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2012-2013 Annual Report

GlobeMed at MIT



Pastoral de La Salud | San Salvador, El Salvador ICOD Action Network | Lyantonde, Uganda! Rural Economic Development Association | Svay Rieng, Cambodia Ungano Tena | Nairobi, Kenya WOPLAH | Western Kenya GWED-G | Gulu, Uganda CEPAIPA | Guayaquil, Ecuador Himalayan Health Care | Jawalakhel, Nepal Courage Is Change | Denver, Colorado Kachin Women’s Association Thailand | Chiang Mai, Thailand Salud Sin Límites | Siuna, Nicaragua MAP Foundation | Chiang Mai, Thailand Rwanda Village Concept Project | Butare, Rwanda Community of Hope| Washington, D.C. Primeros Pasos | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala CEMOPLAF Cajabamba | Cajabamba, Ecuador Health Development Initiative | Kigali, Rwanda Jambi Huasi | Otovalo, Ecuador Hope Through Health | Kara, Togo Gardens for Health International | Gasabo, Rwanda Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization | Masaka, Uganda Adonai Child Development Center| Namugoga, Uganda Center for Community Health Promotion | Hanoi, Vietnam ACUDESBAL | Bajo Lempa, El Salvador Medical AIDS Outreach | Montgomery, Alabama A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope | Managua, Nicaragua CSSD | Phnom Penh, Cambodia Maison de Naissance | Torbeck, Haiti Nyaya Health | Achham, Nepal ASPAT | Lima, Peru Social Action for Women | Mae Sot, Thailand Nwoya Youth Center | Anaka, Uganda BSDA | Kampong Cham, Cambodia Tiyatien Health | Zwedru, Liberia Joy-Southfield Community Development Corp.| Detroit, Michigan KCRC | Bushenyi District, Uganda Health Alert Uganda | Gulu, Uganda PEDA | Vientiane, Laos Lwala Community Alliance | Lwala, Kenya Kallpa Iquitos | Iquitos, Peru Alternative for Rural Movement | Odisha, India CareNet Ghana | Hohoe, Ghana Clinica Ana Manganaro | Guarjila, El Salvador Build Your Future Today Center | Siem Reap, Cambodia Women’s Development Association | Phnom Penh, Cambodia COWS | Kampong Thom, Cambodia Dios es Amor | Lima, Peru Uganda Development and Health Associates | Iganga, Uganda Kigezi Healthcare Foundation| Kabale, Uganda Burmese Women’s Union | Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.


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.

Presidents’ Message GlobeMed at MIt We walked across the Mass Ave Bridge towards MIT, debating whether to take the role of GlobeMed Co-Presidents or quit the organization. The group had struggled a great deal the previous year; leadership was unable to sustain motivation, meet fundraising goals, build understanding between our partner organization or identify a vision. We knew we had a lot to build from scratch, but when we made the promise to do it together with all our effort, we never looked back. We were newly partnered with Hope Through Health (HTH), and within 11 months, we grew from 8 to 35 members, doubled the funds raised from our prior year, gained recognition on campus, and sent four students to work at the HTH main HIV clinic. We've fostered relationships and strengthened understanding between our members and clinic staff, and are proud to have contributed to sustainable changes in healthcare management for our partner community. This past January, GlobeMed members taught HTH clinic staff how to use computers and input data into Microsoft Excel. After the training, Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality Improvement Director Emmanuel Kotedja remarked, "I really benefited from the training provided by the MIT students. The skills I learned have made my work so much easier. I no longer have to do long calculations from paper reports. My reports now populate and calculate the information I need automatically. Now I can spend more time on quality improvement, rather than just collecting data." This summer, our GROW interns will continue to improve electronic records and analysis with the addition of an Access database. Our members will teach HTH’s community health workers how to us GPS devices to map HTH’s patients. This will enable the clinic to better understand the spatial layout of the population they serve. They will also train staff on how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a spatial analysis tool, to map information such as incidence rates of malaria or other opportunistic infections. By mapping incidence rates, HTH will be able to more effectively target interventions. Overall, leading GlobeMed at MIT has been a humbling, challenging, and rewarding experience for both of us. We only realized at the close of the year how much we grew in leadership and personal development, from the great advice given by National Office staff, from tips shared by leaders of other GlobeMed chapters, and from making our own mistakes. This upcoming year, we will use the lessons from our successes and failures to improve our efficiency, increase our contributions to sustainable development with HTH, and facilitate the growth of our members into well-educated advocates of global health. We would like to thank to all our members for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. We also would like to extend our appreciation to our family, friends, and the MIT community for their constructive feedback and consistent support. Last, but not least, we would like to express our gratitude to the GlobeMed National Office for giving us the opportunity to make sustainable strides to improving global health equity. Laura Stilwell & Sherry Fu 2012-2013 GlobeMed at MIT Co-Presidents

GlobeMed at MIT

About Us GlobeMed at MIT was founded in 2011, partnered with Maeying Huamjai Phattana. However, due to difficulty in communication and inability to allow GROW trips, we agreed to end partnership in Spring 2012. We formed a new partnership with Hope Through Health in 2012 and have been able to connect MIT resources and contribute significantly to technological advancement at HTH's HIV clinics. We grew from 8 to 32 members in by 2013. In Spring 2013, GlobeMed at MIT won the SLA Philanthropy Award at MIT, which gave us $350 to spend at CopyTech (MIT's copy and printing services). We initiated a 10-day computer literacy training program at the HTH main clinic in Kara, Togo, which trained 18 clinic staff members in Microsoft Word and Excel. Clinic staff are able to execute basic Excel functions on their patient data and now have moved from paper-based systems to Excel workbooks.

since our founding in september 2011, our chapter has grown from 05 to 32 members.

Our Partnership HOPE THROUGH HEALTH Kara, Togo Population: 94,878 Togo is bordered by Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. After WWI, Togo became French territory until the declaration of its independence in 1960. Soonafter Togo was ruled by a military dictatorship led Gen. Gnassingbé Eyadema. He died in 2005, and the military installed his son, Faure Gnassingbe as president. Medical facilities in Togo are limited and very poor quality everything is pay-per-service which the majority of the population cannot afford. Local people also do not have confidence in medical system or the doctors. Main mode of transport is by motorcycle, which makes any kind of emergency transportation very difficult.

Hope Through Health Founded in 2004 Hope Through Health (HTH) was founded in the spirit of social justice to promote health as a human right by reducing inequity in poverty settings. HTH is an official working partner of Association Espoir pour Demain (AED-Lidaw). The organizations share long-term commitment to pioneering a model program that delivers comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in a resource poor setting. HTH aims to build and support the capacity of AED-Lidaw, by funding and coordinating basic services and programs, to provide comprehensive medical and psychosocial services to over 1000 individuals infected with HIV/AIDS. Services include ARV distribution, psychosocial counseling, a Community Health Worker program, ARV Therapy Education, a Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission program, an Orphans and Vulnerable Children program, medical counseling and a pharmacy. HTH's partnership with GlobeMed started in September 2012.

KEY FACT: HIV Adult Prevalence Rate: 3.2% (2009 est.) according to CIA World Factbook. Ranked 22 highest prevalence in the world.

A Message from our Partner Hope through health For the staff of HTH/AED-Lidaw, the herculean task of providing care to thousands of individuals living with HIV/AIDS just got a little more manageable. Thanks to students from the GlobeMed Chapter at MIT, a partner of HTH, staff are now equipped with basic technology and training to enhance their daily responsibilities. “During my recent trip to Togo, I was amazed to see staff sitting in their offices, typing and entering program data into computers,” recounted HTH Executive Director Jenny Schechter. “This is a dramatic change from handwriting in notebooks and on paper forms as we have done for so many years.” In January, MIT students Sherry Fu and Liz Shanahan held a two-week computer training for staff of HTH/ AED-Lidaw’s central clinic. The training focused on typing skills for basic learners and more advanced Excel training for those with prior experience. “The staff were very eager to learn,” Sherry and Liz reported. Even those with no prior experience were extremely motivated. Assistant Coordinator of the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Program, Nadege, who had never before used a computer, proved to have the strongest typing skills of the entire staff. “When she only got 95% or less (which was rare), she would repeat the exercises twice or more until she got a better score,” said Sherry and Liz. The advanced learners also greatly appreciated the training. Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality Improvement Director, Emmanuel, had the most experience going into the training so he strove to maximize new learning. “He always brought great questions to see if we could help him with an aspect of his patient data, and he was very good at applying the tools we presented to his own data in different ways,” reported Sherry and Liz. After the training Emmanuel remarked, “I really benefited from the training provided by the MIT students. The skills I learned have made my work so much easier. I no longer have to do long calculations from paper reports. My reports now populate and calculate the information I need automatically. Now I can spend more time on quality improvement, rather than just collecting data.” In addition to the training, MIT students supplied the clinic with six repurposed laptops donated by an MIT Department. The addition of these computers and the skills to use them represents a dramatic improvement in the clinic’s technological capacity. Just a few months ago the clinic, which employs over 40 full time staff members, had only two computers. This technological deficit severely limited the efficiency of staff, especially in the areas of data collection and reporting. Today, thanks to the generous support of GlobeMed at MIT, 14 staff members have been trained in computer literacy and are now using computers to manage their program reporting requirements. In addition to improving program efficiency and reducing costs, these changes have instilled a renewed confidence in staff, many of whom never had the opportunity to pursue formal education. The opportunity to augment their professional skills and to become more effective in their service of patients has been a tremendous source of pride for staff. Ultimately, however, it is the patients of HTH/AEDLidaw who benefit most. The improved systems mean that HTH/AED-Lidaw can now provide better services to adults and children living with HIV/AIDS. This drive to continually do better for patients is always our ultimate goal. Read the full article here.

Our Project

Impact Area:

Communicable Disease Prevention

Hope Through Health


To better stock the clinic’s pharmacy and fund medications for opportunistic infections

Why comprehensive HIV care? All funds raised via Campaigns went to support HTH's pharmacy. The pharmacy provides heavily subsidized medications for opportunistic infections so that patients can receive life-saving drugs regardless of ability to pay (~67 cents to receive all medications on medical assistant's prescription for that visit). This is essential for patient care - and is difficult for HTH to receive funding for via grants because most grant criteria do not cover medications. Currently the pharmacy runs out of drugs often. All funds raised through MIT project grant funding is used for members' travel to Togo to implement projects and for materials that will improve the technological capacity of HTH clinics. These materials and projects will improve efficiency and patient data management capabilities.

GlobeMed at MIT aims to raise $5000 to purchase medications for opportunistic infections for HTH's pharmacy. The initiative funded by Campaigns is simple: HTH's main clinic pharmacy runs out of certain medications almost every month. It is not well stocked enough to fulfill the needs to ~1600 patients that come to the main clinic in Kara. When drugs run out, the patients have to find the drugs at the public hospital or a local pharmacy, which sell the drugs at a price out of range for many patients. Currently HTH spends about $4000 on medications / month. Our goal to raise $5000 initially was meant to provide 2 laptops and let the remaining money fund medications. However, as we were able to receive 35 donated laptops, all Campaign funds will go towards medications.

Campaigns Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad.

Event Title

Event Description

Hoops for Hope

Round-robin, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments. Teams paid to sign up.

CandyCane Games

Sold Candy Canes around the holidays/finals for 1 dollar each. Students could also write messages to their friends on the grams.

Togolese Art Sale

Tchangani Wiyaou (Chris) is a University of Kara student in Togo who serves as our translator. He was an essential part of our computer literacy training program in January 2013. He is also a self-made artist and makes wood crafts and oil paintings in his free time. He sold us 10 pieces of his artwork, which we auctioned off to the MIT community.


Hope @ MIT Sunglasses Sale

During MIT's Campus Preview Weekend, we sold sunglasses that said HOPE at MIT on the side for 5 dollars each.


Poster [Student Art] Sale (Collaboration with Korean Students Association)

Collected photo donations from student photographers and sold 11 x 17" poster prints on stock paper.



Restaurant night in which we partnered with Cosi and they gave us 10 percent of their profits from 4-8pm that day.


Thrift Shop

Our Spring Weekend Concert this year featured Macklemore. In light of his concert, we collected unwanted clothes from the MIT community and resold them the week before the concert.

Individual Giving

Chapter members asked family and friends for contributions to the chapter.


Revenue $239 $499.05

$874 $2914.67

Total funds raised for Hope Through Health in 2012-2013

As this is our first year partnered with Hope Through Health, we have raised a total amount of $6314.98 for our partner organization through donations. Additionally, we have received over $19000 in grant funds to conduct projects and provide project materials for HTH.

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 year GHU played a key role in helping to incorporate new members into our chapter and introduce all our staff members to our new partner, Hope Through Health in Togo. Through our weekly GHU sessions, we strove to address our staff members’ questions about Togo, Hope Through Health's initiatives, and the treatment and care available for HIV/AIDS as well as discuss topics in human rights and global health in general. Additionally, through GlobeMed alumni meet-ups and speaker events, our GHU team worked this year to setup opportunities for staff members to interact with global health professionals from Boston and around the world. Finally, we also worked as a GHU team to help not only educate our GlobeMed chapter about global health, but also the MIT community. Through a variety of public speaker events, and awareness campaigns such as a "True/False Question for a Cupcake Challenge" on World AIDs Day. Overall this year GHU focused providing all members with a strong foundation and understanding of human rights, our partner and global health and we did our best to work to raise awareness about the importance of our work in the MIT community.

2012-2013 CURRICULUM

Expanding the Dialogue on Health and Human Rights


Why do human rights exist?

Is health a human right? Who has more rights than others? How are rights influenced by one’s environment? How do we translate human rights into action?

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.


Every staff meeting began with a 5 minute community building activity that the CB team planned each week. As some new members were recruited in the Spring, people were still very new to each other even as late as March. We had a very fun mixer with another service group on campus called Amphibious Achievement, and we hope to continue mixing with other service-oriented groups. Another CB initiative that really helped build friendships was GlobeMed lunch dates -the CB chairs created groups of 3 to go out to lunch between classes, and this made people from different social circles sit down for lunch together and get to know each other outside of GlobeMed. Everyone had positive feedback about these lunches and realized that we are a very cool group of people from all around campus, but we just haven't had much time together outside of staff meetings. As the year progressed, people spoke up more during staff meetings and were more vocal with their opinions. We still have a lot of room to grow in terms of promoting GlobeMed culture - which is our CB's primary focus this summer.

GROW Internship Grassroots On-site Work




Laura will be constructing a basic map using GIS software - and teaching our partner's Community Health Workers how to use the GIS devices. Her maps will be used to locate patients, which will increase eďŹƒciency of the Community Health Worker program, and to overlay patient data for spatial analysis. Jake will be constructing a Microsoft Access database to better provide a user-interface for data entry and allow data from all program departments to sync in one location. He will also teach the MEQ Director and Program Director at the clinic how to manage the database..

Through Grassroots On-site Work (GROW) internships, students build capacity of their partner organization, engage in mutual learning, and ensure longterm stability of their partnership.

World Day of Social Justice “INJUSTICE anywhere is a THREAT to JUSTICE everywhere.”


GLOBEMED AT MIT joined 49 other GlobeMed chapters across the nation in a network-wide commemoration of the 5rd Annual World Day of Social Justice on February 20, 2013, by asking students, professors, and community members on campus an open-ended, thought provoking question relating to social justice. OUR QUESTION

What does every human being deserve? BEHIND THE SCENES: We chose this simple question (to ask in the dining hall) because it was open-ended enough for every student or staff to find an answer he or she is passionate about (in health or beyond - we were interested in seeing what kind of diverse responses we would receive). We hoped it would provide the opportunity for others to think about human rights in a social setting, allowing us to discuss that topic, and cause others to probe their minds for what they believe all people deserve. Hopefully after starting more conversations like we did on WDSJ, these kinds of conversations will happen more organically in the future.

We asked people at MIT, here’s how they responded >>>

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed February 20th as World Day of Social Justice in 2007. Observation of WDSJ supports efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

World Day of Social Justice GlobeMed at MIT asked people to answer the question / to fill in the blank‌

Every human deserves‌

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2013 Summit The student momentum 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.

2013 DELEGATES: Rafa Rahman, Riana Lo Bu

If Summit taught me anything, it is the recognition of immense raw potential present in every single person. I walked into Summit sure of my future, but left with all those plans completely shattered. Why? I realized that I had so much more to offer than I had ever imagined. I witnessed so many amazing people bringing up such great ideas, that I was forced to question my understanding of global health and my role in it. In the words of Leymah Gbowee, “You’re never too small to have an effect… try sleeping in bed with a mosquito.”— Rafa Rahman, c/o 2016

Our Future GlobeMed at MIT The partner community we had this year was Togo, a place very close to my home country and people close to my heart. I enjoyed the role of GROW trip coordinator. From choosing a team, learning how to write grants proposals and pitch my project, it was an endeavour in leadership and teamwork. It made me realize that even the smallest group of individuals can make a big difference through perseverance and commitment. - Sebastian Nasamu, 2013

This summer, two interns will further our efforts to improve the technological capacity of HTH. Jake Bograd-Denton (MIT ‘14) will be working to develop an Access Database for the clinic, while Laura Stilwell (MIT ‘14) will teach the clinic staff how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map their patient population and analyze incidence rates. For the long-term, GlobeMed at MIT has revamped its structure to improve organizational efficacy. With the addition of Donor Development, Grant Writing, and Corporate Sponsorships teams, GlobeMed hopes to improve relations with foundations and companies to increase the funding available for larger student projects and existing HTH programs. Next year we aim to raise $10,000 for HTH - twice our previous goal. This year we will place a stronger emphasis on self-education to become effective global health advocates. The globalhealthU team is developing a curriculum that revolves around politics and human rights in global health, with a focus on how these issues apply to our partner community in Togo. Most importantly, GlobeMed at MIT will devote more energy to the planning and execution of GROW projects. Next year, we will continue to forward our objective of decreasing resource limitations for our partner organization and improving its technological capacity. To help make our vision a reality, please consider making a tax-deductible donation at http://

Finances In 2012 – 2013, GlobeMed at MIT raised $6314.98 for Hope through Health to support projects in Kara, Togo. Revenue Events (Campaigns)










Internal Chapter Revenue


National OďŹƒce Launch Grant




Expenses Campaigns






Sent to Partner Total sent to partner that was fundraised in the 2012-2013 academic year Total sent to partner that was fundraised prior to the 2012-2013 academic year TOTAL SENT TO PARTNER IN 2012-2013 Current Cash Position Total amount of GRANT money received from school departments used on materials for partner organization:

$6314.98 $0 $6314.98 $170.75 $9000

Stay Connected Read more about our partner and project, and the GlobeMed network: “Like” us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events. 168664246538993 Follow our blog and join in on the discussion.

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Executive Board External Co-President

Sherry Fu


Internal Co-President

Laura Stilwell


globalhealthU Coordinator

Emma Broderick


globalhealthU Coordinator

Ruben Jauregui


Campaign Coordinator

Carol Davis


Campaign Coordinator

Kate Koch


Director of Communications

Felicia Hsu


Director of Communications

Mary Guan


Director of Community Building

Hilary Mulholland


Director of Community Building

Martina de Geus


GROW Coordinator

Laura Stilwell


Director of Finances

Harini Suresh


Supporters INDIVIDUALS Sally Susnowitz (MIT PSC), Alison Hynd (MIT PSC), Mrs. Bircu Mirza

A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2012 – 2013 year a great success:

ORGANIZATIONS MIT Public Service Center, MIT Kelly Douglas Fund


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