December 5, 2016. Genevieve Evenhouse, a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps Global Health Service in Uganda, has joined the Bulamu Advisory Council and will develop three new community education programs to be offered at future medical camps. The first workshop will explain the importance of basic hygiene for maintaining good health. The second workshop, designed for school-age girls, will provide materials and teach students how to make RUMPS (Reusable Menstrual Pads) during the class. This class is meant to address the problem of young girls not attending school during their menstrual period. Studies have shown that providing RUMPS increases attendance significantly among pubescent girls in Uganda. A third program will distribute free mosquito nets and explain their use in preventing malaria, to be provided with the help of our partner, USAID. Bulamu expects that these three public health workshops will educate more than 1,000 people per camp.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Evenhouse emigrated to Buffalo, New York, where she earned her MS in Maternal/Women’s Health at SUNY Buffalo. She later served for three years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, Zambia and Guyana. In 2009, she began working as a School District Nurse with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), volunteering as a clinician at the Women’s Community Clinic (WCC). In 2015, she joined the U.S. Peace Corps/Uganda Global Health Service Partnership and was assigned to Muni University in Arua, Uganda as a nurse educator. It was in her capacity as a volunteer in Uganda when she first worked with Bulamu Healthcare as part of our first medical camp.