Knowledge for Change (K4C) was registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales in January 2012 (no. 1146911) and has been hosted by the University of Salford in Manchester since July 2014. The charitable objectives are to improve the standard of healthcare provision for the poorest members of society in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). For over 10 years, we have been working across multiple facilities in Uganda to improve the health services offered to patients and ensure better standards of care. The work we do includes infrastructural development within health facilities, the provision and repair of medical equipment, staff training and capacity building and working with local educational institutions to develop new and improved undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, exchange programmes and educational elective placements for UK health (and other) students.
K4C’s core values centre around ethical, sustainable and mutually beneficial improvements in health infrastructure and the capacity of staff and students in the UK and LMICs. Sticking to these values ensures that we achieve the best long-term outcomes for both the UK and the LMICs that we work with.
What We Do
Professional Volunteering: K4C’s primary activity has included the placement of over 200 professional volunteers from the UK in Uganda over the last 10 years, supported by the UK Department for International Development through the Tropical Health Education Trust. These volunteers have included doctors, midwives, nurses, biomedical engineers and social scientists; all of whom have worked alongside local staff to exchange valuable knowledge, skills and experience to the mutual benefit of both countries. We have also supported professional Ugandan health workers to travel to the UK to complete training courses and degree programmes to enhance their learning, funded by the British Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme.
Student Placements: More recently, K4C has begun to focus on the improving the education of students in the UK and Uganda through undergraduate and postgraduate student exchange programmes. Our student placement project (initially supported by Health Education England) has now placed over 300 students (studying medicine, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, social work, NHS management, prosthetics and orthotics) complete funded 4-week elective placements in Uganda over an 18 month period. All student placements are linked to existing K4C projects and were supervised by our professional UK long-term volunteers. Our current placement locations include large hospitals, rural health centres and community based organisations in Kampala and Fort Portal.