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GlobeMed at the University of Pennsylvania 2016 – 2017 ANNUAL REPORT


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 – the ability to not only survive but thrive – 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.

Message from

The Co-Presidents Dear Friends, This 2016-2017 academic year has seen a lot of exciting change for our GlobeMed chapter. From a new international partnership formed with CHOICE Humanitarian Peru at the start of the spring semester, to an increased campus presence; and from new fundraising benchmarks met, to re-energized community building efforts, this year we have been able to take our chapter to the next level of growth. At the forefront of our team’s evolution this year was our transition from working with the Lwala Community Alliance to developing strong connections with our new Peru-based partner: CHOICE Humanitarian. Our lengthy transition - which began last summer and was finalized at the start of the spring semester - tested our members and our organization. But by increasing the time for GROW updates during weekly meetings - and continuing to emphasize the centrality of the GlobeMed model no matter who we were partnered with - our unflinchingly positive GlobeMed and partner communities remained supportive, energized, and motivated. We were thrilled to be able to send two GROW interns to CHOICE this summer to complete the GROW internship, and look forward to learning about their experiences in the new academic year. The warmth and excitement that was mutually felt between ourselves and CHOICE in these early stages reflects what we anticipate will be an incredible and productive partnership. Along with this significant transition, we started the year with the main goals of increasing our campus presence and strengthening our internal community. Through our board’s efforts and our ever-growing GlobeMed community’s enthusiasm, we feel we were able to accomplish those goals. Our World Day of Social Justice social media campaign - a free-coffee giveaway to anyone who wrote a health inequity fact on their coffee sleeve and posed for a photo with it - was just one way we extended GlobeMed’s external campus visibility (by physically involving our peers in a meaningful social media campaign). At the same time, our internal membership was strengthened by the introduction of GlobeMed Study Hours after weekly meetings, a buddy system to connect upperclassmen members with newer GlobeMedders, and external community building activities like a hike along the nearby Wissahickon Trail. We could not have achieved what we did without our incredible GlobeMed family. We are sad to leave our role as co-presidents, but also cannot wait to see the strides that our chapter will continue to make, both at home and internationally. Leading the chapter this past year has been a tremendous learning experience for us as well as our board, and we know that we will all take the lessons we gained with us into our future adventures. GlobeMed, and the friendships we have made here, have meant so much to both of us; we truly cannot imagine our college experiences without this community. With lots of GlobeMed love, Natasha & Siobhan 2016-2017 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at Penn

About our Chapter

GlobeMed at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania chapter was founded in 2012 by Michael Broder and Lily Huang. That year, this chapter successfully transitioned from a partnership with the Lwala Community Alliance (LCA), based in Lwala, Kenya, to CHOICE Humanitarian, based on Piura, Peru. With the culmination of GlobeMed@Penn’s fourth GROW trip, this chapter has much to be proud of as it starts to transition from a new chapter to an established one. With 60 members, 3 funded projects and over $20,000 raised for LCA and $1000 raised for CHOICE Humanitarian, this chapter has much to look forward to.

Since our founding in January 2012, our chapter has grown from 12 to 60 members

Since our founding in January 2012, our chapter has raised over $20,000

KEY FACT: 22.7% of Peruvians are living in poverty and 4.3% are living in conditions classified as extreme poverty, particularly in rural communities.

Our New Partnership Choice Humanitarian

Founded in 1983 Choice Humanitarian had humble beginnings as an idea by Dr. Tim Evans after working as a dentist in Peru in the 1980’s. After hearing about numerous cases of local children dying due to contaminated drinking water, he established a foundation with the goal of spreading awareness of global poverty as a means of eradicating it. Originally known as the Andean Children Foundation (ACF), the organization quickly grew with the help of James B. Mayfield, a professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, boasting great experience in rural development around the world. At its core was the goal to make communities “self-developing” by hiring staff within the communities that were being worked in and by keeping the priorities and wishes of those being helped at the forefront of their missions. Due to a gap in funding, Evans and Mayfield designed the first “expedition”, an event designed to teach volunteers about the culture of the communities ACF worked in and to spread awareness of the challenges faced by communities living in extreme poverty through this experience. After gaining much success with this, Choice Humanitarian and ACF merged, combining the philosophy of ACF to have the community lead its own projects while allowing external support from the expeditioners. This successful model continues to grow as Choice now operates in seven countries and countless communities within each of them. All of Choice’s missions focus on several key pillars to ending poverty: education, health, economic development, the environment, and cultural preservation.

Piura, Peru (Population: 377,496) Our partner is based in Piura, Peru, a desert river-valley in the north. Once occupied by the great Incan civilization prior to the Spanish conquest, Peru is a land rich in a variety of beautiful landscapes ranging from the dense rain forests of the Amazon to the breathtaking green mountains of the Andes to the beautiful coastal deserts of the north. While Peru is rich in fertile lands for agriculture and natural resources, the development of the country has been hindered by colonialism, corruption, and natural disaster throughout its history. While extreme poverty and healthcare disparities continue to exist, especially in rural communities, efforts to resolve such challenges have led to clear improvements over the past years. An example of a more recent challenge faced by Piura specifically was the flooding caused by heavy rainfall over this past spring (2017). The unfortunate consequences of this include extreme property damage, the loss of crops, damage to infrastructure (e.g. roads, bridges), and a spike in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria. The damage has left thousands of families living in temporary tent shelters for months, especially in the rural outskirts of Piura, where large disparities in income and access to healthcare already existed.

Our Project BY THE NUMBERS: Key metric: >2000 households reached Cost of project: $5000 What the money directly funded: Malaria Kits

GlobeMed at the University of Pennsylvania raised $3,366 to help provide and distribute malaria kits for Community Health Workers (CHWs, pictured above) to better diagnose and treat cases of malaria as they arise throughout the region.

Recently, malaria has become endemic to the North Kamagambo area. To combat its spread, CHWs will be armed with a rapid diagnostic testing kit (photo in the top left) in order to identify those that have it early on, so that they can more promptly seek treatment. If a client tests positive for malaria, they will be given a first dose of medication at the house and referred to the facility. Our raised money will go towards funding these rapid diagnostic kits, and over 2000 households in the local community will be reached. The ultimate goal of the program is to successfully diagnose and treat malaria entirely at the community level (though closely monitored by the Community Outreach and clinic teams at Lwala).

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

Event Title

Event Description

The Art of Change: Performing Arts Night

Every year GlobeMed@Penn hosts a performing arts night featuring over 10 dance, a cappella, and comedy groups from campus.


Ugly Sweater Sale

For our annual ugly sweater sale, GlobeMed members searched through thrift-shops together and gathered the ugliest, most festive sweaters we could find. We sold them on Locust Walk for the holiday season to students on campus!


Valentine’s Day Macaron-Grams

Once again, GlobeMed partnered with a local business, Sugar Philly. For this year, members played a more direct role in preparing macaron-grams including packaging and assembling the macarons themselves. We delivered these macaron-grams throughout campus and received a portion of all sales.


Individual Giving

Members reached out to family and friends, with an extra push during the holiday season and World Day of Social Justice.


Winterfell Dessert Fundraiser

GlobeMed members partnered with Winterfell Dessert in University City to raise funds for CHOICE Humanitarian Peru. 20% of all proceeds made from bubble tea or shaved ice sales went to the group.


Total funds raised for CHOICE Humanitarian in 2016-2017:



Since 2012, GlobeMed at the University of Pennsylvania has raised over $20,000 to support Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala, Kenya), to empower the community in Lwala, and will continue to do the same for CHOICE Humanitarian Peru.

Campaign Highlights Ugly Sweater Sale Following the footsteps of other GlobeMed chapters, our chapter also held annual ugly sweater sale. With the help of the community building committee, we were able to gather over 80 sweaters from thrift stores or from our old closets and resold them to students. The event was a huge success and gained a lot of popularity and interest! Our profits expanded extremely from the prior year, and we completely sold out!

The Art of Change: Performing Arts Night We held our annual performing arts night featuring even more performing arts groups ranging from Pitch Perfect 2 acapella groups to ballet. Members of GROW committee also shared their experiences in Lwala. The night was filled with fun, laughter, and celebration of the values of GlobeMed.

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: 46 Number of community-building events: 11 Community building activities ranged from chapter dinners/potlucks to movie nights to hiking trips to ice skating trips to thrift shopping for ugly sweaters on a monthly basis. Every week, we would also have new icebreakers for each meeting, as well as regular coffee dates. Each event and activity encouraged bonding among members on a chapter and personal level, as well as a deep sense of family within the organization. On the side, we were also able to do some fun fundraising or learn about global health!

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.

Our ghU committee played an important role in stirring up critical discussions within our chapter during our weekly meetings, as well as challenging the wider Penn community to recognize the social determinants of health. We began our 2016-2017 year by first exploring “systems thinking” and broadly evaluating the intersection between social, economic and biological determinants of health and wellbeing. From their, we flung into action through activities and discussions surrounding local vs. global health, cultural relativism, and critically evaluating the interaction between modern political circumstances and population health. We aimed to have our members question why they believe what they might believe. Specific topics of discussion included: - Poverty and Health - History of Haiti - Politicization of Health - Vaccinations in Global Health - The White Man’s Burden - Race and Medicine - FGM and Cultural Relativism - Infectious Diseases and Media Coverage We worked to branch out to the wider Penn community by leading a workshop on appropriate global health practices at the Penn Undergraduate Health Symposium as well as through a WDSJ Free Coffee campaign. Furthermore, we encourage community bonding through a Globemed@Penn Alumni panel and through Globemed Jeopardy!


Is health a right or a privilege? Is health and wellbeing relative? How can we translate a social justice mindset into effective action? What structural systems in place help or hinder public health? How are global and local health connected? Is our perspective more valid than that of others? How do we balance relativism and the notion of universal rights?

globalhealthU highlights from the year

#GlobeMedHope Solidarity Campaign In light of the political unrest in late 2016, GlobeMed members convened to share and reflect on what gives them hope and motivation for a social awareness Facebook campaign. We more broadly discussed the importance of educating ourselves on world issues, standing in solidarity with our peers both locally and globally, and working together to find solutions.

Social Determinants of Health Experiences Our members learned about interconnected socio-economic determinants of health through our interactive “market� platform. Groups modeled after the different levels of incomes made tough decisions and tradeoffs on their quality of food, shelter, education, health insurance, and luxuries. We ended with a discussion on GlobeMed’s effort to make these foundational resources a human right, and not a privilege, through social justice.

Philadelphia Undergraduate Health Symposium We partnered with Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition to lead a global health workshop on strategically implementing health interventions in a foreign country. We collaboratively planned goals, expertise, definitions of success, limitations, and potential strategies to overcome real-world challenges such as distrust, unfamiliarity with biomedicine, political tension, and funding.

World Day of Social Justice [February 20, 2017]

Campus Coffee Social Awareness Campaign For this year’s World Day of Social Justice, we wanted to reach out to the larger Penn community and raise campus awareness of issues that create health disparities worldwide. We distributed over 150 free cups of coffee to passing faculty and students in exchange for them writing a global health fact on their coffee cup (donated by local coffee shops). Another leg of our campaign consisted of our members sharing one of our Facebook infographics on topics (e.g. women and illiteracy) related to our partner. Our coffee and social media campaigns engaged and reminded the Penn community and our networks on various issues we often take for granted but still plague people worldwide. World Day of Social Justice was a time for us to both share and celebrate our past and current strides to eliminate health disparities, and inspire other local changemakers in similar efforts through social media.

# of GROW Interns: 2 Length of Stay: 1

month Dates of Travel: 5/15-6/12

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. Our GROW internship included two different projects, all of which worked in the community Pampas de los Silva. The first project we worked on was an economic development project that allowed for the women of the community to come together to form a cooperative selling duck meats in local markets. The aim of this project was to provide additional income to impoverished families, to increase the nutrient density of the diet in the area, and to empower the women of this community through responsibility and financial independence. Additionally, we worked on a project titled “El Día de La Mujer” (The Day of the Woman). This project focused on education of young girls between the ages 9 and 12 on healthy, safe, and hygienic practices regarding reproductive health and personal hygiene. For this project, Irene and I created a booklet with instructions on how to properly use and care for the reusable menstrual pad provided by Choice as well as by attending, photographing, and participating in their weekly lessons.

“My time in Piura was

incredible-- challenging and fast-paced, but a life-changing learning experience. I learned so much about community health, running an NGO, and the Peruvian way of life. Many thanks to the CHOICE Humanitarian Peru team and the community of Pampas de los Silvas for being so welcoming and inspiring.” - Irene Su, c/o 2020

Finances In 2016-2017, GlobeMed at Penn raised $3314 for the Lwala Community Alliance to support projects in Lwala, Kenya, as well as $1285.23 for CHOICE Humanitarian in Peru, which will be sent during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Revenue Events (Campaigns)










Internal Chapter Revenue




Expenses Campaigns





Put sum of all expenses boxes

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


$52.00 $3366.00 $0.00

GlobeMed at University of Pennsylvania

Our Future Dear Friends, We are extremely excited to lead the GlobeMed chapter at UPenn for the coming year! This year in particular marks the fresh start our chapter has with a new grassroots organization: CHOICE Humanitarian. As such, we hope it is incredibly fruitful for everyone involved! This past year marked a huge one for our chapter, as we left our partner for many years, the Lwala Community Alliance in Kenya, and transitioned to working with a partner in a completely different area, which was CHOICE Humanitarian in Piura, Peru. Starting in the fall of 2018, our entire year will be focused on developing that relationship with our new partner, and to kick it off, we have already sent two interns on-site to help develop an independent project related to women’s health, education, and agriculture. This summer, we have been working on developing our campaigns even more, so that we are fully prepared to help out our new partner the best we can and raise awareness for the organization. Back on campus, we aim to increase awareness with more open events, greater collaboration with other on-campus health groups, and using issue-based public campaigns. Furthermore, we hope to create a stronger GlobeMed community by setting a high standard for commitment to all social events, as well as by having increased weekly collaboration with our partner organization. Both should help create a sense of unity in our chapter. Any donation would benefit the wonderful organization CHOICE Humanitarian and would go towards impoverished communities in Peru. So if you wish to lend a helping hand, simply venmo @globemedupenn, paypal PayPal.Me/globemedupenn, or send a check to GlobeMed at the University of Pennsylvania! We can’t wait to hit the ground running this fall! Sincerely, Mane & Michelle 2017-2018 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at Penn

I saw GlobeMed@Penn grow from a newly established group of strangers into a warm and vibrant community. I will always be inspired by our alumni working in healthcare, policy, and business, striving to make their communities a better place to live, and by underclassmen who are doing the same for their own communities at Penn and in West Philadelphia.--” - Tanya Datta, Class of 2016

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Executive Board GlobeMed at Penn

External Co-President

Siobhan O’ Muicheartaigh

Internal Co-President

Natasha Galperin

GROW Coordinator

Mane Williams


globalhealthU Coordinator

Anissa Saylany

globalhealthU Coordinator

Christina Shin

Campaign Coordinator

Karla Kim

Campaign Coordinator

Michelle Shen


Director of Communications

Tanya Datta

Director of Communications

Esther Jeon

Director of Community Building

Serena Gupta

Director of Community Building

Joyce Xu

Cathy Zhang

Director of Finances

Supporters A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2016 – 2017 year a great success:

ORGANIZATIONS Student Activities Council (SAC) Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition Sugar Philly Penn Performing Arts Groups

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GlobeMed at the University of Pennsylvania Annual Report 2016-17  
GlobeMed at the University of Pennsylvania Annual Report 2016-17