GlobeMed at UCLA

GlobeMed is a national non-profit organization comprised solely of students and recent graduates that are dedicated to improving the health of people living in poverty around the world. Since its establishment in 2006, GlobeMed has grown to include 55 chapters and over 2,000 students nationwide. Each GlobeMed chapter is partnered with a grassroots organization in a developing country, with whom they collaborate on specific projects aimed at improving the health of the community. In addition, GlobeMed is active in raising awareness of global health and social justice issues on each of the network's university campuses. We do this by implementing a global health curriculum that is taught weekl...

GlobeMed at UCLA
10965 Strathmore Drive
Apt 504
Los Angeles, California 90024
United States
9257197143
http://globemed.org/impact/ucla/

External Co-President

Alexaya Learner

Board of Directors

Sofia Haq, Urmila Janardan, Ayesha Patil, Charlotte Follari, Karishma Patel

Project Leaders

Alexaya Learner

Mission

GlobeMed is a national non-profit organization comprised solely of students and recent graduates that are dedicated to improving the health of people living in poverty around the world. Since its establishment in 2006, GlobeMed has grown to include 55 chapters and over 2,000 students nationwide. Each GlobeMed chapter is partnered with a grassroots organization in a developing country, with whom they collaborate on specific projects aimed at improving the health of the community. In addition, GlobeMed is active in raising awareness of global health and social justice issues on each of the network's university campuses. We do this by implementing a global health curriculum that is taught weekly throughout the year to GlobeMed students, while also organizing general outreach events aimed at raising awareness of the general campus community about important global health issues.

Programs

GlobeMed at UCLA is partnered with Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative, located in South Central Uganda. Mpoma works to inspire and empower individuals, especially children, infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through innovated interventions aimed to improve their quality of life. Together, GlobeMed at UCLA and Mpoma are working on the WASH Project. The Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project aims to increase access to safe water and promote health in the Mpoma community. The goals of the project are to decrease the amount of time each family spends per day collecting water, promote a savings culture, and develop a curriculum to educate and empower community members on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Access to water in the Nama sub-county is limited due to a dearth of access points to water and a maintenance problems.As the sources of water become nonfunctional, the residents of the villages have to travel further and further to access safe water, sometimes forcing the families to walk nearly an hour from their homes. Furthermore,one of the largest problems our partnership noticed was the lack of long term care for the sources of water. Many villages felt that the drilled sources of water were a donation and that the donor was responsible for their upkeep. The WASH Project will change that by empowering the community members to take ownership of the sources. While helping the community members gain easier access to water, our partnership felt it would be beneficial to impart an educational curriculum to the community. A curriculum based on information collected from surveying community members will be developed and taught to students at Johnson Nkosi Memorial Primary School and the Village Health Team (VHT) members. The students and VHT members will then empower others by spreading proper sanitation and hygiene practices. The annual cost of the WASH Project total is $11,000 and such is our goal.

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