GlobeMed at UCLA!
Who We Are
GlobeMedÂ is a network of university students that partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of people living in poverty. Through their involvement today, students commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice.! Relationships are the heart of GlobeMed's model of engaging students to make an impact in the health of communities around the world. !
GLOBEMED" Each of our 46Â Chapters at universities across the United States has a Partner in a grassroots health organization in the developing world. Together, the chapter and partner organization work to collaborate on specific projects, organize a global health curriculum on campus, and lead trips to work with partners in communities abroad.!
Our Mission" GlobeMed aims to strengthen the! movement for global health equity by! empowering students and communities to work together to! improve the health of the impoverished around the world.!
We go beyond compassion. We value the dignity and assets of all people. We ! match our passion and energy with critical reflection and strategic thinking. We ! see partnership as a powerful mechanism to change the world.! Going beyond compassion: Successfully addressing global health challenges requires diligence and accountability. By being aware of local cultural norms and partnering with model health organizations, we can make a real impact. The dignity and assets of all people in our global community: We value the contributions that all people, whether a health worker in rural Ghana, a community organizer in an Indian slum, or a student on a college campus in the US, can make to global health. We partner, for example, with health organizations that empower community members and give them a role in the decision-making process of important activities. It is precisely because people's assets are neglected and ignored in today's world that we believe we have a responsibility to act. Pragmatic idealism: We match our passion and energy with critical reflection and strategic thinking that will advance our work. By evaluating our projects and reflecting on past experiences, we make choices that are rooted in our mission and vision. Collaboration: We see partnership as a powerful mechanism to change the world. By building common understanding and sharing resources between individuals and organizations, we can optimize our work in global health.
Chapters partner directly with a grassroots health organization working in communities around the world !
Students are dynamic leaders: When young people are connected with constructive forms of global health engagement, they can step up to be the leaders of our world both today and into the future. The world demands our generation to deliver critical leadership on issues of global health, and investments in inspiring and developing this leadership are vital. !
Partner! GlobeMed students become advocates for their partner! organizations and support them through a summer ! GrassRoots On-site Work (GROW) Internship.! Learn" GlobeMed students complete a globalhealthU ! curriculum, which is focused on global health education ! and leadership development, to help them evolve into ! informed leaders! Grow" GlobeMed students help grow the movement for global! health equity by hosting awareness and fundraising ! campaigns on campus, which ultimately support their ! partner organization and community.!
GLOBEMED AT UCLA" GlobeMed at UCLA in partnership with the! Nwoya Youth Center"
Who We Are â€“ GlobeMed at UCLA // Los Angeles, California" Founded in 2008, GlobeMed at UCLA is one of 46 GlobeMed chapters working to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. In 2009, GlobeMed at UCLA partnered with the Nwoya Youth Center in Anaka, Uganda. Together, we work to fight inequities in sexual health among the adolescents of the Nwoya District.! Since this partnership began, GlobeMed at UCLA has raised over $5000 to fund projects at the Nwoya Center, gone on 2 GROW trips to visit our partner, and grown from 3 members to 37. ! From anthropology majors to neuroscience majors, from journalists to gymnasts, from future doctors to future politicians, our members represent the diverse backgrounds and interests of students at UCLA. While we may have differing academic and career interests, we are unified in our interest in promoting global health through partnership and solidarity. !
NWOYA YOUTH CENTER" GlobeMed at UCLA in partnership with the! Nwoya Youth Center" Our Partner – Nwoya Youth Center // ANAKA, NWOYA District, Uganda" The Nwoya Youth Center (NYC) was established in 2009 as part of the Straight Talk Foundation (STF), a communications NGO in Uganda that provides youth with accurate sexual health information and resources. NYC is one of 5 youth centers created as part of STF’s Face-toFace program to reach youth affected by war in Northern Uganda. ! The Nwoya Youth Center offers free reproductive health services for young people aged 10-24 yrs in Anaka, Uganda. Founded in a former refugee camp in 2009, the project goal is to reduce new HIV infections among young people by 20% in the Nwoya district. The centerʼs objectives are to increase knowledge of STI/HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies and to increase adoption of safer sex practices in adolescents. NYC’s work involves the entire community and includes weekly dialogues with young men, young women, teachers, parents, young mothers, and young positives. ! This summer, the Nwoya Youth Center aims to affect the lives of over 1000 youth in the Nwoya District through its sexual health education, outreach, and intervention programs.
Okello Stephen, Director of the Nwoya Youth Center and our contact in Anaka.!
Anaka is located in northern Uganda in the Acholi region. Anaka is a very small village on the on the main highway between Gulu and Pakwach, in one of Uganda’s newest districts, Nwoya District, which was previously part of the Amuru District. ! The head of the medicine and health service delivery monitoring unit at State House, ! Diana Atwine, has described Nwoya district as a museum of corruption. The Anaka! hospital is no exception to this unfortunate reality. Built in the 1950s by the British, it was ! soon abandoned and left for ruins. It is currently in shambles and extremely ! understaffed, offering very limited and poor quality health care to local people, who have ! no other options. In the midst of corruption, the strength of the people is inspiring.! As part of northern Uganda, the Nwoya district has suffered from the tragic effects of! war. The war in northern Uganda has been called “the most neglected humanitarian ! emergency in the world today”. For the past 23 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) ! and the Government of Uganda (GoU) have been waging a war that has affected nearly ! two million innocent civilians. After an immeasurable amount of human rights violations ! and thousands of children abducted and forced to serve in the LRA army, the region is ! struggling to recover with very little help from the Ugandan government, but many people ! are making great strives to do so.!
2010-2011! The Goat Project" Last year, GlobeMed at UCLA worked to create a sustainable, income-making project for young mothers in the Nwoya District. Through campaigns on campus, we fundraised to buy goats for these young mothers to give them a resource to create their own income. The project raised almost $4000, bought 20 male and 20 female goats, and gave 20 mothers a pair of goats.! The mothers will give the baby goats to the next group of randomly selected mothers and the original group of mothers pays back the price of the vaccinations for the baby goats. This project allows mothers to support their families, bolster the local economy, increase health through nutritious goat milk, and allows for sustainability through breeding. ! We are currently in the process of evaluating the health statuses of the goats and the impact that they have had on these mothers始 lives.!
2011-2012! For 2011-2012, GlobeMed at UCLA and the Nwoya Youth Center are working on sexual health education, outreach, and intervention programs. The subprograms are as follows:! 1) Boy/Girl Talk Outreach: Trained health workers counsel boys and girls ages 10-24 in separate groups.! 2) Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) Outreaches to Schools: SRH counselors travel directly to schools and teach kids about HIV prevention, growth & development, sexual health counseling, and give career guidance.! 3) Sports & Games for SRH Programs: Organized sports activities with health themes (family planning, condom awareness) targeted at youth who are out of school! 4) Condom Awareness Sessions: Targets out-of-school youth using an ABC approach to educate them about responsible sexual health practices! 5) Outreach to Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and Young Positives: Targets vulnerable, stigmatized youth who are victims of the war-torn climate of Northern Ugandaâ€¨ 6) Sanitary Pad Distribution: Pads are a rare commodity in Uganda. Girls without pads are known to face discrimination in school, and will often miss one week to school a month to avoid embarrassment. This creates an education gap as girls fall more and more behind. ! These programs will provide the youth with information and resources about sexual health that they would not otherwise receive. The project aims to affect over 1000 youth in the Nwoya District.!
CAMPAIGNS ON CAMPUS" Global Health U" November 22, 2011" In order to inform the student body about GlobeMed and this year始s projects, the ghU team put on an event in which people reflected on what they were thankful for. The event had over 60 participants and elicited some great responses on what students at UCLA are thankful for.!
Achy Breaky Heart" February 12, 2012" GlobeMed at UCLA partnered with Bruins for Israel to put on a Valentine始s Day event. Students could play carnival games, enter raffles for local prizes, or bid on a date in the date auction. The event raised $2000 and promoted NYC and Save a Child始s Heart.!
Global Get Down" February 22, 2012" GlobeMed at UCLA始s 3rd annual Global Get Down featured performances from student a cappella groups, dance teams, and bands. The event raised over $200 and included an informational appearance by Invisible Children. !
With our campaigns on campus, we hope to spread the word on contemporary issues in the Nwoya community, fundraise for the Nwoya Youth Center, and to engage the student body in our efforts.!
IN THE COMMUNITY"
GlobeMed in the Community (Pictured left)" This year, GlobeMed at UCLA volunteered at Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. On several separate occasions, members participated in preparing and serving meals throughout the day. By having one community service partner throughout the year, GlobeMed at UCLA hopes to create a lasting partnership with the center and its community.!
GlobeMed始s First Ever GROW Training (Pictured right)" In preparation for this year始s GROW trips, GROW interns from UCLA, USC, and UT Austin came to discuss their theories on partnership, their motivations for working on the ground with the partners, and their brilliant ideas for how to utilize GROW as a catalyst for positive change in their chapters over a weekend filled with inspiration, excitement, and fun.!
What is GROW?" GlobeMed's GROW program (GrassRoots On-site Work) is a unique and powerful opportunity for GlobeMed students to directly connect with the organization they have been closely working with throughout the school year. Students return to campus as better ambassadors for their partner and, most importantly, form and strengthen relationships with community members from their project site.! Purpose of GROW Internship" To strengthen, add to, and expand programs, resources, and knowledge of the partner organization for the purpose of having a positive impact on their community.! To engage in mutual learning in order to strengthen all aspects of the partnership.! To ensure long-term stability through evaluation and strategic planning.!
SUSAN AJOK, STF" A letter from Susan Ajok, Executive Director of Straight Talk Foundation, after GlobeMed at UCLAʼs first GROW trip in August 2010. Note: The Amuru Youth Center has since been renamed the Nwoya Youth Center.! To Whom It May Concern:! I am writing on behalf of Straight Talk Foundation (STF) with regards to our partnership with GlobeMed at UCLA. Although our organizations have only been partners for two years, the amount of growth that has resulted from strengthening this relationship has been truly impressive.! STF is an indigenous not for profit organization registered in 1997 and it focuses on behaviour change communication work with teachers, parents and young people. STF’s mission is to improve the lives of adolescents through the provision of quality social and behavior change communication programs and services for young people in Uganda.! STF works through print, radio and face to face communication media. In the northern districts of Uganda,STF operates four youth centers providing sexual and reproductive health information and services in post conflict northern Uganda . These exist in the districts of Gulu, Kitgum, Amuru and Adjumani. STF youth centers provide counseling services, educational tools,! contraceptives, and safe spaces for engaging in collective dialogue and peer! Interaction,.! In August of 2010, five members of GlobeMed came to visit the Amuru Youth Center and the STF headquarters in Kampala. Their presence in Uganda was greatly appreciated; it allowed our organizations to unite our visions and continue to set goals that we would like to see materialize within our communities. The work of Amuru Youth Center has been made possible with! the help of partners such as GlobeMed at UCLA.! While on this trip, GlobeMed established contacts with the Young Mothers Forum, supported by the Amuru Youth Center. After hearing these women’s stories, GlobeMed began forging a plan to help meet the economic needs of these young women, demonstrating this young mother’s club’s heart for the Ugandan people and will to institute positive change in the lives of those in need. Our current collaborative project is simply called “The Goat Project”. This project aims to buy goats to give these mothers a steady income. The mothers will profit by selling the goat milk and cheese, and once the goats are bred, they will pass the kids to another mother in need. This project embodies the sustainable and long term change GlobeMed at UCLA wishes to institute.! STF is delighted to collaborate with GlobeMed in improving the health and wellbeing of young people in Uganda, especially those living in poverty and post conflict through empowering young people to lead productive lives.! Sincerely! Susan Ajok, Straight Talk Foundation Executive Director!
GROW TEAM 2012" GROW Coordinator" Name: Caroline Nguyen! Year in School: 3rd! Major: Anthropology, Minor: Public Health " “We have to make aid into a grassroots movement. How do we reach out to voiceless people? We need to create bonds of solidarity with our partners, not just out of charity, but out of joint work.” – Joia Mukherjee!
Name: Jennifer Cruz! Year in School: 3rd! Major: Physiological Sciences! “Spend all you have for loveliness, buy it and never count the cost; for one white singing hour of peace count many a year of strife well lost, and for a breath of ecstasy give all you have been, or could be.” – Sara Teasdale!
Name: Mizuki Sato! Year in School: 5th ! Major: Physiological Sciences! “The right to development is the measure of respect of all other human rights that should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole.” – Kofi Annan!
Name: Brittney Sutton! Year in School: 2nd! Major: Undeclared" "Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman!