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...
Apr 7, 2014

Mpoma/GlobeMed at UCLA Project Report

"Water is life!" -Harriet, community member of Waluga Village in Mukono District, Uganda. 

Since the inception of the WASH Project in August 2013, our partnership has been hard at work developing various aspects of the project in anticipation of the June 2014 implementation. The GlobeMed at UCLA chapter is in the process of fundraising through various events on campus, grants and individual giving campaigns. Mpoma Community HIV/Inititative has been equally active, gathering information about the construction costs of the new sources of water. Both partners have maintained a dialogue regarding the development of the Sanitation and Hygiene curriculum, set to be taught starting June 2014. 

The WASH Project, when implemented, will be coupled with a village savings program to promote a savings culture wtihin the community. By doing so, we anticipate an increase in the amount of long term care for the sources of water as we hope to emopower community members to take ownership of their sources. We plan to do this by having community members remain responsible for all repairs needed on the water sources after construction. 

This project will help the community progress towards a more prosperous future, so please support GlobeMed at UCLA and Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative as we aim to put life back into our partner community through the WASH Project!

Jan 22, 2014

Project Dissolution

STF-NYC/GLOBEMED PROJECT REPORT

NOVEMBER 2013-JANUARY 2014                 

19/01/2014

Since 2009, GlobeMed at UCLA has had the unique opportunity to partner with one of Straight Talk Foundations' four youth centers, the Nwoya Youth Center. With the vision to drive health development through community empowerment, the Nwoya Youth Center and GlobeMed came together to support a powerful movement for global health equity. Since then, the Anaka community has inspired and humbled many university students. The primary goal of the partnership was to expand upon the outreach services of the Nwoya Youth Center in order to empower and educate local youth to make healthy decisions for their futures. Over the years, the cohesive partnership has expanded numerous sexual health programs, creating a tangible impact in the Anaka community through our projects.  

By mutual agreement, the projects funded through this partnership have no future plans of expansion, due to capacity limits and growth constraints. 

Key project Activities

  • Sexual reproductive health outreaches to schools.
  • Sanitary pads support to young girls.
  • Training of senior women teachers.
  • Goats Monitoring.  
  • Supporting the youth center with project achievements.

The Sexual Health Outreach project successfully completed said activities throughout its duration and exceeded all goals in the execution and delivery process, as seen in the purchase of equipment and necessities that will help sustain the continuation of Nwoya's other projects and mission. 

We are proud of the dedication and passion that the Nwoya Youth Center staff and volunteers have continuously demonstrated. The Center has become an invaluable resource for the surrounding communities, and it's growth allows us to believe that it will continue to provide high quality outreach and education as the Anaka community evolves. 

Oct 29, 2013

STF-NYC/GLOBEMED PROJECT REPORT AUG - OCT 2013

  

STF-NYC/GLOBEMED PROJECT REPORT

AUGUST-OCTOBER 2013                 

28/10/2013

INTRODUCTION

 Straight Talk Foundation-Nwoya Youth Center is in partnership with Globe Med at UCLA to implement sexual Health outreach project targeting youths in Anaka and purongo, Nwoya District in Northern Uganda. This year we are targeting to reach out to 5000 young youth in Anaka, Nwoya District.

Project goal: To make an impact on the lives of 5000 young youths in Nwoya District by allowing general youth as well as the special groups access to sexual health education services and supplies.

Specific Objectives:

v  To increase adoption of safer sex practices among adolescents through abstinence, corrective condom use, reduced partners and faithfulness.

v  To increase young people utilization of HIV prevention and other ASRH services at Straight Talk Foundation - Nwoya Youth Center in one year.

v  To increase female student enrollment, retention, and completion of at least Primary 7.

v  To empower the young mothers have a sustainable livelihood that would help them meet their basic needs.

v To increase access to ASRH information and services among the youths  in Nwoya district

Key project Activities

  • Sexual reproductive health outreaches to schools.
  • Sanitary pads support to young girls.
  • Training of senior women teachers.
  • Goats Monitoring.  
  • Supporting the youth centre with

 

 

 

 

Project achievements

SUMMARY OF ACHIEVEMENTS 

S/N

ACTIVITIES

PLANNED TARGET

ACTUAL ACHIEVEMENT

COMMENT

1

Sexual reproductive health outreaches to schools.

2,020(male 1000 and female 1,020)

1,759 (979male, female 780)

 

2

Sanitary pads support to young girls.

200 young girls

200 girls supported

200 girls given 2 sets of comprehensive Reusable pads containing 10 pieces of pads. These was given along with 1 packet of omo detergent,1bar of washing soap to the girls and 3 basins and 3 Jeri cans for each of the 7 school to keep hygiene of the girls.

3

Training of senior women teachers.

20 teachers

19 senior women teachers attended

These senior women teachers were trained on the use of reusable pads, hygiene, STI’s, and SRH.

4

Capacity Building

Install solar panels, increase productivity through purchasing of computer and camera, increase safety with purchase of appropriate riding gear

Achieved.

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  • Sexual reproductive health outreaches to schools: Nwoya youth center conducted a total of 09school outreach sensitization and 05 community outreach sensitization on sexual reproductive health in Anaka and Purongo Sub-counties- Nwoya District. 

These outreaches helps the youth to discuss and get information about sexual reproductive health, life skills and sexuality issues that affects their life so that they are able to make informed decision  regarding their health by adopting to safer sex practices and utilization of reproductive health services for a healthy generation of youths. At least 50% of the youths know most of the basics concerning sexual reproductive health.

This can be seen by the increase in the utilization of condoms (i.e. 1,200 pieces of condoms distributed), IEC materials distributed was 5,500 copies), Number of youth attended HIV counseling and testing this quarter was 3,120, increase in the number of youth accessing safe male circumcision and youths accessing STI’s treatment at the various health centers in Nwoya.

 The center reached a total of 1759 adolescents with sexual reproductive health messages (979male 780 females).

Quotes: “Sex education in primary schools is lacking and STF-NYC has come timely at the time when this generation needs a lot of Adolescent sexual reproductive health information and services due to many complicated sexually transmitted infections. With the health messages being given I am managing my body changes wisely and realized that body changes are normal and healthy” one of the pupil at Anaka Public P/s stressed. 

 

        (Pupils of Gok primary and Anaka P7 schools attending SRH dialogue).                                

  • Sanitary pads support to young girls: this time the project looked at the sustainability of the intervention and decided to support the girls with reusable sanitary pads which can be used for 1 year. The sanitary pads support is intended to promote girl child education through retention and regular school attendance by young girls. The beneficiaries of these pads now have no reason to abscond or drop out of school since they have regular supply of these pads throughout the year; this has increase the girl’s concentration on studies. The schools and parents of these girls are very thankful to Globemed and Nwoya youth center for this initiative and they are ready to support this initiative as they have seen great improvement in terms of performance and concentration among the girls.

A total of 200 young girls from seven different schools are benefiting from the supply of these reusable sanitary pads while the rest of the school community are benefiting from the sexual reproductive health sensitization and are informed on making good use of the local materials to make local pads and be informed on issues concerning their body changes and health.

The beneficiary schools for the pads include; Kulamuka Primary school, Anaka Primary school, Alokolum Gok primary school, Patira primary school, Purongo primary school, Oruka primary school and Gotapwoyo primary school.

 

 

(Pupils of Oruka and Anaka school receiving package of reusable pads after training)

 

Quote: I feel at ease using reusable pads because it’s simple to use and i need not to buy pads every month since I have one that i can use for two years without spending money to buy another one. I can come to school with confidence and attend lessons without any interference unlike those days when I would be unsure where to get pads which can help me during my menstruation.” One Acan Milly of P6 and 15 years a pupil of Anaka primary school lamented.

 

  • Training of senior women teachers on Reusable pads and sexual reproductive health. This training was intended to introduce reusable pads to the senior women teachers and the pupils especially on the use, hygiene and SRH issues relating to girls. 19 senior women teachers trained out of 20 and 200 girls where later on trained by the senior women teachers together with the Nwoya youth centre staffs. 

    

( Participants attending training on reusable sanitary pads and sexual reproductive health)

  • Villages Loans and Savings Program. A group of young mothers from the area came together to create a Village Loans and Savings Program. Each member contributes to the fund, and the women are able to withdraw money to start a business or in an emergency, and will pay it back with interest.
  •  

Quote:I am strong and self reliant mother since it’s easier for me to get loan and do business. I joined village savings and loan scheme because of the goats given where I save on average 5000 UGX every week to supplement my livelihood. Thanks to Nwoya youth centre for bringing me back to life and………………..”  One Evelyn young mother quoted.

 

 

  • Youth friendly activities: The youth centre conduct games and sports, counseling, IEC material distribution and health talk to the youths coming to seek for services, with the improvement on the youth center games and sports facilities, most youth have liked the place since it provide education and information on many health related problem, counseling and life skills.

Onen richard 17 years ,P7 says, “I like coming to the youth centre since it has all what I need to grow healthy. I can play , receive counseling and can read magazine on SRH. So I advice my friends to always make use of the youth centre.”

 

(In- school youth playing indoor games at the youth center)

  • The picture below shows Nwoya youth staffs possed in their riding gears bought with support from  Globemed. A volunteer of the Center will also be attending mechanic school so that he can repair the bikes when needed. Beatrice one of the NYC staffs says “ I can now ride without any fear whether on rain because I am well protected. Thanks for Globemed.”

 

  • Solar Panels. Solar panels were installed at the center to replace a traditional generator for power. This is much more affordable and will help the center have electricity more easily.
  • Equipment.  A laptop and camera were purchased for the center so that they may be able to communicate more easily, especially with potential donors and partners in the future, as well as to build better documentation.
  • THE LIST OF THE 09 SCHOOLS REACHED WITH STF/NYC-GLOBEMED PROJECT IN ANAKA AND PURONGO SUB-COUNTIES THIS QUARTER.

S/N

Name of school in Purongo

Parish

1

Purongo Primary school

Pawatomero

2

Oruka Primary school

Paromo

3

Got Apwoyo Primary school

Latoro

 

S/N

Name of school in Anaka

Parish

1

Anaka Primary school

Anaka T/C

2

Pope paul V, SS Anaka

Anaka T/C

3

Kulu amuka Primary school

Kuluamuka

4

Alokulum Gok Primary school

Pabali

5

Patira Primary school

Ywaya

6

Anaka Public Primary School

Anaka Town Council

 

Challenges

  • Transport facility to help implement project work is a problem. The center relies on one motorbike to do project work and the second motorbike is weak and disturbs a lot. This should be somewhat alleviated by the training of a volunteer to help with the repairs.
  • Inadequate office space to implement project work effectively.
  • The centre would take time to coupe up with the end of partnership since through this support; the centre was doing a lot to reach out to the youths.

Recommendations

  • If possible Globemed would continue with sanitary pad support to the girls under this project since this is the only project, which STF may not do a lot as compared to other activities.
  • Needs to revise the project documents and begin lobbying for funding from other sources to help the desperate beneficiaries.

 

 

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