Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Meet Maureen

Our latest “meet the staff” features Maureen Nakalinzi, UVP Program Manager.

Maureen outside the UVP office
Maureen grew up with a passion for helping people and serving her community. While studying at Makerere University, she began volunteering as an intern with UVP and developed her interest in public health. She was a UVP intern each summer from 2005 until 2008, making her an early member of the UVP family! After university, Maureen worked as the program manager of a women’s empowerment program focusing on incoming generating projects. Maureen has been working full time with UVP since 2011. She is the program manager for the Family Planning program and works with Loy on the management and data for the fistula program. In addition to her program activities, Maureen helps manage the internship program and keeps the office running smoothly.

Maureen is passionate about reproductive health. She finds fulfillment in providing services that are greatly needed by the women in the communities. She enjoys meeting and engaging with Village Health Teams and community members. Maureen says she likes her job because “UVP gives you the opportunity to try out new ideas for improving programs and allows you to make your mark on the program. As staff, you can start with an idea and a concept paper and follow it all the way through implementation and follow up.”

The best thing that has happened while she’s been at UVP has been the expansion of the family planning program. Maureen says “Now UVP is providing a long term method, the implant, during our outreaches. We will also able to add cervical cancer screening to our family planning program with the help from newly trained government nurses.”

When not working, Maureen serves on two boards: the International Community Empowerment Fund (ICEF) and Nazareth Children’s Home. She loves working with children, and in every town she lives in she gets involved at the local baby’s home and teaches Sunday school. When asked one thing that readers might not know about her, Maureen shared that she danced ballet while in school and likes ballroom dancing.