastic progress in my cultural perspective of developing countries and their healthcare. I have made personal connections with people here in Uganda and have taken the opportunity to utilize their input and knowledge...”

-Madelyn Miller, Oregon State University

“This internship has indeed provided me with the insight and perspective that I initially sought. Having lived in a village in rural Uganda and worked amongst traditional health practitioners throughout their training and treatment of patients for the past three months, I was able to see the importance of traditional medicine as well as the many barriers preventing rural Ugandans from accessing adequate health care services to maintain their health. PROMETRA – Uganda was relevant to my own pursuits because their approach to promoting health is holistic and deeply rooted in the traditional culture of the people they serve. Their programs are developed upon and driven by the expressed needs of their beneficiary populations. Their approach also encapsulates the entire scope of health, including physical, mental, social, and most importantly, the spiritual aspect. Spirituality is the backbone of traditional medicine and traditional culture making it an extremely important component for health promotion programs to take into consideration. Gaining a deeper understanding into culture and the importance of cultural-competency was also invaluable...

The first few weeks of my stay in Uganda were a process of acclimating, lowering some standards, and forcing myself to remain open to every new experience…By the fourth or fifth week of my internship, however, I experienced a transformation. What once overwhelmed and perturbed me became a general component of my everyday life and I learned how to go with the flow. I found it most rewarding to accept the differences and live the way that my community lived. It allowed me to really understand and appreciate their way of life.”

-Elizabeth Ragan, Oregon State University

“…I have worked alongside the PROMETRA Uganda team in research, information and documentation gathering, training and capacity building, and mobilization activities, and more.  Through my internship experience, I learned how an NGO manages its activities and daily routines. I worked side-by-side with PROMETRA Uganda staff members in many different activities and in doing so, I learned a great deal about teamwork.  I developed my skills in how to work with multiple people with different perspectives and attitudes…” 

-Ann Tezak, University of Montana

Terms

Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: January 25

Fall: April 15

Winter: September 1

Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

-Students studying within all arts and science fields such as medicine, forestry, conservation, anthropology, agriculture, business, sociology, psychology, economics, journalism, education, research, botany, and international development.