Global Health Partnerships Inc

Global Health Partnerships (GHP) is an organization of medical professionals and other volunteers who work as partners with local organizations, Ministries of Health, and local health care providers to improve the health and well-being of the poor. GHP provides humanitarian aid, medication and supplies, and medical services and training of local health workers .
Oct 4, 2010

LifeStitches Fall 2010 Update

     Thanks to your donations the LifeStitches sewing workshop is nearing completion. Storage cabinets, cutting tables, ironing stands and new pedal sewing machines have been ordered.  Move in is anticipated in late November. Global Health Partnership (GHP) President, and the GHP LifeStitches Project Coordinator will travel to Uganda in February 2011 for the building dedication.  As always, GHP members volunteer their time and pay out of pocket for their own travel expenses to the project.

     GHP Life Stitches project director visited the project site in Uganda this September 2010. The workshop members expressed a big thank you to all the Global Giving donors who have helped make their workshop and the new building space a reality. During this visit, meetings were held with the Aura Regional Hospital administrators to discuss increased partnership of LifeStitches  with the Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS Maternal and Child health program to reach more pregnant HIV/AIDS mothers who could benefit from workshop training and economic empowerment opportunities.

     Now that we have adequate workshop space, 2011 will be focused on development and capacity building of the workshop and increase membership beyond our current 40 active members. We plan to implement: (1) a sewing skills training course for new members using our senior members as the teacher/trainers; (2) an entrepreneur program to help senior members save and start up their own sewing businesses independent of the workshop; (3) leadership training for senior members in teaching and administration (4) basic literacy classes for unschooled members (5) increased peer support group HIV/AIDS outreach and education in the community.

     Product  development and production will be at the forefront of our efforts in 2011. We will be looking to increase training and income generating opportunities for as many new HIV/AIDS pregnant women and mothers who wish to join the workshop.  Two examples of product expansion include two new pilot projects already underway - one is making quilt blankets, the other is weaving  rag rugs. Both models are intended to recycle the end cut fabric from the napkins.

     Here in the US, preparation for the fall 2010 private home napkin sales parties is underway. Thanks to our wonderful volunteer party hostesses sales will be held in five states this fall:  Arizona, Colorado, Maryland , Montana and New Mexico.  We anticipate selling out of these wonderful napkin products and some new clothing items added to the product line by the close of the 2010 holiday season.

     Where does the money from the product sales go?   15% goes to our marketing costs here in the US; 22%  goes directly to the mothers for their salary, fabric costs and maintenance of their workshop building;  the remainder goes back into the project for workshop development and capacity building, members collective savings goals , and HIV/AIDS outreach education programs sponsored by the LifeStitches workshop members.

     Please join us in this vital development and capacity building phase with your Global Giving donations to LifeStitches .

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Sep 7, 2010

Successful recovery from starvation: An update

Rosina and her father
Rosina and her father

Rosina, shown in the photo, was one of the many young children who was found to be suffering from starvation from lack of food. Global Health Partnerships (GHP) has been providing nutritious fortified therapeutic food with very good results. Rosina is now a much healthier girl whose growth is improving thanks to your generous donations. In Kenya about 1 in 10 children die before reaching 5 years of age, and more than half of those childhood deaths are from starvation (malnutrition). Recent studies have shown that a community-based therapeutic feeding program, like the one established by GHP in Kenya, can provide very effective treatment. Most children will improve and recover from malnutrition after 2 months of therapeutic feeding. At a cost of only $45 a month, a $90 donation can provide the full treatment for a child like Rosina, with the potential to save a child from death caused by starvation and infection. The GHP Kenya project is based in the village of Kisesini in eastern Kenya. A group of volunteer community health workers in the surrounding isolated villages helps GHP find the poorest families with the most severely affected children, and ensure that they receive treatment and follow-up (growth monitoring). Thus far GHP has treated 160 children like Rosina, who suffer not only from hunger, but actual starvation (acute malnutrition). We can only continue this successful program with the generous support of our donors. Over 95% of the donations that we receive go directly into program services!

Mother and twins being treated for malnutrition
Mother and twins being treated for malnutrition
Volunteers weighing a child in the field
Volunteers weighing a child in the field

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Jun 29, 2010

Uganda LifeStitches Project - HIV mothers fight AIDS stigma , one stitch at a time

Eager workshop student
Eager workshop student

The LifeStitches project, www.lifestitches.org, began in 2008 in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Regional Hospital Prevention Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) program in Arua, Uganda. This is an economic empowerment project for HIV positive pregnant women and mothers with the goal being twofold. The first goal is to teach sewing skills and enable the women to earn income for themselves. The second goal is to enable these mothers to combat the AIDS- related stigma which they face on a daily basis in their communities and which is a major barrier to enrollment in the PMTCT medical programs ...an HIV positive pregnant women's only chance to prevent the spread of their HIV infection to their unborn infant. A small sewing workshop adjacent to the Maternal and Child Health PMTCT program building on the Regional Hospital grounds is being built with donor funds and the mother’s own contribution from their sewing profits. This construction has taken place on land donated by the hospital in stages as funding became available and will finally reach completion in September 2010. The workshop members have worked in the interim out of borrowed space in the hospital laundry pending the completion of their building. Electric and pedal sewing machines, electric and charcoal irons are the mainstay equipment. Two tailors in the hospital laundry have collaborated their efforts to train and assist the mothers. A train- the- trainer program was conducted in fall 2008 by the project director and the production of high quality cotton table products was accomplished in the following two months by the approximately twenty PMTCT mothers(now fifty mothers are skilled). The product market includes sales to a high end African Crafts store, Banana Boat in Kampala the Uganda capital and to private “napkin party “ markets in the US. Orders to Banana Boat are difficult to keep filled , napkins have ‘sold out’ the past two years in the US. More adept and skilled mothers mentor and teach the less skilled mothers. Mothers are hard working, eager, quick to learn the skills and have mastered their own systems of management and reimbursement. This past year, mothers have begun classes by a local micro finance institution trained instructor in entrepreneurship. In September 2010, the project will be ready to move into the completed workshop/sewing school space, operate full capacity, and expand domestic and US markets. Perhaps most exciting, it is ready to open a “back door “ to the workshop with micro loans to mothers ready now to start their own sewing business in their respective villages. Enrolment began at 20 mothers it is now about 50 mothers with working training space being the rate limiting factor. Future planned activities for the project in 2010-2011 (which will be supported by US volunteers who wish to co direct these ventures with the workshop mothers) include : (1) Establish an entrepreneur training and support program, the "back door" for women ready to start their own business. This will entail giving the mothers their own pedal sewing machine and purchasing their napkins back for resale.... the mothers will repay the loan with their napkin profits and with in kind teaching time to new members of the workshop; (2) Expand the workshop production capacity with local Ugandan contracts... school uniforms, hospital scrubs, factory workers uniforms, etc; (3) Open a boutique knitting shop with products destined to the western markets (4) Develop a high end quilt workshop using the scraps from the napkin fabric cuts, a collaboration with US quilters. LifeStitches project owes is growing development and sucess to two factors: the wonderful energetic, intelligent hard working PMTCT mothers in Uganda and to our many donors and volunteers who believe in the importance and potential of this empowerment project.

Mastering fabric cutting skills
Mastering fabric cutting skills
Working just outside the laundry workshop space
Working just outside the laundry workshop space

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