The USC Institute for Global Health provides the USC community the opportunity to work with partners and students in Uganda to design and implement public health education curricula.

Using soccer fields as literal common ground,  USC students and alumni team up each year with students from Uganda’s Makerere University to plan educational sessions for youth living in rural regions.

Hundreds of children from local schools cycle between health lessons and soccer classes in day camps that take place over the course of week. The educational sessions cover health and development subjects ranging from hygiene to gender roles. In the soccer rotations, pupils train with professional coaches and scrimmage for a chance to move on to the final district tournament at the end of the week.

The camp is a collaboration between the USC Institute for Global Health and non-profit foundation Ray United FC, as well as Ugandan organizations including sports NGO Edgars Youth Programme, non-profit Youth At Work Initiative and more.

After the camp, USC students spend their second week in Uganda touring the district health center, local schools, health organizations and Ministry of Health.

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