Passionate about the global volunteer movement, Ugandan born Dr. Noerine Kaleeba recently joined the International Board of Trustees at VSO. Noerine has gained global recognition for her significant contribution to improving the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS and their families in Uganda. This is believed to be one of the key pillars of Uganda's relative success in addressing the AIDS pandemic.
“I am really excited to have joined the VSO Board. I felt like it was time to give something back to the global volunteer movement as I was one of its early beneficiaries during the time when Uganda was struggling to address the challenges of the AIDS pandemic. I see the potential for volunteering to help advance development in Africa and I believe that VSO’s approach is both innovative and impactful,” said Noerine ahead of her first Board meeting at VSO headquarters in the UK in July.
Describing herself as a Grandmother first, retired international civil servant Noerine Kaleeba has amassed over 30 years personal and professional involvement in health and development interventions in Africa. As a trained physiotherapist she specialised in orthopaedics and community rehabilitation before becoming the head of the School of Physiotherapy at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, the largest teaching hospital in Uganda. From there Kaleeba worked on the HIV and AIDS frontline.
Noerine joins a 10 person International Board of Trustees under Chair Mari Simonen with a remit to supervise the formulation of policy and strategy and to monitor organisational performance. Members are appointed for a term of up to three years with an option for re-appointment for a further term.
“It’s great to have an inspirational figure like Noerine join our board and contribute her wealth of experience to our work. We are very active in the health sector she knows so well and are diversifying VSO’s program and volunteering work in Africa, so I think she will give great guidance as we implement our strategy for the next three years,” said Mari Simonen, Chair of the VSO International Board
The International Board of Trustees typically meets three times a year and Noerine will attend their next meeting in the UK in July, 2014.
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