University of Calgary

Healthy Child Uganda

April 9, 2009

Healthy Child Uganda documentary runs Friday

Dr. Jenn Brenner has been volunteering in villages across Uganda since she was a resident in 2000. / Photos: Derek Castiglione (

Dr. Jenn Brenner has been volunteering in villages across Uganda since she was a resident in 2000. / Photos: Derek Castiglione (top) and Rick Castiglione
Hope for the Children of Uganda, the story of the University of Calgary’s Healthy Child Uganda project will air at 5:30pm Mountain Standard Time on Friday April 10th, 2009 on CTV Alberta.

This 30 minute documentary was filmed by Rick Castiglione, documentary film maker and former CTV and Global news anchor. Rick traveled to Mbarara, Uganda in May 2008 to record the story of Healthy Child Uganda’s impact on the children of rural Southwestern Uganda.

"Healthy Child Uganda is a happy story about Africa...about Ugandans helping themselves and creating a brighter future for Uganda's children," says Dr. Jenn Brenner, Canadian Project Director and also a pediatrician at Calgary's Alberta Children's Hospital. "HCU has been successful because volunteers, communities and donors have stepped in with so much support."

Healthy Child Uganda (HCU) is a community-based partnership that works with local citizens to identify and solve the problems that most impact their children’s health. HCU helps communities help themselves by delivering training programs and providing support services for young children. 

The project emphasizes healthy practices such as immunization, good nutrition and preventing disease. Village trained volunteers are trained to recognize and treat sick children within their communities.

Most importantly, HCU is a partnership. Communities who choose to participate in HCU are actively involved in planning, training, and developing community initiatives. Over the last three years, HCU has seen a 40 per cent decline in child deaths in its communities.

Check out Healthy Child Uganda featured in U Magazine:
www.ucalgary.ca/news/uofcpublications/umagazine/winter2009/uganda
Visit the Healthy Child Uganda website: www.healthychilduganda.org/

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