BIRD – Ugandan Affiliate
BARHD’s in-country staff functions within the Ugandan NGO “BIRD” – Bushenyi Integrated Rural Development. BIRD was founded by Sister Ephrance Nuwamanya, a Ugandan Nurse who literally wrote the book on rural health care in East Africa.
Sister Ephrance Nuwamanya, Program Coordinator
No, she is not a nun, but her commitment to the health of the people of southwest Uganda is certainly inspiring. “Sister” is an honorific that Ugandans use to refer to nurses. She was just 17 when both of her parents died within a short time. With the determination that has characterized her entire life, she was able to finish school and become a registered nurse and midwife. In total, she has completed six years of education beyond secondary school including obtaining diplomas in Health Management from Kenya and Reproductive Health Services from South Africa as well as performing Malaria Research in Zimbabwe. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and has authored training manuals for rural health care workers.
Sister founded BIRD in 2010 for the purpose of providing an in-country NGO to administer BARHD’s education and health programs. Sister is an active Rotarian having served as the first female member and then President of the Bushenyi Rotary Club. This involvement and BIRD’s positive impact in the community have attracted the attention of Rotary International which supports initiatives administered by BIRD. She is married to Joash, and they have six children…each with at least one university degree.
Nuwagaba Lauben, Field Health Officer
Lauben is from a family of 13 children from Rubirizi District in southwestern Uganda. He received his diploma in Community Helath at Kampala International University and has additional training in Managment of Childhood Illness and Maternal Health Care. Prior to coming to work with BIRD as Field Health Officer, Lauben worked at St. Angela Medical Clinic. As Field Health Officer, Lauben oversees BARHD’s four health clinics and provides basic health care to the three schools at which BARHD sponsors secondary students.
On July 3, 2015, Brendah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration. She was sponsored by BARHD at Kibingo Girls’ School from 8th grade through graduation from secondary school and, then, at Uganda Christian University in Mukono. As a result she has a unique perspective on the needs and challenges of BARHD’s 317 secondary and 21 university students for whom she provides counseling and support.
Dianah grew up in Bushenyi District. Upon graduation from secondary school, she attended Mbarara University of Science & Technology receiving a degree in Business Administration. Dianah takes great pride in her part, as Program Administrator, in empowering the women of Bushenyi and bringing support to the vulnerable members of society there.