Hand Back Health poster competition, Uganda

Hand Back Health have a fantastic project lined up by visiting local villages in their area to provide information on Spine Care in aid of World Spine Day.

Hand Back Health is a local NGO in the Jinja area focusing on providing health services and education, primarily concerned with physical and neurological disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Their present project centers around World Spine Day and educating the youth about prevention of potentially disabling conditions. The prevalence of Chronic Low Back Pain around the world is 18.1%. But in Africa it is 32%, due in part to the fact that low back pain disproportionately affects those with less education, those involved in heavy physical work and those with a lower socio-economic status. This project aims to start addressing these issues by providing education to the youth; prevention is better than a cure!

They are holding a competition between schools in the Jinja area, to create a poster and/or performance video to inform their peers and community about spinal health. They hope that by educating small groups of youths we can enable them to disseminate the important information in a fun, insightful manner. The projects will be taking place in the months of September and October with support from their team.

With World spine day having projects running around the globe, they are hoping to gain a fair bit of media attention; the school project entries will be posted on the internet and social media for all to vote on to find a winner. The ‘winning’ posters will be printed and placed throughout schools and communities to aid in spreading the message.

Their competition poster is available here: COMPETITON POSTER