GlobeMed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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, What an amazing year it has been for GlobeMed at MIT! We are thrilled to update you with the progress we have made during the 2016-2017 school year. Last year, we sought out to strengthen our community within GlobeMed at MIT while continuing to deepen our partnership with Hope Through Health. Our priorities for the year included advocacy and how to channel our passions and voice into action along with thinking critically about our role and how we can further and more effectively impact Hope Through Health. We had a year full of exciting events, including our third annual Gala for Hope and our fourth annual spring conference, allowing for the chance to connect with exciting and inspiring speakers and the passionate individuals from the whole Boston community. We spent the fall semester working on a local advocacy project with Health Care Without Walls helping them roll out a new Electronic Medical Record system. Led by our motivated campaigns team, we continued to fundraise on campus introducing new fundraising events including a hugely successful Motherâ€™s Day Postcard Sale Matching Campaign, and continuing our iconic Ugly Sweater sale, and Pagne and Shades Against Aids campaigns. Overall, we raised almost $10,000 and continued to grow in terms of our membership, events, and determination! Our partner continues to make strides in Togo as they launched a groundbreaking maternal and child health expansion project, which has already served thousands of patients. Additionally, they are almost finished constructing a new maternity ward. We thank Hope Through Health, Association Espoir pour Demain, the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center at MIT, GlobeMed Global Headquarters, and all of our friends and network for their constant support. Finally, our members have inspired us everyday and we cannot thank each and everyone enough for the endless time, drive, and thought put into our organization. We canâ€™t wait to see the further progress we make over the next year!
Sincerely, Mads Jenkins and Devin Williams 2016-2017 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at MIT
About our Chapter
GlobeMed at MIT
GlobeMed at MIT was founded in 2011 and has been partnered with Hope Through Health since 2012. Over the past three years, the club has expanded from a handful of members to now almost 50 committed students. Since the beginning of our partnership, we have sent seven teams to Togo with the goal of building the clinic's technical capacity, raised over $40,000, and won several awards for outstanding student leadership at MIT.
since our founding in 2011, our chapter has grown from 8 to 44 members
since our founding in 2011, our chapter has raised over $40,000 for our partner Hope through Health
7 out of 10 people lack access to adequate healthcare, and 1 out of 10 children born will not live to see their fifth birthday.
Our Partnership Hope Through Health (HTH)
Founded in 2004 Hope Through Health began in 2004 when a group of U.S Peace Corps volunteers in Togo joined together with an association of people living with HIV/AIDS, called Association Espoir pour Demain (AED-Lidaw). They were united under the belief of bringing HIV care and treatment services to the northern region of Togo, where the population of HIV/AIDS-affected individuals was largely unsupported by any healthcare system. HTH and AED have since established one of the most effective models of healthcare delivery in Togo. AED provides service for over 1,700 patients at its five current locations in Kara, Kante, Bafilo, Kabou, and Ketao, and its current programs that include ARV distribution, psychosocial counseling, prevention of mother to child transmission, and orphans and vulnerable children. HTHâ€™s emphasis on community involvement has led to its impressive efficacy. In 2012, GlobeMed at MIT began its partnership with HTH. Our projects have focused on building the clinicsâ€™ technological capacity in order to improve the quality of care delivered to the ever-expanding patient population.
Population: 105,000 Togo is a small nation in West Africa, bordered by Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. The country long suffered from political unrest: several years following its independence from France, Togo came under the control of the military dictatorship of General Gnassingbe Eyadema for nearly four decades, until recently when his son was elected president in 2005. The medical system of Togo is built on a pay-per-service model, too costly for the majority of the population, 73% of which live on less than $2 per day. Seven of ten individuals lack access to adequate healthcare services, and one out of ten children born will not live to see their fifth birthday, according to the HTH Annual Report of 2015.
BY THE NUMBERS: 5 clinics impacted 1 pharmacy funded
Every year, GlobeMed at MIT raises money, primarily to fund the pharmacy at the main clinic in Kara, Togo run by Association Espoir pour Demain.
Every year, GlobeMed at MIT aims to raise $10,000, the bulk of which goes toward funding the pharmacy at the main clinic in Kara, Togo run by Association Espoir pour Demain. The medications provided at this pharmacy treat the secondary infections that the clinicâ€™s HIV-positive patients are particularly susceptible to. In the past, GROW projects have focused primarily on a computer literacy project, and as a part of supporting this project we have also donated dozens of computers over the past few years.
Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad. Below are a selection of the campaigns held throughout the year.
Sold “Pagne,” togolese cloth, and items made from the cloth (such as shirts, skirts, and headbands) to members of the MIT community.
Halloween Accessories Sale
Sold Halloween costume accessories to members of the MIT community.
Holiday Ugly Sweater Sale
Sold holiday sweaters from thrift shops around Boston to members of the MIT community.
Marathon Monday Tank Tops
Sold Marathon Monday tank tops to members of the MIT and greater Boston communities.
Waffle and Grilled Cheese Sale
Sold freshly-made waffles and grilled cheeses to members of the MIT community.
Shades Against AIDS
Sold sunglasses to students and high school seniors newly admitted to MIT.
Mother’s Day Card Sale
Sold Mother’s Day cards to students to publicize our partner’s new maternal and childcare expansion.
Total funds raised for Hope Through Health in 2015-2016:
Since 2011, our chapter has raised over $40,000 to support HIV infected and affected individuals in northern Togo.
PAGNE SALE As we do every year, we sold pagne, a colorful patterned Togolese fabric that we buy during our GROW trips. Every year, this campaign is one of our most successful, as MIT’s students and staff alike love to buy picture frames, wallets, and wall hangings made from the beautiful fabric.
Mother’s Day Card Sale This year, we sold Mother’s Day cards for the first time, to publicize our partner’s recent maternal and childcare expansion. Despite this being the first year we tried this campaign, it ended up being one of our most successful of the year.
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 â€“ 2016: 44 Number of community-building events: 10 We kicked off the year with a retreat for new members, in which we spoke about the work that our partner does, established some history and context for our projects, and made sure our new members felt comfortable with both GlobeMed mission and all of the older members in the club. Throughout the year, we continued to incorporate community-building activities into staff meetings to further integrate these new members, supplementing these introductions with group dinners and movie nights. We continued the member groups we introduced last year, establishing small groups spanning all four grades to allow GlobeMed members to get to know other years in an informal setting. Finally, we again did an apparel order, making our members and our club recognizable across campus. We look forward to having even more opportunities for community building next year!
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.
During the 2015-2016 school year, we relied on ghU to educate our members on a variety of topics and issues related to global health, and especially to introduce our new members every semester to our mission and to our partner, Hope Through Health. Every Sunday throughout the school year, we held GlobeMed meetings where ghU planned and facilitated themed activities to get our members engaged in conversations that broadened our perspectives and attitudes about public health, both domestically and internationally. From small things like weekly news updates, to big events like our annual conference, ghU made sure that people in our community, beyond just our club, stayed informed. Our two main public events were Gala for Hope and our conference on Perspectives on Global Health Interventions. These events were supplemented by speaker events, both at our weekly staff meeting and during the week, the latter open to the wider MIT community.
KEY QUESTIONS WE ASKED THIS YEAR
How do power dynamics play into public health and how do they affect those receiving care?
What does it mean to have sustainable development in global health and how do we ensure it happens?
How can we overcome differing perspectives and cultures to build the trust necessary to make progress and change in global health?
globalhealthU highlights from the year
Gala for Hope This year, we held our third annual Gala for Hope to recognize the work that our partner, Hope Through Health, has accomplished over the last year. We heard from HTHâ€™s CEO, Jenny Schechter; Founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, Vanessa Kerry; and Faculty Director of the Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Wiljeana Glover.
Annual Conference: Perspectives on Global Healthcare Interventions Our fourth annual conference focused on healthcare interventions in developing countries, with a keynote talk from Dr. Michael VanRooyen, the Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard. Through a variety of breakout groups, talks, and networking sessions, the conference provided an opportunity for health-minded students and professionals to engage, learn, and exchange ideas.
World Day of Social Justice [February 20, 2017]
2017 Fight Apathy Campaign For WDSJ, GlobeMed at MIT teamed up with the Fight Apathy campaign for the second year, again to ask the question, “What do you believe in?”. The campaign was founded in New Jersey in 2013 with the goal of inspiring young people to think and talk about whatever it is they care about, from health care reform to gun rights and everything in between. The initiative is incredibly straightforward: we printed out the official Fight Apathy stickers, asked students to finish the sentence “I believe in ___” on the sticker, and had them wear it around campus for the day. This subtle task created a hotbed of politically and socially oriented discussion on a wide variety of topics. Since 2013, thousands of high school students from around the world have taken part in this campaign. Our work last year marked the first time it was run on a college campus.
# of GROW Interns: Length of Stay: 7
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.
This past January, GlobeMed at MIT sent two GROW interns to Togo to establish a workflow for data verification for an HIV mortality study. They established a system whereby they would met with each community health worker to go through their list of patients. If the health worker was unable to confirm the patient’s status, they would check the date of the last pharmacy visit. Following steps included checking the notebooks and satellite database of active patients, having the clinical health workers call the patients and their emergency contacts, and having the community health worker make home visits, each step of which would be followed until the patient’s status was able to be confirmed. Our GROW intern over the summer then confirmed the success of this workflow, verifying 1285 of 1288 patients from 2016.
“Traveling to Togo this summer completely changed my life. Not only did I learn how our partner organization functions and meet all the people involved in making it work, I as a person became more independent and adventurous thanks to my travels. I will never forget my friends from Togo, and thank GlobeMed for helping make this experience a reality!” -- Julia Cho, c/o 2017
Finances In 2016-2017, GlobeMed at MIT raised $7092.00 for Hope Through Health to support projects in Togo.
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
GlobeMed at MIT
Our Future Dear Friends, This past year has been a busy one for GlobeMed at MIT but we are hitting the ground running as we begin planning for the 2017-2018 school year. This summer, one of our members had the opportunity to go on a GROW trip to our partner organization’s clinic, AED in Togo, West Africa. She worked on a patient verification project at the clinic that past students began last year while in Togo. We also were able to collaborate with our pattern organization back home in Boston; one of our members interned for Hope Through Health conducting analysis on the cost of HTH’s model relative to expenditures of the Togolese Ministry of Health. This summer has been very exciting because we were able to work intimately with our partner organization both on the field and remotely. In terms of the upcoming school year, we have several ideas to strengthen our chapter as a whole. Last year GlobeMed at MIT experimented with a new exec structure, creating departments lead by directors and their respective officers. Throughout last year our chapter was able to take note of the benefits and areas of improvement of the exec structure, and we have been able to use this feedback to adjust the exec structure for this upcoming year. We are really looking forward to working with this new structure to hopefully improve communication, productivity, and collaboration. Continuing with this new structure, our goals are to increase member involvement and strategize our campaigns. For member involvement, we plan to have more frequent department updates at our weekly chapter meetings so that members, especially those not on exec, are responsible for presenting their progress so far. In order to increase camaraderie within our chapter, our GHU and community building team is planning on having informal events such as movie nights related to global health and social justice. We are currently working closely with the campaigns team to have fewer but more profitable campaigns by strategizing the timing of the campaigns and discerning which campaigns would work the best in the MIT and Boston community. We also hope to increase member involvement in setting up and participating in the campaigns throughout the year. One team we are particularly excited about is our Advocacy team which aims to involve our chapter’s presence as a social justice organization and will be working with a clinic is Boston. Our advocacy team is a perfect addition to our chapter as we continue to work towards our belief that health is a human right and that we, as students, can make an impact as far as Togo and as close as our own city. In terms of our partner organization, we look forward to communicating with them on a regular basis to perhaps continue with domestic internships and find new ways to collaborate with the clinic in Togo. We are extremely proud of how far our chapter has evolved through the years and we are looking forward to expanding GlobeMed at MIT’s circle of impact in the MIT, Boston, and global community. Also, donating to our partner organization, Hope Through Health, is very simple - just visit our website at http://globemed.mit.edu/ Sincerely, Ankita Reddy & Claire Robinson 2016-2017 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at MIT
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