Non Communicable Diseases Awareness and Control Program:
Currently there isn’t enough information about thus less attention drawn to Non communicable diseases unlike the communicable ones in South-western Uganda. The program will extend information about the risk factors and preventative measures to the rural community people so as to reduce the incidence and effects of these diseases among the population. Common Non communicable diseases include Malnutrition among children, Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart failure, Malignancies and Mental disorders.
Malaria Control Project:
This project will focus on extending malaria awareness and control initiatives in rural communities. This will include diagnosis and treatment of malaria infected patients as well as distribution of mosquito nets to the rural poor families to help them prevent malaria in their homes. The project will also involve carrying out malaria awareness campaigns in schools and in general communities so as to make people aware of the pandemic.
Increasing primary school students’ enrollment and promotion of better learning environment is a project that will be focusing on improving on the infrastructure and sanitation among rural primary schools in south western Uganda through construction of additional classroom blocks, ventilated Improve Pit Latrines and provision of water tanks.
Apparently, Mbarara District has 197 primary schools and about 75% of them are rural based (Mbarara District Local Government Report 2014).
According to the pilot survey that was conducted by ICODI in 2014 in 50 rural primary schools in South-western Uganda, we found out that 32 (64%) of the schools never had enough classrooms to cater for student’s increasing enrollment from primary one to primary seven. Many students were studying outside under trees. Studying under trees was considered a big challenge to students’ learning and such conditions created poor learning environment for them.
Apart from having nowhere to sit and learn, many primary schools had poor sanitation with very old latrines which were almost full and there were no latrine emptying services. We were told in many primary schools that diseases caused by poor sanitation such as diarrhea, typhoid, dysentery claimed some of the lives of students and teachers.
In addition, all rural schools we visited had no clean water supply, students had no access to drinking water and they could not get water to wash their hands after using the latrines and this subjected such students to get diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid and others.
This project will therefore focus on developing better learning environment for the rural primary school students through constructing of additional classroom blocks, VIP Latrines and provision of water tanks.
Integrated Community Development Initiative Information Technology Centres (ICODITEC)
Teaching Basic Information Technology (IT) and Basic Computer Skills to Different Rural Community Youth in Mbarara and Isingiro District in Southwestern Uganda.
ICODI wants to establish Information Technology (IT) training centres in the rural communities of Mbarara and Isingiro Districts in southwestern Uganda.
The Informational Technology Training Centres will be another outreach arm of ICODI that will train rural students, teachers, community members, and workers how to use basic computer programs like Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, etc.
Equipping people with basic computer skills will help them to advance their knowledge through use of internet and also help the youth to equip them with employable skills to start secretarial bureaus as one of the ways of reducing on the high levels of unemployment among the youth.