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Strengthening primary health care
07 October 2015
UN Volunteer Dr Emma Thompson (centre) has just completed a check-in with her patient (back to camera) while Rene Berryman-Sheppard (right), UNV Programme Assistant asks for feedback and takes notes on the service and support that the patient received from Dr Thompson. (UNV, 2015)
Since September 2014, UNV, UNDP and the Ministry of Health have been receiving international UN Volunteers to work in Health Care Centres across Trinidad and Tobago to support current staff and ensure consistent quality service is being provided for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. We are eager to report that not only were the UN Volunteer doctors thrilled to have us visit them so that they can showcase the great work they are doing, but the UN Volunteers and their patients also repeatedly noted their gratitude for the service that was being provided by the UN Volunteer doctors in the health centres. Read
More about: Health
Countries:  Trinidad and Tobago
Fostering innovation for development in Kosovo
06 October 2015
David Svab is a UN Youth Volunteer serving as Programme Officer with the Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development division of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kosovo. (UNV, 2015)
As a UN Youth Volunteer, I am extremely glad I have the chance to be exposed to this world of innovations for development, as I believe technology can aid us to get better insights into society and tailor our response to its needs more effectively, with a fraction of the cost that would have been needed before. I am also excited about the potential cooperation on some technical aspects of our Big Data initiative with volunteers from around the world through the UNV Online Volunteering platform. Read
Being even more determined as UN Volunteer
21 September 2015
Robert (far right) and his team during a training exercise in Juba at the UNMISS fire training ground. (Sammy Gathogo, UNV, 2013)

“I started doing voluntary work when I was in primary school so the spirit of volunteerism has always been with me” says Robert Kiiza, a UN Volunteer from Uganda, based in Yambio South Sudan.

In 2012, Robert became an UN Volunteer with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as a Fire Safety Assistant in the Aviation Section. When he got deployed in Juba, there were only two fire safety personnel across the mission and he was asked to coordinate fire related activities in areas where UNMISS launched air operations.

Countries:  South Sudan
Giving Chadian youth the opportunity to volunteer
31 August 2015
UN Youth Volunteer Laura and UN Volunteer Alladoum, sitting together with community Volunteer Claudine Kelpessang who's giving explanations on basic hygiene measures to inhabitants of Walia neighborhood in N’Djamena. (Adriana Borra / UNV programme, 2015)
We are Alladoum Assidjim and Laura Rutishauser, a national UN volunteer aged 33 and an international UN volunteer from Switzerland aged 29, working together to provide Chadian youth with local volunteering opportunities. In order to do so, we are supporting the set up pf Chad’s National Volunteering Programme (CNVP), with our partners the UNV programme, UNDP, the French Embassy and France Volontaires, at the request of the Chadian Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  Chad  Switzerland
Other languages: en français  
Despite the hardships, this is a very enriching experience
01 July 2015
Manash Gadtaula, national UN Volunteer Civil Engineer (UNV Nepal, 2015)
My name is Manash Gadtaula and I am a national UN Volunteer in Nepal. I serve as a civil engineer in a team of eight for the UNDP building demolitions project, as a support for the Village Development Committee. Demolition of houses can sound counter-intuitive but it is actually necessary in order to prevent further loss of lives during the aftershocks. Since the building’s structural integrity is compromised during the earthquake, even if it is still standing it is actually no longer safe to stay in it; and these buildings must be safely collapsed with the technical support of civil engineers. Read
More about: Emergency relief
Countries:  Nepal

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