GEMx is pleased to welcome the Conservation and Ecosystem Health Alliance (CEHA) to the GEMx Partnership. Headquartered in Kampala, Uganda, CEHA’s mission is “to achieve sustainable conservation through multidisciplinary research while promoting nature conservation, ecosystem and human health.” To support its mission, CEHA has formed the EcoHealth Research Group, which focuses its efforts on identifying areas for research, directing resources to support those areas, and building capacity in the sciences in Africa. Current areas of research include study of the Albertine Rift ecosystem in the Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks in Uganda, in collaboration with the University of Arizona, as well as the study of endangered chimpanzees and other species in fragmented forest patches in the Hoima District ecosystem in western Uganda, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. As part of its efforts to build capacity in the sciences, CEHA also offers internships to both national and international students, enabling them to work with Ugandan researchers on short-term projects. Participants have included students in medicine, nursing, veterinary science, and public health.
Through GEMx, CEHA will offer students of GEMx Partners short-term research placements, electives, and internships with health centers, community field attachments, hospitals, and teaching universities throughout Uganda. Opportunities will be available to students interested in public and community health to learn how to design and implement projects focusing on the health concerns of local communities within Uganda. Through GEMx, CEHA also provides a field experiential learning course using the One Health approach, in which students can engage in cross-sector collaboration among various health professions.
GEMx looks forward to collaborating with CEHA to offer students of GEMx Partners these diverse and exciting elective opportunities!