GLOBEMED AT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 2011-2012 Annual Report
students and communities improving health around the world
GlobeMed is a network of university students that partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of people living in poverty FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY ARM Orissa, India
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY Medical AIDS Outreach Montgomery, Alabama
UNC-CHAPEL HILL Health Alert Uganda Gulu, Uganda
BETHEL UNIVERSITY Rural Economic Development Association Svay Rieng, Cambodia
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY RVCP, Butare, Rwanda Community of Hope Washington, D.C.
RHODES COLLEGE A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope Managua, Nicaragua
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME PEDA Vientiane, Laos
BOSTON COLLEGE CCC-UNSCH Ayacucho, Peru
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY Primeros Pasos Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY Cooperation for Social Services and Development Phnom Penh, Cambodia
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER Kallpa Iquitos Iquitos, Peru
BROWN UNIVERSITY Ungano Tena Nairobi, Kenya
INDIANA UNIVERSITY CEMOPLAF Cajabamba Cajabamba, Ecuador
TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY Maison de Naissance Torbeck, Haiti
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CareNet Ghana Hohoe, Ghana
BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY KIHEFO Kabale, Uganda
LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY Health Development Initiative Kigali, Rwanda
TUFTS UNIVERSITY Nyaya Health Achham, Nepal
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN Clinica Ana Manganaro Guarjila, El Salvador
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY GWED-G Gulu, Uganda
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO Jambi Huasi Otovalo, Ecuador
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ASPAT Lima, Peru
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Build Your Future Today Center Siem Reap, Cambodia
CORNELL UNIVERSITY CEPAIPA Guayaquil, Ecuador
MIT Women Mobilizing for Development Bokeo, Laos
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI Social Action for Women Mae Sot, Thailand
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON WDA Phnom Penh, Cambodia
CU-BOULDER HHC, Jawalakhel, Nepal Courage Is Change Denver, Colorado
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE Gardens for Health International Gasabo, Rwanda
UCLA Nwoya Youth Center Anaka, Uganda
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON COWS Kampong Thom, Cambodia
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE Kachin Women’s Association Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization Masaka, Uganda
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER Buddhism and Society Development Association Kampong Cham, Cambodia
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY Dios es Amor Lima, Peru
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY ASOSAP Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY HOPE Center Ho, Ghana
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Tiyatien Health Zwedru, Liberia Joy-Southfield Detroit, Michigan
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS UDHA Iganga, Uganda
DUKE UNIVERSITY Salud Sin Límites Siuna, Nicaragua
OBERLIN COLLEGE Center for Community Health Promotion Hanoi, Vietnam
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY KCRC Bushenyi District, Uganda
WHITMAN COLLEGE Burmese Women’s Union Chiang Mai, Thailand
EMORY UNIVERSITY MAP Foundation Chiang Mai, Thailand
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY ACUDESBAL Chiapas, Mexico
AMHERST COLLEGE Pastoral de La Salud San Salvador, El Salvador
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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.
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.
PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE GlobeMed at the George Washington University
Dear family, friends and supporters, It has been my honor to co-lead the GWU chapter of GlobeMed over the past two years. After the success during our 2010 school year, Melissa Wong and I strove to maintain and enrich the enthusiasm and passion that are so intrinsic to our organization. With the addition of 15 new members, shifts within our executive board, and a thorough program reorganization, 2011 began with excellent potential. With our numerous events, including our bar nights, 5K runs, coffee houses, and BBQ, we succeeded in raising both funds and awareness about our cause throughout campus and within the greater DC area. Our most memorable and successful event, the Benefit Dinner, was both educational and provocative, and set a high standard for future such events. Due to phenomenal external and internal support, we were able to fund an additional Maternal Health Education Program in the winter, and we continue to support this program on a biannual basis. Overall, it has been an incredibly rewarding and educational year. Without all of your support, encouragement and commitment, however, we would not have been able to reach our high-set goals. On behalf of Melissa Wong and myself, I thank you for all your hard work and dedicated time - it has meant this difference between being a successful organization and an outstanding one. Sincerely, Eliza Mette, Co-President of GlobeMed at the George Washington University.
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2011 – 2012 AT A GLANCE
4 OUR PARTNER 5
GRASSROOTS ON-SITE WORK INTERNSHIP
10 WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE 11 GLOBEMED GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT 12 OUR FUTURE 13 FINANCES 14 STAY CONNECTED 15 THANK YOU
GlobeMed at the George Washington University
GlobeMed at the George Washington University (GWU) was founded in the Spring of 2007. The previous December, GlobeMed's Co-Founders, Victor Roy and Peter Luckow, discovered a university-based organization in Rwanda called the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP). They partnered this organization with GlobeMed at GWU that spring and a beautiful partnership was born. Since then, GlobeMed at GWU has funded four projects that RVCP has implemented. In total, GlobeMed at GWU has raised over $45,000 and has witnessed this progress by sending a total of 18 students to intern in Huye, Rwanda with RVCP.
since our founding in january 2007 , our chapter has grown from 04 to 30 members.
Rwanda Village Concept Project WORKS IN RWANDA VILLAGE CONCEPT PROJECT POPULATION: 290,677
KEY FACT: Infant mortality rate: 60.04 deaths/1,000 live births KEY FACT: Expected fertility rate per woman: 5
Since the Rwandan Genocide, the Huye District has been working on improving infrastructure and the standard of living. The majority of the population farms for a living (90%) and family incomes are low; however, the local government is focused on progress. Local government agencies cite maternal health and improving the health of the next generations as their greatest healthcare goal. There is a huge emphasis on education in healthcare services, which is appropriate due to the close proximity of the National University. Still, there is a deficit of service centers, equipment and supplies, and doctors in the area for routine procedures.
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ABOUT RWANDA VILLAGE CONCEPT PROJECT FOUNDED IN 2000 RVCP was founded under the goal of providing sustainable healthcare fueled by self-reliant citizens. Students from the local National University noticed that there was a great need for healthcare in rural Huye, and that they could empower local citizens to build an infrastructure for these services. Their main projects are income generation, maternal health, malaria prevention, and family health and planning. GlobeMed GWU joined them in 2005 to support their goals of an updated clinic that would serve as an information and healthcare hub for families across the district.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER Rwanda Village Concept Project Dear all, On behalf of Rwanda-VCP, the community we serve and the International participants, I would like to express specials thanks to the GLOBEMED GWU chapter and RVCP members for the experience and commitment they have shown and shared during this year of 2011. Rwanda Village Concept Project is an international voluntary organization run by students at National University of Rwanda. The overall goal of Rwanda-VCP is to improve the living standards and health conditions of underprivileged communities and to develop capacities of students involved in the project, it is in that regards we have partnered with that chapter to reach our goal through the Huye health clinic capacity building as well as the Maternal health care education program. This year, I have been experiencing working with this chapter , and this lead to the great achievement on behalf of RVCP and the whole community we serve in general. February 2011, I visited this Chapter for better understanding of Globe med and how they works especially where they get the funds to support our activities, during this time I have got the clear explanations about the efforts they are using to get the funds, through the events organized in Washington DC and I attended one of these event and we collaborate on the creation of the global giving pages which is the tool for online fundraising May 2011, we hosted the 5 members from GlobeMed to work on the fields, it has been a great achieving team, they help on the follow up of last year target group of Maternal Health care Education Program(MHEP), at the same time the Construction of the waiting room to be used as class for MHEP sessions and the place where the patients can sit and wait for service from the health clinic instead of lying down as they used to do before. After that, they helped on the initiation of the new target group made of the women with malnourished kids, they have really committed on the preparations and development of the new teaching materials .They have been also able to share the knowledge and skills with RVCP members about proposals writing and different strategies of fundraising, the information which was really important for our members and the organization in general. Working with this Chapter, helped me to know how much is really valuable to have a certain time to communicate with partners to share updates and plan together what you want to do, not only in case of any inquiry or starting and ending the project. Based on the great partnership between RVCP and GLOBEMED GWU chapter, both studentsâ€™ volunteering organizations, we will continue to use knowledge and experience shared during this work to shape our personality for better society. VINCENT NDEBWANIMANA RVCP OUTGOING COORDINATOR 2011 RVCP ADVISOR
Rwanda Village Concept Project Why maternal health?
GlobeMed at GWU
Maternal health is an often overlooked issue in healthcare. With a high infant mortality rate and a lack of information accessible to mothers in the area, it is important to fill this gap in healthcare equality. When the initial assessment was run, we found that many mothers engaged in unhealthy practices while pregnant, did not have access to the healthcare they needed before, during or after delivery, and often did not have information on family planning so that their subsequent pregnancies could be positive experiences. Also, the healthcare that they did have was not sustainable.
100 FAMILIES WILL BE POSITIVELY IMPACTED.
$10,000 TO PURCHASE GOATS, EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, MEALS FOR THE MOTHERS IN THE MATERNAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS.
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Supporting the collaborative effort of students to improve the health outcomes and futures of deserving women in Huye, Rwanda." In the 2011-2012 school year we made great success by funding a second Maternal Health & Income Generation Program - we are now able to support this program on a biannual basis. The program itself consists of fifty women, whose children are the fifty most malnourished children at the clinic. The ten education sessions that are conducted prior to the distribution of goats were held in the new waiting room this year. The clinic itself is accessible to a population of nearly 60,000 people, and we hope to screen focus groups on the television in the waiting room that all visitors can view.
CAMPAIGNS Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad.
5K Run For Rwanda
We held a 5K run on GW's Mount Vernon Campus, recruiting members of the GW community to participate in this event as individuals or even teams. We also received donations from local stores such as Whole Foods to support our event.
Info session, video presentation, musical performances at our local Rwandan Coffee store, Bourbon Coffee
Evening at a favorite bar with GlobeMed specials and covers at the door.
Black tie evening with global health panel
Hydrate For Humanity
We sold GlobeMed at GWU water bottles to GW students, parents, faculty, and staff.
Members of GlobeMed at GWU sold baked goods to GW students throughout campus several times during the school year.
Members reached out to friends and family to help support our partner.
$2500 $798 $613 $9370.27
Total funds raised for RVCP in 2011-2012:
$15,302 Since 2009, GlobeMed at GWU has raised $21,000 to support projects in the community of our partner, Rwanda Village Concept Project.
globalhealthU globalhealthU is GlobeMedâ€™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.
2011-2012 CURRICULUM ORIENTATION Chapter members were equipped with a thorough understanding of the values of GlobeMed and explored their personal values. POVERTY AND HEALTH Chapters conceptualized poverty and sought to explore the connections between global health and poverty.
GlobalhealthU is how we make sure, as Globemedders and individuals, that we are informed and responsible members of the international healthcare community. Without a commitment to continued education and exploration into current issues and basic tenants of global health, we could not be serving our partner organizations to the best of our ability. Global Health U forces all of our members to challenge their traditional thoughts on aid, charity, cultural views, and even personal belief systems, hopefully leading to a greater personal conviction in what they come to believe after being a part of GlobeMed. This year especially, our members had to challenge their views on poverty: what causes it, who is vulnerable, what drastic changes it can make in individuals lives and to whole communities, and what the responsible ways to fight it might look like.
THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS We considered the views of six developmental economists to explored the root causes and paths out of poverty. INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION Chapters conducted an indepth investigation on a topic of interest. STUDENTSâ€™ ROLE Following a critical discussion of our role in perpetuating poverty, we sought to understand how we can be effective advocates. REFLECTION Chapters reflected on the year behind them both as individuals and in the context of their chapter.
COMMUNITY BUILDING Â 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 # OF CHAPTER MEMBERS: # OF COMMUNITY BUILDING EVENTS:
# OF HOURS VOLUNTEERED WITH LOCAL PARTNER, COMMUNITY OF HOPE:
For the first time in our chapter's history, GlobeMed at GWU had a chapter retreat. We spent the weekend doing team-building activities, engaging in intense global health U discussions, and strengthening our friendships. Although this was our most significant community building event, it was not our only one. In
“The aspect of Rwandan culture that has been most evident, for me at least, is the distinct harmony and cooperation among the Rwandan people. There exists an equilibrium of sorts, among the automobiles, pedestrians, moto-taxis, and natural landscape. People are less focused on themselves, and more focused on the general well-being of the greater population.” – Melissa Wong, c/o 2012
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[GRASSROOTS ON-SITE WORK]
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MAY 19 2012 – JULY 17 2012
# OF GROW INTERNS: LENGTH OF STAY:
WORK DESCRIPTION: This year the interns are working with the Rwanda Village Concept Project to implement our Maternal Health Education Program. Each week they will help conduct one session, ranging from nutrition to HIV/ AIDS. In addition to assisting with the program, the interns are working to create an evaluation program that will track the progress and long-term success of the MHEP
Through Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) internships, students build capacity of their partner organization, engage in mutual learning, and ensure long-term stability of their partnership.
2012 GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT
2012 DELEGATES: Melissa Wong
"Summit was one of the most rewarding and fun GlobeMed experiences I had all year! Getting to learn and work alongside fellow GlobeMedders from around the country made for a truly inspiring weekend."
-- Melissa Wong
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.
“GlobeMed helped me to integrate my academic interests with my personal interests in a tangible way. I got to explore diﬀerent aspects of global health firsthand while also bringing my passion for global health to GW's campus. I value the experiences I had with GlobeMed highly and will always remember them fondly.” - Eliza Mette, c/o 2012
This summer, our GROW team will focus on maternal health education as we continue to support this program with our fundraising and collaborative efforts. As more and more women undergo our Maternal Health Education Program (MHEP), the number of members in the program's income generation cooperative also increases. To maximize the efficiency of this cooperative, we are dividing the cooperative into three different groups of income generating activities: agriculture, cassava flour production, and local market sales. We also hope to continue to expand the Rukira Health Clinic where MHEP sessions are held and where women can receive clinical care.
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FINANCES In 2011 â€“ 2012, GlobeMed at the George Washington University raised $15,302 for Rwanda Village Concept Project to support projects in Butare, Rwanda. CAMPAIGN DONATIONS!
Revenue! Events !
Miscellaneous (i.e. member dues)!
OPERATIONS & GRANTS!
Current Finances! Cash Reserves!
2012-2013 University Funding! EXISTING BALANCE!
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A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2011 â€“ 2012 year a great success:
Pamela Barnes Mehret Mandefro Barbara Miller Richard Skolnik
Bourbon Coffee Community of Hope Rugby Bar and Grill Whole Foods at Foggy Bottom The Global Gender Initiative at the Elliott School of International Affairs The Women's Leadership Program EnGender Health
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