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GlobeMed at Columbia University 2015 – 2016 ANNUAL REPORT


Pastoral de La Salud | San Salvador, El Salvador ICOD Action Network | Lyantonde, Uganda Rural Economic Development Association | Svay Rieng, Cambodia 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 Trailblazer Foundation| Siem Reap, Cambodia Health Development Initiative | Kigali, Rwanda Jambi Huasi | Otavalo, Ecuador Hope Through Health | Kara, Togo Gardens for Health International | Gasabo, Rwanda Light for Children | Kumasi, Ghana Knowledge for Children | Kumbo, Cameroon Young 1ove| Gabarone, Botswana Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization | Masaka, Uganda Adonai Child Development Center| Namugoga, Uganda Feed the World | Piura, Peru COVE Alliance| Kapeeka, Uganda A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope | Managua, Nicaragua ChangeALife Uganda | Migyera, Uganda Light for Children | Kumasi, Ghana Burmese Women’s Union | Mae Sot, Thailand Maison de Naissance | Torbeck, Haiti PHASE Nepal| Kathmandu, Nepal Asociación de Personas Afectadas por Tuberculosis del Perú | Lima, Peru Social Action for Women | Mae Sot, Thailand Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative| Mukono, Uganda Buddhism for Social Development Action | Kampong Cham, Cambodia Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation (PEOF) | Morazán, El Salvador Kyetume Community Based Health Care (KCBHCP)| Mukono, Uganda Raising the Village | Kampala, Uganda Population Education Development Association | Vientiane, Laos Lwala Community Alliance | Lwala, Kenya 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 MINDS Foundation| Vadodara, India Children of Peace| Lira, Uganda Uganda Development and Health Associates | Iganga, Uganda Kigezi Healthcare Foundation| Kabale, Uganda 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 – the ability to not only survive but thrive – is possible for all people, regardless of where they call home.

We believe every human life has equal worth and every person deserves the chance to thrive. This belief has drawn together our network of students, communities, and supporters from all walks of life and from every corner of the world. Health for all is within our grasp, but we can only achieve it by working together.

Message from

The Co-Presidents Dear Friends, Thank you for your dedicated support to our chapter. This summer, five of our members went on GROW working with Gulu Women’s Economic Development & Globalization (GWED-G) in Gulu, Uganda. In the last year, our partnership with GWED-G has grown stronger as our chapter continues to strengthen internally. This year, we sent over $18,000 to GWED-G, largely in part of your support and the hard work of our chapter members. These funds go towards GWED-G’s amazing projects including HIV counseling and testing, training and capacity building of health workers, and incorporating Gender Based Violence awareness into HIV prevention. Through its work, GWED-G empowers HIV positive mothers and creates long lasting positive impact in Gulu at all ages in society- youth, men and women. We are truly grateful for our chapter. Last semester, we added many wonderful new members with various academic disciplines and backgrounds . They were able to join in mid-year and further the work of the chapter, adding significant value to activities. The chapter’s hard work led to a 278% increase in campaign fundraising capabilities (not including individual giving). We are extremely proud of how much our chapter of over 45 members has accomplished this year. We have engaged the Columbia community through new advocacy events including “Choose Your Own Adventure,” been successful in solidifying our grant writing practices, revamped our web-based platforms, and held our fifth annual HillTop Conferences inviting GlobeMed students from chapters throughout the East Coast. Together, the chapter has increased transparency and communication within and focused on increasing community building. As we embark on the new year with our members, we are excited to see how our chapter and partnership with GWED-G continue to grow stronger and more sustainable. Sincerely, Veronica Handunge & Francesca Polycarpe 2016 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at Columbia

About our Chapter

GlobeMed at Columbia Our chapter was founded in 2008 by a group of dedicated and passionate Columbia University undergraduate students with a vision for global health equity. Since then, our chapter has grown in number and impact. Currently, GlobeMed at Columbia is a 50-student chapter with a strong alumni network. This year marks the 7th year of our partnership with GWED-G and our 6th successful GROW internship. Our chapter raised over $18,000 for GWED-G in the past year and hosted more than 15 campaigns on campus to raise funds and increase awareness about global health and social justice. Our project with GWED-G assists over 140,000 individuals in Gulu, either through direct provision of healthcare or through indirect changes within the community.

since our founding in 2008, our chapter has grown from 12 to 50 members

since our founding in 2008, our chapter has raised over $150,000

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 with 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: $22,644.08 What the money directly funded: Blood screenings, midwife trainings, agricultural support for HIV-positive expectant mothers etc

This year, GlobeMed at Columbia University raised $18,105 to fund a project that aims to improve women’s access to healthcare in Gulu Uganda. Our partner, GWED-G, aims to empower Ugandan women, particularly mothers who are HIV-positive, to make effective decisions concerning their rights and health.

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.

Message from

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 92 new beneficiaries (lactating mothers) and 3,551 indirect beneficiaries. 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, 100 babies being registered and confirmed as HIV negative, and increased deliveries at 5 health facilities. Additionally, a total of 3,351 people have been reached with sensitisation campaigns. It’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. Below is a select list of campaigns for the 2015-2016 school year.

Event Title

Event Description


Krispy Kreme for Global Health Equity

GlobeMed partnered with Krispy Kreme’s Fundraising twice this year to raise awareness/funds about and for our project.


Beta Mixer

Our chapter partnered with a campus greek organization to promote our project, raise funds, and get to know our Columbia community.


GlobeMed Gala

GlobeMed organized two galas to bring together members of our chapter and raise money for our project.


Finals Dumplings Delivery

With the help of a local restaurant, GlobeMed organized two dumpling sales.

Hilltop Conference and CU GlobeMed hosted our annual Hilltop Conference as well as an after-party to bring After-Party

$950 $3,456.50

together GlobeMed students from all over the Northeast!

MCN Pitching Competition

Our Millennium Campus Network Fellows pitched our project with GWED-G and won the grand prize at the competition

Individual Giving

Members reached out to family and friends.

Total funds raised for GWED-G in 2015-2016:




This year, GlobeMed at Columbia raised over $18,000 for our partner organization, GWED-G in Gulu, Uganda!

Campaign Highlights

GlobeMet Gala! GlobeMed at Columbia successfully hosted 2 chapter Galas! The gala helped raise over $1900 and had more than 200 people in attendance!

Dumplings Delivery The chapter organized two Dumplings Drives during final exams which raised both awareness about our project and $950!

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: 50 Number of community-building events: 20 To foster community building within the chapter, GlobeMed at Columbia held study breaks, group dinners, a buddy system that paired old members with new ones, and a semi-annual retreat that introduced new members to the GlobeMed family. Through these events, we created an open and caring environment that fostered better discussions, more active participation, and a more unified organization.

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.

This past year, globalhealthU was broken into two parts. First semester, a curriculum that closely followed those used in global health classes across universities was implemented to provide an overview of many global health topics. Connections to current global health issues were made via discussions during meeting. In order to further engage the chapter, every member was given the unique opportunity to help the coordinators come up with a lesson plan for a globalhealthU session. One club-wide benefit of this approach to teaching and learning was that all members became acquainted with enough knowledge to carry on in-depth discussions on global health with those outside of the club. Second semester was focused on current world issues and events. Important concepts from first semester were recalled. This approach allowed everyone to 1) review the concepts from the previous semester and 2) see how the concepts are directly applied in the study of global health. There was also greater emphasis on learning about GWED-G and the impact it has had in Gulu, Uganda.


Why do human rights exist? Is health a human right? How are rights influenced by one’s environment? How do we translate human rights into action? How are health care systems around the world organized? How can health care systems be organized to create positive change?

globalhealthU highlights from the year

Choose Your Own Adventure Members of Columbia’s undergraduate community joined GlobeMed for an interactive adventure exploring our project. Attendees heard various life scenarios of GWED-G beneficiaries based on a chosen path/circumstance. For instance, participants chose whether they wanted to be a man or woman, married or unmarried, attend marriage counseling or counseling for a parent’s death, etc. Reading snippets of a beneficiary’s experience successfully helped students get a glimpse of challenges faced in Gulu.

Beads, Bags, and Bae On Valentine’s Day, in addition to selling handcrafted beads and bags by the women in Gulu, we sold cute Mason jar gifts stuffed with condoms and chocolate kisses. Each jar was topped it off with a pink bow--a perfect gift for bae! Supplementing this sale was a poster board with trivia questions about HIV, its spread, prevalence, and deaths.

Fish for health equity! At a school wide showcase for clubs and dance teams, GlobeMed created a game called “Fish for health equity.” Students threw a ball into one of many arranged cups and read the contained fact. If a student’s aim was good enough, they may have even found some candy in their cup! Facts included awareness about GWED-G and its programs, such as its Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA), Mama kits, and role model men.

World Day of Social Justice February 20, 2016

The lure of free food certainly attracted many to our event, Shark Tank: Global Health Edition. We hosted Sarah Endres (Program Senior Associate at Global Health Corps), Keith Myers (Global Talent Assistant at Global Health Corps), Kelly Moltzen (Program Manager from Bronx Health REACH), and Susan Michaels-Strasser (Senior Implementation Director and Associate Director for Nursing Programs for ICAP). After learning about Global Health Corps, the obesity epidemic, and responses to the ebola crisis, the audience split into groups with each speaker to discuss challenges they have encountered in their work. Students brainstormed solutions to these challenges, and speakers provided feedback based on their own experiences about how those issues were tackled.

2016 Summit

GlobeMed’s 10th Summit: A Celebration of Community The annual GlobeMed Global Health Summit brings together university students from across the nation for three days of intensive lectures and workshops with representatives from grassroots global health organizations and a range of experts. "Participating in my second Summit allowed me one last chance as an undergraduate to connect with some of the best and brightest young change-makers throughout the country. Network-wide events allow me to engage critically with issues dear to me as I participate in thoughtful conversations about global health disparities and social justice movements. I've made incredible friends through GlobeMed's Summit and hope my chapter continues to participate in years to come. There's nothing like the GlobeMed community and I know my connection to GlobeMed will influence my future greatly." --Sarah Stern ‘16

List of 2016 Summit delegates: Francesca Polycarpe Veronica Handunge Sarah Stern Trip Eggert

# of GROW Interns: 5 Length of Stay: 4 Weeks Dates of travel: May 20thJune 23rd

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.

GROW interns had the amazing opportunity to work at GWED-G for a month. During this time, students saw how the work we sponsor is actualized, met the wonderful staff of GWED-G, and had touching conversations with our beneficiaries. Both students and GWED-G staff looked back on the year’s work and planned for the coming year as partners.

“GROW was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It is one thing to read about and discuss the health challenges Ugandans face, and the solutions GWED-G offers, but to be a part of the work being done, to hear the local’s concerns and demands, as well as the staffer’s experiences is eye-opening and inspirational” -- Ricardo Tuma, July 2016

Finances In 2015-2016, GlobeMed at Columbia raised $18,105 for GWED-G to support projects in Gulu, Uganda.

Revenue Events (Campaigns)










Internal Chapter Revenue




Expenses Campaigns






Sent to Partner Total sent to partner that was fundraised in the 2015-2016 academic year Total sent to partner that was fundraised prior to the 2015-2016 academic year TOTAL SENT TO PARTNER IN 2015-2016 Current Cash Position


$163 $18,105 0

GlobeMed at Columbia

Our Future Dear Friends, Looking back on a memorable year filled with hard work and passion, we are eager to see our chapter continue to grow in the 2016-2017 academic year. We strive to generate greater enthusiasm and stronger community engagement as we bolster our partnership and expand our HIV prevention project with GWED-G. Our 2016 GROW interns have recently returned from Gulu with actionable plans to enhance our fundraising and advocacy efforts. We are equipped with a newly streamlined budget that targets key features of our project for utmost impact. The GROW team has also created a vlog series that depicts their activities in Gulu in addition to “Humans of Gulu,” a new Instagram campaign that recounts stories of women’s empowerment and social change among our beneficiaries. We hope that these materials will help us in our goal to better relay project initiatives to our broader network. Within our chapter, we wish to continue last year’s enhanced focus on bringing detailed project information to our members. Expanding on the creation of the Director of Partnerships position, we plan to have regular partnership sessions to teach our members about each subsection of our three main objectives. Additionally, we aim to move forward with corporate and local sponsor outreach to aid with overall fundraising. This new effort will supplement our annual HillTop conference, which will focus on reactions to post-conflict, and other large-scale advocacy events. Our executive board has already started to plan for the upcoming academic year, creating a schedule of projected events, booking space on campus, and brainstorming creative marketing and communications initiatives to increase our chapter’s reach within the Columbia community. We have also begun restructuring our application process and planning community building events to reinforce chapter relations and morale. As always, we are extremely thankful for your devoted support to our chapter and partnership. We are blessed to have such a robust support system to help us evolve and aim higher every year. To learn more about our work and to donate please visit us at Sincerely, Francesca Polycarpe and Veronica Handunge 2016 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at Columbia

“GlobeMed has definitely helped me professionally, but mostly GlobeMed is such a huge part of my life because it's become integral to who I am. It has put me among people who are passionate, critical activists, and pushed me to become a better person." Trip Eggert, '16

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Executive Board GlobeMed at Columbia Co-President

Veronica Handunge



Francesca Polycarpe


VP Operations

Kavya Shivashankar


VP Finances

Sophie Rothman


Director of Partnerships

Rachel Kopunova


GROW Coordinator

Ricardo De Luca e Tuma |

globalhealthU Coordinator

Trip Eggert


globalhealthU Coordinator

Walid Rahman


Fundraising Coordinator

Caroline Midy


Fundraising Coordinator

Ryan Bathras


Grant Writing Coordinator

Christie Corn


Director of Communications

Adelaide Zou


Anusha Ponduri


Director of Advocacy

Leah Samuels


Director of Advocacy

Tulsi Patel


Director of Community Building

Supporters A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2015 – 2016 year a great success:



Thanks to our family and friends for their continued support and commitment to our project.

ADP Beta Bronx Health REACH Columbia University The Ellington Global Heath Corps. ICAP Krispy Kreme Lion’s Head Malaysia Grill Thai Market University Housewares Westside Market

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GlobeMed at Columbia University Annual Report 2015-2016  
GlobeMed at Columbia University Annual Report 2015-2016