What We Do
HEALTHCARE. RESEARCH. EMPOWERMENT.
In rural Uganda, people suffer from conditions that modern medicine has learned to address decades ago.
Children die of malaria because of medicine stock-outs, numerous disabilities occur because of lack of reliable medical care, and millions live with chronic debilitating neglected tropical diseases.
We bring the resources of modern medicine to the populations that need it the most.
We seek to bring to light neglected conditions and find innovative sustainable solutions to manage and treat diseases of poverty.
We draw upon our intercultural and interdisciplinary strength to work in partnership with local communities to find innovations that empower the most vulnerable to live in better health and with greater agency.
We help the community develop sustainable solutions for poverty alleviation through community-run enterprises that produce needed products.
We seek to limit capital outflow and instead, keep critical resources in the community to build a culture of self-sufficiency.
It is our mission to improve healthcare access to the world's most vulnerable by providing direct evidence based medical care, helping build local healthcare capacity, and addressing root causes of poor health outcomes with the full participation of communities.
Armed with our intercultural and interdisciplinary collaborative strength, we seek to find scalable solutions to the issues that affect these vulnerable communities and work with them to develop resilient households and communities.
We view sickness as an expression of a life under adverse conditions. Those conditions must also be addressed to ensure good health outcomes.
When our patients are ill, we will do whatever it takes to cure and heal them. When our patients do not have the resources required to live life with dignity, we will do everything that we can to empower them to achieve their full potential.
The world is our community, and our patients are our family.
We founded Empower Through Health two years ago under the belief that no matter who we are or where we come from, there is more that unites us than separates us.
Parents all over the world toil to ensure the well-being of their children; we all take solace in the comfort of family and community; the smile and warmth that we feel upon seeing a sunset is shared throughout the world.
We all are united by our common humanity and our quest for dignity, companionship, and purpose. We believe that all human life is precious and equal and that we should all be able to live in good health to have agency to determine our futures.
However, there are gross inequalities and injustices in the global order. The district in which we work in Uganda, Buyende District, has a population of 363,300 but only one practicing clinical physician. There is nowhere in the district in which patients can obtain blood work. Children routinely die of infectious diseases and perpetually combat untreated parasitic infections and malnutrition. Mothers die from routine childbirth.
These facts are unfathomable and unjustifiable in the globalized 21st century, where futuristic treatments are possible in many parts of the world.
Drawing upon our intercultural strength, we seek to be advocates and healers for those left out of the global system.
In 2019, we gave 8,192 patients medical care and given the upward trend of patients, we expect the number in 2020 to be closer to 12,000 or more giving people previously without access to modern essential medical services.
We also conducted vital public health research to inform our work and to advance the frontiers of scientific knowledge in 2019. This organization and this work mean the world not only to the 70,000 people who can access modern healthcare but also to us.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being a part of our work.
The ETH Team