GLOBEMED AT PENNSYLVANIA STATE 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
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
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 Penn State University
2011-2012 was a year of amazing growth, expansion, and community for GlobeMed at PSU. This year marked the beginning of an inspiring partnership with ACUDESBAL in El Salvador. Having a partner with whom we could consistently communicate and collaborate allowed us to create powerful new themes in all areas of the organization. In fundraising, inspired by our food sovereignty project, we raised more money than ever before for our partner. From a president's perspective, it was gratifying to see the excitement and passion among our members that arose from such a landmark fundraising season and from the concrete progress that was made on our project. Through communication with our partner and the directors of ACUDESBAL, we were able to analyze healthcare disparities in the region thematically throughout GHU, tying all of our members into our goals and project. We mirrored our work on-site with ACUDESBAL in our community, via a community garden project at daycares in State College. The Penn State Global Health Conference was a triumph as well: keynote speaker Dr. Richard Heinzl truly identified with the mission and potential of youth in global health, and various work shops challenged us to expand our frontiers in global health analysis. Finally, this year marks our first extended GROW trip on a partner site: sending a group to do on-site work was an exciting morale booster for the entire chapter. Next year's leaders will be able to build off of an indescribably powerful experience and instill new passion in the chapter members. It has been an absolute gift to watch the chapter grow this year, and we look forward to watching the amazing things that come out of GMPSU in the future. Sylvia Lise Ranjeva, Tess Pendery, Savannah Lennertz 2011-2012 Co-Presidents
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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
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
GlobeMed at Penn State University
Since its foundation in 2005, GlobeMed at Penn State has provided a meaningful forum for dialogue about global health on campus and through our partnerships. In 2011, the chapter began its partnership with ACUDESBAL in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador , and has since raised over $10,000 in disaster relief and project-related funding, supporting food sovereignty through community gardens. GlobeMed at Penn State presents its hallmark Penn State Global Health Conference annually, featuring inspiring keynote speakers such as Dr. Alfredo Quinones of the Johns Hopkins Brain Tumor Surgery Center and Dr. Richard Heinzl, the founder of the first North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders.
since our founding in 2005 , our chapter has grown from 02 to 40 members.
OUR PARTNER Intercomunal Association of Communities for the Economic and Social Development of Bajo Lempa WORKS IN BAJO LEMPA, EL SALVADOR POPULATION: 8,160
KEY FACT: Pesticide contamination from flooding has directly caused significantly higher prevalence of renal disease in the Bajo Lempa population.
KEY FACT: Children commonly live with extended family, as parents often leave for the US. Family structure is a determinant of mental health and future development.
Bajo Lempa is in the east of the Republic of El Salvador, in the Department of Usulutan Township Jiquilisco. The area has 29 rural communities, with approximately 1632 families. The communities of the region are defined by their history (many come from mostly indigenous communities in the northern departments, high conflict areas in the Civil War) and its relationship with the Lempa River. Socially, the area's inhabitants are a mix of settlers from shelters who have fled the country during the war and demobilized combatants from the various warring parties to the conflict, who were beneficiaries of the Land Transfer Program, a product of the Peace Accords. Although resettling Bajo Lempa has been difficult due to minimal funding for flood protection, the communities face the struggles with resilience. Flooding has impacted Bajo Lempa in many ways, including water contamination from pesticides used throughout the farm fields.
ABOUT ACUDESBAL FOUNDED IN 1998 Acudesbal is a nongovernmental non-profit organization that was created in response to El Salvador's history of civil war and natural disasters. By concentrating on 5 areas, including institutional strengthening, food sovereignty, infrastructure and land development, health and environment, and recreation and culture, Acudesbal is a strong presence throughout Bajo Lempa as it works to facilitate community development for the surrounding 29 communities and approximately 9,000 people, of whom the majority live in poverty. Acudesbal believes that the strength of a community working together is the ideal way to achieve social, economic, political, and environmental justice. Development in these areas is important for Bajo Lempa and El Salvador because of the history of civil war and devastating natural disasters. GlobeMed at Penn State and Acudesbal's partnership began in Fall 2011, focusing on a food security and garden project in 3 daycare centers. In Summer 2012 we took our first GrassRoots Onsite Work trip to meet and work with Acudesbal, the daycare centers, and community members, and strengthen our partnership, project, and plan for the future.
GlobeMed at Penn State University Why nutrition?
The WHO states that food security exits "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.â€? Food security is based on food availability, food access, and food use, all of which are critical to childhood development. Food security is a complex sustainable development issue, linked to health through malnutrition, but also to sustainable economic development, environment, and trade. The daycare centers have struggled to receive adequate funding to provide food for the children who attend them, many of whom depend on the free breakfast and lunch as main sources of food. Acudesbal plans to make the daycare centers more self-sustainable, and eventually to expand the project to provide the surrounding communities with communal gardens and increase access to healthy food. In the coming year, the project will also support an educational component in which a nutritionist will visit each center to teach the children, parents, teachers, and kitchen staff about food preparation and healthy eating. It's highly important that nutritious meals and nutrition education are provided for the children at the daycares so they can not only develop healthily, but also be empowered to make healthy eating decisions for themselves.
150 CHILDREN WILL BE BENEFITED BY THE FOOD SECURITY ENSURED BY THIS PROJECT.
$6,700 TO FUND THE NECESSARY COMPONENTS OF CREATING A MORE NUTRITIONALLY SOUND COMMUNITY.
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
Our project ensures food sovereignty with gardens and fisheries, nutrition and oral hygiene education, and sanitation for daycare centers in Bajo Lempa. We funded the startup of the garden project in 3 community daycare centers, Amando Lopez, El Presidio, and Octavio Ortiz. This included funding the construction of tilapia fisheries, the beginning stages of garden development, and seeds for future cultivation. Each center services 30-50 children and employs 5-6 women. Acudesbal is excited about the this project because it has been difficult to receive funding and the centers provide free breakfast and lunch for all who attend, and no child is turned away. Many of the children depend on the meals as their main sources of food, but oftentimes the centers are forced to provide substandard meals because they are so underfunded. As a result of the garden project, nutritional meals will be provided and costs will be offset by the dependable food source, thus allowing the daycares to use what little funding they receive to purchase healthier meal options. In addition to a healthy food source, the project will also ensure that meals are nutritiously prepared and that the community benefits from a nutrition education component and oral hygiene component. A nutritionist will visit each center and teach parents, children, and workers about nutritious food preparation. Also, oral hygiene supplies and dental visits will be provided, as dental hygiene is an important component of nutrition and healthy development.
CAMPAIGNS Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad.
Poke Stick Eating Contest
Students form teams to see who can eat the most poke sticks
Members bake treats to sell to the Thursday night crowd
Members and friends pay 10 bucks to go around the word
Members sign up friends to Kaplan listserv to get a free course, which we auction at a discount to a member
Graduating seniors from the previous year donated their $100 class gift to GlobeMed, which we received this year.
We did an emergency fundraiser to fund disaster relief efforts after our partner was hit with heavy flooding!
An email campaign to get friends and family to contribute
Donations received at the dinner ending our conference
Money from merchandise sales
Total funds raised for ACUDESBAL in 2011-2012:
Since beginning our partnership with ACUDESBAL in the Fall of 2011, we have raised nearly $10,000 to support our partner's work in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador providing improved nutrition to children at day care center's through the construction of school gardens.
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.
2011-2012 CURRICULUM ORIENTATION Chapter members were equipped with a thorough understanding of the values of GlobeMed and explored their personal values.
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
POVERTY AND HEALTH Chapters conceptualized poverty and sought to explore the connections between global health and poverty.
Last year, our chapter gained a new partner organization. In order for our relationship with our new partner, ACUDESBAL, to be successful, it was imperative that our members understood exactly who our partner is, what issues they face, and what actions they are taking to improve the health of those living in our partner region. Through a collaborative effort between our GHU team and the rest of the executive board, we were able to lay a stellar foundation for a very successful partnership between GlobeMed at Penn State and ACUDESBAL. Additionally, this year we covered a multitude of current events and relevant global health issues including: poverty, nutrition, mental health, The Arab Spring, universal healthcare, infectious diseases, epidemiology and vaccination, voluntourism, women’s health, and many more!
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. STUDENTS’ 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.
globalhealthU ON-CAMPUS EVENTS
“The Cycle of Poverty and How it Aﬀects our Partner” Workshop February 15, 2012 We dedicated an entire general meeting to more closely examine select issues that affect our partner. It was a ton of fun, and super educational. In fact, everyone stayed about 30 minutes after the general meeting should have ended, because we were enjoying the activity so much!
After consulting with our partner, our members determined what we believe are 4 major issues that perpetuate the cycle of poverty in our partner’s region. During the workshop, members were split into four groups. The groups were each assigned a case study related to one of the four major issues. The groups then presented an analysis of the case study and a political cartoon that illustrated the issue. Following the presentations, we made a poverty web based on the cartoons.
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:
Community building worked to cultivate strong friendships among chapter members to ensure a good working environment within the chapter. We felt it was necessary to build strong relationships within our club so that we can reach our potential and be the best possible partner for ACUDESBAL. We began every meeting with an ice breaker, such as a question game or an inspirational story. Community- building events included a fall and spring retreat, a trip to Bounce Fun Plex with Bucknell, participation in the Better World Festival and Public Health Fair, and several socials throughout the year.
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
COMMUNITY BUILDING Â
[GRASSROOTS ON-SITE WORK]
“Working together in solidarity provides us with better understanding of what our partner needs from us, how we can become better partners, and how the partnership can be most eﬀective.” – Karli Lawson, c/o 2013
MAY 25 2012 – JUNE 25 2012
# OF GROW INTERNS: LENGTH OF STAY:
WORK DESCRIPTION: Establishing metrics on which to measure project growth and it's impact on the children in the centers of Amando Lopez, El Presido, and Octavio Ortiz. Improving the diet and nutrition of the children in the centers.
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.
“INJUSTICE anywhere is a THREAT to JUSTICE everywhere.” MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Number of professors who participated in the WDSJ Teach-In:
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
GLOBEMED AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY joined 45 other GlobeMed chapters across the nation in a network-wide commemoration of the 4th Annual World Day of Social Justice during the week of February 20, 2012, by asking professors to dedicate five minutes of class time to a discussion on how poverty and social justice relates to their field of study. GLOBEMED TEACH-IN HIGHLIGHTS: Professors from various departments discussed how social justice was related to their specific field and to the class being taught. Students were asked how they thought social justice was related to the field and/or class. Overall, discussions brought about awareness of how social justice is connected to every field and both students and professors ended discussions with a strengthened sense of social justice responsibility.
Participating Departments: Agriculture Sociology Kinesiology Public Relations Business
"This isn’t about doing something nice. It’s about justice. It’s about asking who is missing from the table – kids, women, diﬀerence faces, and bringing them in. If they are excluded, it is a violation of their human rights." -Dr. Mark Brennan – Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education and Rural Sociology, Penn State
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 wellbeing and justice for all.
2012 GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT
2012 DELEGATES: Tess Pendery, Sylvia Ranjeva, Karli Lawson, Ricardo Ortiz, Paige Cross, Courtney Curtin, Tawney Knecht
“I always believed in the power of GlobeMed as a network to change the world, but seeing the network together for the first time, I felt it.” – Karli Lawson, c/o 2013
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 has opened my eyes to global health disparities throughout the world while empowering me to make a diﬀerence. It has challenged my thinking time and again and allowed my opinions to be heard. And most importantly, GlobeMed has given me a passion that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” – Maddie Todd, c/o 2012
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
Penn State’s GlobeMed underwent an important transformation in the 2011-2012 school year. The summer before fall semester, we made the difficult decision to discontinue our partnership with EAPSEC and segue into a new partnership with ACUDESBAL in El Salvador. Starting a new partnership, coupled with an almost entirely new executive board, gave us a stressful start to the year. But as it turned out, these new changes served as an opportunity to critically re-evaluate our chapter and to implement demonstrable changes in how we function, both as a unit and in our partnership. Now that we’ve found our new groove as a renovated chapter, and are about to embark on what we expect to be a fantastically educational and productive summer GROW trip, we have complete faith in our ability to accomplish some tangible goals next semester. We expect to build a more eclectic and focused membership, composed of students from a variety of disciplines who can bring new perspectives and skills to our chapter. This diversity will help us excel at spreading GlobeMed’s reputation on the Penn State campus through interactive educational events, so everyone will know not only who we are but why we do what we do. We will also use the stories, voices and images of this summer’s GROW trip to make sure every dollar raised (and hopefully it’ll be lots of dollars) goes towards a pragmatic, cohesive and collaborative project to effect real change in the communities of the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador. Not least of all, we will focus on ways in which we can work with other student groups that share our ideals in order to achieve larger goals. The Penn State community has so much to offer, and it's up to us to leverage that potential to do some amazing things.
FINANCES In 2011 â€“ 2012, GlobeMed at Penn State University raised $9,885 for ACUDESBAL to support projects in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador. CAMPAIGN DONATIONS!
Revenue! Events !
Miscellaneous (i.e. member dues)! SUBTOTAL!
OPERATIONS & GRANTS!
Current Finances! Cash Reserves! 2012-2013 University Funding! EXISTING BALANCE!
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DIRECTOR OF FINANCES Falak Shah email@example.com
CONFERENCE CHAIR Sue Lang firstname.lastname@example.org
A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2011 â€“ 2012 year a great success:
THANK YOU INDIVIDUALS
Alyssa Smaldino (GlobeMed chapter advisor)
GlobeMed National Office
Melina Czymoniewicz-Klippel (Faculty Advisor)
Penn State's Global Health Minor Program Engineers Without Borders
Mario Guevara (Partner contact & project manager)
UPAC-University Park Allocation Committee
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Published on Sep 12, 2012