Save the Mothers Program Intern 2016-17 Beka Bushby meets Master of Public Health Leadership graduate Ivan Tibenkana in Jinja, Uganda.
I have always had a passion for caring for those who are vulnerable and marginalized in society, both within Canada and globally. In 2013 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began working as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital (in Toronto, Ontario).
Combining interests, serving overseas
For many years, I have wanted to combine my interest in maternal-child health with my desire to serve overseas. I was excited when I was given the opportunity to intern with Save the Mothers. In September 2016 I made the move from Toronto, Canada to Mukono, Uganda to begin my new role as intern. I have gained many new skills, and have been able to deepen my understanding of maternal-child health issues in the developing world. I have enjoyed interacting with the students in the Masters of Public Health Leadership (MPHL) program, sitting in on lectures, and participating in community events.
I have also been able to visit a few different hospitals. The discrepancy between hospitals here, in Uganda, and at home, in Canada, is immense and can be overwhelming. However, these opportunities have been extremely informative, deepening my understanding of global health issues and the approaches that should be taken to ensure sustainable change.
My favourite activity that I have been able to participate in has been visits to the Save the Mothers students and graduates within their communities and places of work. It has given me the opportunity to see first-hand the effectiveness of the MPHL program in equipping individuals to be leaders for change.
My time here in Uganda with Save the Mothers has been a life-changing experience and I feel extremely privileged to have been given this opportunity.
Please note: Save the Mothers is seeking applications for the position of Program Intern in Uganda for the 2017-18 academic year. For details, please see our job posting.