GlobeMed

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. Each chapter is assigned an international partner grassroots organization which they directly work with and fundraise for.
Dec 2, 2013

Holiday Globemed Update

Happy Holidays Global Givers! It’s been a great fall semester for Globemed at Cornell. We welcomed new members and raised almost two hundred dollars during our annual “Apples for Education” caramel apple fundraiser in early November. Here is an update on all things Globemed!

 Repartnership:

 Due to concerns the national office has expressed about CEPAIPA, Globemed at Cornell is being asked to repartner with a new organization. When evaluated using new criteria for optimal partner organizations that were determined by the national office, CEPAIPA did not score strongly. The office indicated concern about their lack of organization and our inability to measure their progress and impact on the community. As a result, the national office is sending out a closed application for potential new partners. Globemed at Cornell will review the applications and select a new partner in late January. While we are sad to see our partnership with CEPAIPA end, we are excited to be able to make positive change with a new partner. Stay tuned for an announcement about our adventure in early 2014!

 HIV/AIDS Festival:

 While we will be saying goodbye to CEPAIPA in January, the students of CEPAIPA have planned an event with the last $2,000 dollars that Cornell Globemed sent them. On December 1st, CEPAIPA will hold an HIV/AIDS awareness festival with the theme “Camino conmigo, vamos a cero”, or “Walk with Me, Let’s go to Zero”. The festival will feature information on how to prevent, diagnose, and treat HIV/AIDS, and the dangers that the disease poses. The festival is in support of the Ecuadorian movement to have zero new HIV infections or deaths from AIDS, and the theme matches the current slogan of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS prevention and control program.

 Hilltop Conference:

 The weekend of November 8th, several Cornell Globemedders attended the Hilltop Conference at Columbia University in New York City. Hilltop is an annually held Globemed conference that allows members from chapters all over the country to meet and discuss global health issues. Professor Jeffery Sachs of Columbia gave a popular presentation about the Millennium Development Goals, a project that he initiated with the United Nations. If you are interested in learning more about this project, visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals. The members of Cornell Globemed had a great time at the conference and came back even more inspired than before!

 Thank You!

All of us here at Cornell Globemed want to extend our sincere thanks to you for your support. It is your generosity that makes it possible for us to continue our mission to spread global health awareness and achieve worldwide social justice. Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful and safe new year!

Sep 3, 2013

GROW Summer 2013

GlobeMed love
GlobeMed love

GlobeMed at Cornell and CEPAIPA have had a very busy and exciting summer! Two of our Globemed members, Jo and Becky, traveled to La Libertad to spend a month with CEPAIPA. They were there for the opening of the lab and we couldn’t be more excited abut it. We still have a little over $1,000 to raise for the lab to pay for basic materials such as needles, syringes and tubes, as well as salaries for the staff. 

GlobeMed at Cornell's GROW chair, Jo, reflected on her time with CEPAIPA:

 

This year's Summer 2013 GROW Internship was exhilarating, challenging, productive, educational, and truly inspiringOur GROW team traveled to La Libertad, Ecuador for 4 weeks to work with our partner organization, CEPAIPA. While on site, we worked closely with the CEPAIPA students and coordinators, helping them put on skits, musical performances, dances, and comedy acts to promote health awareness and combat drug abuse.  We also inaugurated the testing laboratory that we have been raising money for the past two years and promoted this new service through classroom presentations and TV, radio, and newspaper interviews.  Our team was there to see the lab examine its first patients. Now, students and their families can receive low-cost blood and urine tests to test for HIV, STI's, diabetes, anemia, and a host of other conditions that often go undetected.  

During our time in La Libertad, we also deepened our understanding of the health issues facing the community by talking to students, school administrators, and community members.  One common theme that emerged was need for a culture of prevention in the community.  The general sentiment was that getting tested, using protection, and maintaining health needs to be more strongly promoted in La Libertad.  Many expressed their belief that the testing laboratory will initiate this cultural shift towards preventative lifestyles.  Everyone was thrilled to have affordable testing services available inside the school, and they all expressed their appreciation for the support that GlobeMed at Cornell provides year-round 

 

We are so proud to have had the opportunity to conduct GlobeMed @ Cornell's first every full length GROW internship and to meet everyone in our partner organization.  Our GROW team has returned to the States with renewed energy and  determination to continue the fight for global health equity. 


Please take a look at the video blogs Jo and Becky put together to learn more about their time and experience this summer!  http://globemedatcornell.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/grow-summer-2013-hola-from-la-libertad/

With the start of a new school year, we are all motivated and excited to continue to strengthen our partnership with CEPAIPA. We thank you again for your generous support, and we hope you stay tuned for progress on the project and more on CEPAIPA’s work in La Libertad! Stay updated and enjoy numerous photos by liking CEPAIPA’s, and GlobeMed at Cornell’s Facebook pages. 

Presentation on HIV,STI
Presentation on HIV,STI's anemia & diabetes tests
Testing lab in progress
Testing lab in progress
Inauguration Day!
Inauguration Day!
THE COMPLETED LAB!
THE COMPLETED LAB!
Completed lab again
Completed lab again

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Apr 30, 2013

Educating the Community through Music and Dance

Skyping with CEPAIPA at our last staff meeting!
Skyping with CEPAIPA at our last staff meeting!

Hey GlobalGivers!! I know it’s been a while since the last update but many exciting things have been going on with our partner organization CEPAIPA!

With your generous donations, GlobeMed has been able to reach our fundraising goal to completely fund the rapid HIV/AIDS testing lab! The lab will be completed and up and running by the end of May. With the remainder of the funds, a lab technician will be hired to get the lab started and to help train the students. Lab training of the students will allow for the sustainability of the lab for years to come.

On May 5th, the students have a festival planned to educate the community on sexual health and women’s reproductive rights. The students will be performing a musical to portray the sexual health lessons. The students at CEPAIPA continue taking active roles in educating their community and promoting safe health practices. Their love and passion for music and art helps teach the community in an interesting and hands on way. Look out for pictures to come from the upcoming festival!

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