Empowering Communities

Impacting Health

Redefining Partnerships

We believe that every individual has the right to quality health care. 

Asteroidea Health Alliance, a US-based non-profit, actualizes this belief by partnering with and working to equip community-based health initiatives in Uganda with tools and resources to improve the health and well-being of their communities. We are inspired by the vision of our local partners for healthier, thriving communities. 

 Our approach is simple -- the community knows best.  We defer to the intimate knowledge of what their communities need, the unique barriers they face, and the most sensitive ways in which to address them.

**Every individual pictured here was consented and gave their permission to have their photo included on this website.

We are driven by 3 Core Values:

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Empowering Communities

Our approach is simple: the community knows best. We partner with local organizations in Uganda who occupy the leading roles in determining the scope and direction of the initiatives and programs implemented, and who have a commitment to serving and caring for their communities.

Photo above: Community leader, Anyango Evaline, outside her home with her family, 2016.

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Impacting Health

We believe that every individual has the right to good health. We are committed to addressing preventable causes of death and illness. We are inspired by the vision of our local partners for healthier, thriving communities.

Photo above: Co-founder of NUMEM, Oyoo Benson, and clinic nurse, Oryem Bosco, rounding in the inpatient ward, 2018.

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Redefining Partnerships

Effective partnerships are at the core of the work we do. We support the communities in Uganda via locally founded, owned, and operated health clinics and initiatives. We defer to their intimate knowledge of what their communities need, the unique barriers they face, and the most sensitive ways in which to address them.

Photo above: Board members of Asteroidea and NUMEM, 2018.


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ASTEROIDEA

pronounciation : ˌastəˈroidēə 

Derived from the Greek aster, ἀστήρ (a star) and the Greek eidos, εἶδος (form, likeness, appearance)

The scientific name for starfish

“One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.

The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”

The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “It made a difference to that one!”

— Hawaiian parable