GlobeMed at Columbia University 2016 â€“ 2017 ANNUAL REPORT
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Imidido Project | Ruhengeri, Rwanda Project Bona Fide | Ometepe, Nicaragua RE-PARTNERSHIP Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development | Tamil Nadu, India Ungano Tena | Nairobi, Kenya CCC-UNSCH | Ayacucha, Peru Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS | Western Kenya Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization | Gulu, Uganda AMMID | San Marcos, Guatemala Himalayan Health Care | Jawalakhel, Nepal Kachin Women’s Association Thailand | Chiang Mai, Thailand SHED Foundation | Shirati, Tanzania Migrant Assistance Program Foundation | Chiang Mai, Thailand Escuela de La Calle | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Set Her Free | Kampala, Uganda Primeros Pasos | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Nancholi Youth Organization | Blantyre City, Malawi Trailblazer Foundation | Siem Reap, Cambodia Health Development Initiative | Kigali, Rwanda Hope Through Health | Kara, Togo Gardens for Health International | Gasabo, Rwanda RE-PARTNERSHIP RE-PARTNERSHIP Young1ove | Gaborone, Botswana Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization | Masaka, Uganda Adonai Child Development Center | Namugoga, Uganda Komera | Kayonza, Rwanda COVE Alliance | Kapeeka, Uganda A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope | Managua, Nicaragua ChangeALife Uganda | Migyera, Uganda Jambi Huasi | Otavalo, Ecuador RE-PARTNERSHIP Asociación Tierra | La Concepcioón Masaya Mission for Community Development | Uganda PHASE Nepal | Kathmandu, Nepal RE-PARTNERSHIP Social Action for Women | Mae Sot, Thailand Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative | Mukono, Uganda Dhulikhel Hospital | Kavrepalanchok, Nepal Buddhism for Social Development Action | Kampong Cham, Cambodia RE-PARTNERSHIP Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation (PEOF) | Morazán, El Salvador Kyetume Community Based Health Care (KCBHCP)| Mukono, Uganda Young1ove | Gaborone, Botswana Population Education Development Association | Vientiane, Laos Choice Humanitarian | Piura, Peru Social Organization for Voluntary Action | Odisha, India Alternative for Rural Movement | Odisha, India SparkMicrogrants | Mbale, Uganda Wuqu' Kawoq | Tecpan, Guatemala Sacred Valley Health | Cusco, Peru Build Your Future Today Center | Siem Reap, Cambodia Network for Ecofarming in Africa | Molo, Kenya Children of Peace | Lira, Uganda Uganda Development and Health Associates | Iganga, Uganda RE-PARTNERSHIP Burma Humanitarian Mission (BHM) | Eastern Burma Logan Square Neighborhood Association | Chicago, IL, USA
About GlobeMed Mission GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world.
Vision We envision a world in which health â€“ the ability to not only survive but thrive â€“ is possible for all people.
We believe every human life has equal value. This belief has drawn us together from all corners of the world. Health for all is within our grasp if we work together.
The Co-Presidents Dear Friends, Thank you for your continued support of GlobeMed at Columbia! We are incredibly excited to share some highlights of another successful year for our chapter. With large shoes to fill, the two of us stepped into this presidency with one main goal in mind—to sustain the high level of involvement with our partner, Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G), that the chapter has been fortunate enough to demonstrate in years past. Historically, our chapter has offered continued support through our robust fundraising campaigns. To help supplement GWED-G’s amazing work empowering women and reducing HIV/AIDS-related health burdens in Gulu, Uganda, our chapter successfully raised over $21,000 due to the tremendous dedication of our Fundraising co-directors and their campaign team, our HillTop conference team, and our collective efforts in Individual Giving. This money will go directly to GWED-G to cover expenses associated with their community outreach programs and maternal and newborn child health initiatives. We also sought to extend the scope of our partnership in new and exciting ways. As part of our yearly GROW experience, five of our chapter members brought over seeds to supplement GWED-G’s programs to improve women’s livelihood. Additionally, two members of our grant-writing team applied for funding to create a novel nutrition innovation program to the partnership between GWED-G and GlobeMed at Columbia. Despite the numerous successes we’ve had externally however, we are most proud of the strides we have made in improving accessibility to knowledge and resources about our partnership to our general body. Through a creative, new approach to community building, an excellent ghU curriculum, and more direct communication between chapter members and GWED-G, we helped foster a new and meaningful appreciation for the partnership that revitalized our chapter’s understanding of GWED-G, commitment to its goals, and passion for global health. Finally, we would like to extend our most sincere thanks to all of the wonderful people without whom any of the success we’ve achieved this year wouldn’t have been possible— to our general body for being warm and consistently active participants, to executive board for always putting forth their best foot, and to Pam and the rest of the GWED-G team for being such tremendous partners and teachers. Sincerely, Abrar Nadroo and Addy Zou 2016-2017 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at Columbia
About our Chapter
[GlobeMed at Columbia]
Proudly supporting HIV/AIDS awareness, gender equity, and maternal healthcare in Gulu, Uganda, since 2008. GWED-G aims to strengthen the capacity of grassroots communities in Northern Uganda to become self-reliant agents of change for peace and development through training and education for them to make effective decisions concerning their rights, health, and development. As of 2016, GlobeMed at Columbia has raised over $75,000 in less than a decade to support GWED-Gâ€™s projects.
since our founding in September 2008, our chapter has grown from 12 to over 50 members
since our founding in September 2008, our chapter has raised over $170,000
KEY FACT: The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Uganda is 7-8%. In northern Uganda, the prevalence is even higher than in the rest of the country, around 10%.
Our Partnership GWED-G
Founded in 2004 Gulu Women’s Economic Development & Globalization (GWED-G) has “a mission to strengthen the capacity of grassroots communities in Northern Uganda to become self-reliant agents of change for peace and development through training and education for them to make effective decisions concerning their rights, health, and development.” GWED-G's partnership with GlobeMed at Columbia began in 2009. Our joint project focuses on: promoting women's rights, peace building for youth, HIV prevention and maternal health, and prevention of gender based violence.
Gulu District, Northern Uganda
Population: 400,000 GWED-G was founded by women in northern Uganda who suffered the impact of war– women whose rights had been violated and those whose children had been forcefully abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). For over 23 years, LRA terrorized the northern region with physical and psychological torture, forcing over 1.6 million Ugandans to leave their ancestral land and relocate into Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps. This had a profound effect on the culture, education, health, and livelihood in the region. The main focus of GWED-G’s work is focused on peacebuilding and human rights concerns of those who are returning or have returned to their local communities after displacement. This includes all aspects of human rights such as basic social rights, rights to food, shelter, health and education, and elements of women’s peacebuilding modules on mediation skills, negotiation, reconciliation, and forgiveness. GWED-G is committed to working with women, youth, child mothers, orphans and vulnerable children, men, and community leaders. GWED-G promotes the rights of women and vulnerable populations by supporting innovative and groundbreaking initiatives in communities to encourage social change.
Our Project BY THE NUMBERS: Key metric: 500,000 - The number of individuals supported since 2011 Cost of project: $ What the money directly funded: Blood screenings, midwife trainings, agricultural support for HIV-positive expectant mothers etc
This year, GlobeMed at Columbia University raised over $21,000 to continue to fund our ongoing initiative to improve womenâ€™s access to healthcare, reduce stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, and decrease mother-to-child disease transmission.
Our project with GWED-G has three objectives: to increase knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS in the community, to train and build capacity of the HIV/AIDS health workers and community networks, and to promote maternal and infant health. Annually, the budget for our partnership is around $20,000. In 2015, the budget funded HIV/AIDS and family planning community awareness sessions as well as blood screenings to test for HIV/AIDS in 8 parishes, home visits to over 150 project beneficiaries (HIV positive mothers), and the establishment of a GWED-G counseling centre as support for women who had faced gender based violence, among other facets.
Our Partner Dear friends and partners, Warm greetings from GWED-G. I am delighted to share with you the impact from our partnership with GlobeMed at Columbia University. This partnership has evolved each year with key core results coming from our work. The students are proactive in mobilising resources and ensuring that the most vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS have access to services and comprehensive support. In total, the project has reached directly a number of new beneficiaries (lactating mothers) and indirect beneficiaries as well as been expanded across 18 districts. Key strategies used by GWED-G include integrated health, awareness creation and sensitizations, dialogue meetings, home visits, Voluntary Counselling and Testing, formation of youth groups as well as impacting community structure with VHTs and Role Model Men. I am happy to see key significant achievement including increased numbers of people attending Voluntary Counselling and Testing, babies being registered and confirmed as HIV negative, and increased deliveries at health facilities. Itâ€™s important to understand that HIV and complications of childbearing are the top causes of death among women of reproductive age in Uganda. Transforming the negative synergies between maternal health and HIV into opportunities to promote the health and well-being of women of reproductive age has been the best choice we took together with our student partner. On behalf of GWED-G and our impact groups in northern Uganda, I want to send my sincere appreciations for your meaningful support. We believe that realizing human rights is the essential first step to empower people and build just societies. When people are empowered to pursue their own destinies and have a voice in shaping solutions to problems, they are better equipped to overcome discrimination, violence, and poverty, and transform the lives of others. We shall continue to amplify the voices of our women and men living with HIV/AIDS. We thank you all who choose to support us and believe in our goal to promote access to HIV/AIDs services integrated with maternal and newborn health. Sincerely, Ms Pamela Angwech Executive Director, GWED-G
Campaigns Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad.
Chipotle Profit Sharing
Co-hosted an event with our local Chipotle in which half of the profits made went towards our project.
Krispy Kreme Sale
Held a fundraiser each semester selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Finals Dumpling Delivery
Held a fundraiser during which dumplings were sold and delivered to students during finals season.
Each semester a semi-formal gala event was held.
Valentine's Day Fortune Sold and delivered fortune cookies and messages that students pre-ordered. Cookie Sale
$360.38 $1496.10 $520
Crepes with toppings were sold at two student-life events during the year.
Members reached out to family and friends.
HillTop Conference & Afterparty
Hosted our annual HillTop Conference for GlobeMed students around the Northeast.
Kaplan MCAT Course
Sold two Kaplan MCAT courses donated to us through our partnership with Kaplan.
Total funds raised for GWED-G in 2016-2017:
Since 2011, GlobeMed at Columbia University has raised over $70,000 to support GWED-G in Gulu, Uganda.
Chapter Highlights HILLTOP 2016: EMERGE Hilltop is the largest annual global health conference hosted at Columbia University. Hilltop brought together a record 150 passionate delegates from eleven GlobeMed chapters across the northeast for a weekend of lectures, workshops, and breakout sessions to examine health and resilience in post-conflict settings. This conference provided an unparalleled opportunity for students to learn from and network with global health leaders, sparked conversations to encourage nuanced perspectives on global health, and inspired students to reflect on their chapter's project and partnership.
GLOBAL HEALTH AND FOREIGN POLICY PANEL Columbia GlobeMed presented an interdisciplinary panel on Global Health & Foreign Policy on April 27th. Students joined us for panel with graduate professors, researchers, and public health professionals as we discussed how the changing US political climate might affect health both domestically and internationally. This event was co-sponsored by Delta GDP, Columbiaâ€™s global development student organization.
Community Building Through service and team-building events, community and camaraderie is fostered around global health and social justice within GlobeMed chapters, the GlobeMed network and surrounding communities.
Total number of chapter members in 2015 – 2016:  Number of community-building events:  GlobeMed had a wonderful opportunity this past semester to learn more about Uganda and it’s neighboring countries. Our weekly activities were broken down in accordance to each Sunday of the month. Every first Sunday we participated in a game night - the purpose of the game night was to foster a group connection via team building exercises. Every second Sunday we participated in a cultural immersion event - here we learned more about different cultures and customs within African countries through trivia games, food tastings, videos, and conversations. For a couple of our third Sunday’s, we debuted an Open Mic Night: an activity in which we provided an open floor for performances from members within the general body to showcase their talents; we had the privilege to witness a choreographed hula dance, a dynamic song selection, and a poetry reading. The fourth Sunday of every month provided us with an opportunity as a group to wind down from the months’ various events - we participated in a ‘KickBack.’ Our KickBack consisted of deep, insightful conversations, a couple of snacks, and a selection of music filled with spirited synths and chords to help energize and ignite our dialogues. We had a wonderful opportunity to partner with neighboring Caribbean/African restaurants and form long-standing relationships based on our chapter’s mission. We used these restaurant partnerships to cater our three events: retreat, a grow + eboard bonding dinner, and a cultural end-of-term potluck for prospective Columbia Students/GlobeMed members.
globalhealthU globalhealthU is GlobeMed’s signature year-long global health curriculum. This student-designed and driven program equips students with the critical thinking skills that will inform a life of leadership for global health.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” ~Nelson Mandela In order to enact change on a global scale, we must be informed and educated, not only of our partnership community in Gulu, Uganda, but also of the issues and happenings in our locality. As ghU coordinators, our responsibility was to ensure that our chapter’s members were well versed in global health issues and terminology so that they could be active contributors to the ongoing conversation. The whole experience turned out to be so much more rewarding, however, as we came to realize that our members’ diverse backgrounds created a kaleidoscope of perspectives through which to explore pressing issues in global health. Our favorite ghU sessions were the ones in which we dissected current events that tied to health. We would start with a review of media (e.g. newspaper articles) and scholarly sources, and then open the floor to discussion, facilitating the flow of ideas by first having members discuss ideas in smaller groups and then summarizing their discussion to the larger group as a whole. In particular, out of our 11 ghU sessions, our favorite was one in which we explored Healthcare Hotspotting, a data-driven process to identify patterns of health-seeking behavior in particular regions of the healthcare system. We engaged in discussion stimulated by a case study, and mulled over topics such as the economic feasibility of this healthcare approach. Overall, our ghU sessions this past year were very productive, and improved significantly in terms of open discussion and involvement of all our members.
KEY QUESTIONS WE ASKED THIS YEAR How does cultural awareness factor into global health?
How can we use our members’ diverse backgrounds to expand our global perspectives?
What can we learn from current events in global health that we can apply to our partnership?
How do we translate our ghU discussions into tangible action?
What change can we create on a local scale?
globalhealthU highlights from the year
ghU Retreat Trivia Game We kicked off our semesters of ghU with a retreat for our new and old members, during which the ghU team held a trivia game with questions about global health, GlobeMed, our partner organization GWED-G, and the world in general to get members excited about learning over the semester.
Guest Speaker: National Organizer for Health Gap and SGAC One of the members of our ghU team invited Emily Sanderson, who is the National Organizer for Health Gap and SGAC. She spoke about how we could act as students and what steps we can take, especially when seeking to network with the right people to create change. She connected us to a variety of resources in our community.
Guest Speaker: Thet Naing One of our very own members, not in the ghU team, gave a presentation that tied into one of our ghU sessions about the Rohingyan Genocide in Burma, and how their voices are missing from the global conversation despite the trials they are going through.
# of GROW Interns: Length of Stay:
weeks DATES OF TRAVEL:
GROW Internship Grassroots Onsite Work
Through Grassroots On-site Work (GROW) internships, students build capacity of their partner organization, engage in mutual learning, and ensure long-term stability of their partnership. During the GROW Internship, our interns are able to volunteer their time at GWED-G, located in Gulu, Uganda. During their time there, they are busy documenting the work that GWED-G does through videos and online blogs. The interns are able to travel with GWED-G workers to the remote villages located in Northern Uganda and have a first-hand knowledge of the support that GWED-G provides to these populations. Not only that, our GROW interns work hard on Columbia’s project of helping mothers with HIV. We do this by delivering Mama kits, seeds, and interviewing mothers to see how they have benefitted from our program, and how our program can expand.
“ I came to Gulu not knowing what to expect, but I have learned so much within these past couple weeks about Uganda and the inspiring work GWED-G is committed to doing to promote human rights, gender equality, women's empowerment, and maternal health.”
-- Lynn Dao, c/o 2020
Finances In 2016-2017, GlobeMed at Columbia raised over $21,000 for GWED-G to support projects in Gulu, Uganda.
Revenue Events (Campaigns)
Internal Chapter Revenue
Sent to Partner Total sent to partner that was fundraised in the 2016-2017 academic year Total sent to partner that was fundraised prior to the 2016-2017 academic year TOTAL SENT TO PARTNER IN 2016-2017 Current Cash Position
$0 $21,000 $2720.56
GlobeMed at Columbia
Our Future Dear Friends, As we reflect on an inspiring and innovative year, our members are excited to build upon our momentum in the 2017-2018 school year. This yearâ€™s GROW team has just returned from their 5-week summer internship in Gulu with fresh enthusiasm, deepened knowledge of the efforts on the ground, and concrete actionables for our partnership. We are so grateful to have learned from Pamela Angwech and GWED-G these past 9 years, and our main priority moving forward is to evolve with our tireless, ever-growing partner. Most notably, our grant team will apply for funding to introduce a nutrition component to our project. As a part of the Columbia community, we plan to expand our role on campus by collaborating with multicultural student organizations and partnering with other social justice groups in order to facilitate discussion amongst a wider audience. In addition, we plan to engage with our community here in New York by supporting local advocacy efforts with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. We are so thankful for your continued support of our chapter and mission. We feel blessed to be a part of this powerful network of students and professionals devoted to realizing global health equity. To learn more about our maternal health and HIV prevention project and donate, please visit us at: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/promote-equity-hiv-prevention-uganda/ Sincerely, Addy Zou and Abrar Nadroo 2017-2018 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at Columbia GlobeMed has been an incredible part of my four years at Columbia. No other organization allowed me the same opportunity to cultivate my passion for global health all while connecting with my incredibly talented peers. To know that our GlobeMed chapter will continue to grow and our partnership will continue to strengthen is so promising and I wish the best for everyone who has the privilege of sticking with GlobeMed at Columbia for another year! - Veronica Handunge, Columbia College â€˜17
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Supporters A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2015 â€“ 2016 year a great success:
Thanks to our family and friends for their continued support and commitment to our project.
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