GlobeMed at CU Boulder

Mission: To engage students in the movement for global health equity by training students to generate resources and awareness, developing knowledge bases and skill sets, and providing opportunities to work and learn alongside Himalayan HealthCare, our partner organization in Nepal. We believe that every person has a role to play in global health equity and part of our mission is to help students find their place in the movement. Vision: To be the most effective student-run nonprofit organization in the state of Colorado, giving students the knowledge, exposure, and skill sets to be effective within the movement for global health equity and social justice while making a tangible impact in...

GlobeMed at CU Boulder
UMC 348
1669 Euclid Avenue
Boulder, Colorado 80309
United States
7343582155
http://www.globemedcu.org/

Chapter External Co-President, 2011-2012

Scott Mahlberg

Board of Directors

Sweta Adhikary, Ellie M Falletta, Eva Adler

Project Leaders

Grace Lincenberg

Mission

Mission: To engage students in the movement for global health equity by training students to generate resources and awareness, developing knowledge bases and skill sets, and providing opportunities to work and learn alongside Himalayan HealthCare, our partner organization in Nepal. We believe that every person has a role to play in global health equity and part of our mission is to help students find their place in the movement. Vision: To be the most effective student-run nonprofit organization in the state of Colorado, giving students the knowledge, exposure, and skill sets to be effective within the movement for global health equity and social justice while making a tangible impact in the lives of the impoverished in Nepal through a long-term partnership with Himalayan HealthCare.

Programs

Our chapter of GlobeMed at the University of Colorado at Boulder partners with Himalayan HealthCare in Nepal. The following is a description of the projects that GlobeMed supports along with the amount of funding we intend to provide for each project. Along with directly supporting our partner, we organize GROW (Grassroots On-Site Work) trips to Nepal for our members and educate our members weekly in a curriculum in global health, such as how to define poverty, how to combat it, and how it relates to and impacts global health inequities. The mission statement of our partner, Himalayan HealthCare, is to create sustainable development programs in the remote areas of Nepal that will improve the quality of life for its people. Himalayan HealthCare achieves its mission by providing primary healthcare, community education, and income generation programs that enable people to be self-supporting in the long-term. The programs GlobeMed at CU fund are: VILLAGE LATRINE PROGRAM: ($3000) 1. We are providing monies for a revolving fund established in HHC's villages that allows household latrines to be built, with the village members providing all the labor needed for construction. This program is creating a total restructuring of the water and sanitation situation in the villages. 2. This project is a long term project that will provide every household with an improved latrine in HHC's villages thus vastly decreasing open defecation and health detriment due to poor sanitation. INCOME GENERATION FOR WOMEN ($7000): 1. This HHC program provides Kami women with two goats as an income generation opportunity. 2 fully grown and 2 kid goats are provided; the fully grown goat can be sold to provide income that is needed right away and the kid goat is raised and then sold so that a savings account can be created for the Kami family to help pay for their children's' education and healthcare costs. Along with the goats, the program may also provide the Kami women with land plots by either buying or leasing the land. 2. The Kami people are blacksmiths who do not own any land and work in the other villagers' fields for food. Creating a project for them to save money is paramount for their long term health. The impact of this program in the long term is to empower the women to help reduce high rate of domestic violence and alcoholism as well as improve the poor education and health in the Kami community. 3. The project is intended to give every Kami woman in HHC this income generation opportunity. HHC will send us quarterly updates on the progress of the program and significant changes that have been observed in the villages. COOK STOVES PROGRAM: ($3000) 1. HHC has trained various community personnel to build these cook stoves so that they are as effective and efficient as possible. Composed of mud, water, straw, and dung, these stoves will filter the smoke up and out of the house. The stoves will also allow more efficient burning of firewood by filtering the heat directly to the pots being used. 2. The Cook Stove program is a program that immediately benefits the health of families who cook over an open fire, in their house. Not only does it reduce the amount of smoke inhalation that occurs, but it saves firewood so that women do not have to spend as many hours hiking up to the jungle to gather firewood. 3. Ultimately we hope to offer cook stoves to all people in the village. We will work with HHC to coordinate how many cook stoves may be built with the funds we provide. NUTRITION PROJECT: ($6000) 1. This project is a combination of the RUTF program that is already occurring in the villages and a new program called, "sarbottam pitho (village blended food)." RUTF will provide assistance to acutely malnourished children through the program NUTrition Nepal. Sarbottam Pitho will teach village workers about local food that will offer sufficient nutrition. These village workers will then teach their respective villages the combinations of food that will benefit their health. 2. These projects both separately, and in conjunction, will relieve villages of nutrition problems. RUTF will especially help younger children and the Sarbottam Pitho program will improve the nutrition of entire families. 3. Body Mass Indices will be measured during the RUTF programs so that the nourishment of individuals receiving treatment will be monitored. MEDICAL SUPPLIES PROJECT ($3000) 1. In order to provide sufficient medical supplies to the various health posts and hospital, materials will be funded as needed from GlobeMed's contributions. 2. Assuring the health post has sufficient inventory is vital for the health of people living in the area. SCHOLARSHIP FUND ($3000) 1. This fund will give select students the opportunity to receive a more rigorous and beneficial education whether that is in the villages or Kathmandu. Ultimately, HHC requires that students who receive this assistance give back to their village through their various education specialties. 2. Not only is educating people beneficial to entire communities, but HHC's requirements ensure students are benefitting their home villages.

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