GlobeMed at UChicago

Founded in 2010, GlobeMed at the University of Chicago is one of 55 branches of the wider GlobeMed organization, which partners college students with grassroots leaders worldwide to combat healthcare inequity. GlobeMed at the University of Chicago works alongside the Asociacion de Personas Afectadas por Tuberculosis del Peru (ASPAT-Peru) in the poorest districts of Lima, Peru and the nearby seaport of Callao. GlobeMed at the University of Chicago and ASPAT-Peru are in the third year of their partnership, have contributed almost $21,000 to the fight against tuberculosis, and are continuing to improve the quality of life of tuberculosis patients, to alleviate the stigma they face, and to i...
Jun 26, 2014

Planning and expansion

Dear Donor,
Hello! On behalf of the Asociación de Personas Afectadas por Tuberculosis (ASPAT-Peru), I would like to thank you once again for your generous donation.  It is an exciting time for our project, which we hope will improve the nutrition of tuberculosis patients while they undergo treatment.
ASPAT has been consulting with a qualified nutritionist to design the menus for the TB patients, which should be finished shortly. Shortly aftery, they will put together a guidebook for TB patients on how they can meet their caloric needs outside of the centers.  The breakfasts will be served to 30 patients for six months, and we will track their progress during their recovery.  We believe that the meals will not only provide additional nutrition, but will also provide a strong incentive to come into the clinic to receive daily medicine.
Also, exciting news!  STOP TB has given its support to ASPAT in order to expand our model throughout Peru.  This means that the success of our breadfast program could improve the lives of all Peruvian TB patients.  In addition, ASPAT may be featured in a project (AERAS) highlighting the work done and risks taken by TB advocates.
Later this summer, GlobeMed will send some of its staff to Peru to learn more about what we can do to help.  We plan to implement our project later this year, and we'll keep you updated of our progress.  Thanks again for your support; your donation has the chance of improving thousands of lives across Peru.
Thank you,
GlobeMed at the University of Chicago and ASPAT-Peru
Mar 27, 2014

Planning the Desayunos Project

On behalf of the Association of People Affected by Tuberculosis (ASPAT), the staff of GlobeMed at the University of Chicago would like to thank you for your generous donation.  Your contribution will enable us to implement our Desayunos project, and bring tuberculosis patients together for a daily breakfast at their clinic. 

We've chosen the clinic where the breakfast project will take place:  Centro de Salud San Sebastian.  It serves about 30 TB patients, our target size for this pilot program.  For six months we will provide breakfast at the clinic, ensuring that the patients come in for their daily doses of medication.  In addition, the nutritional meals will keep their immune systems strong while they're on treatment, and ameliorate some of the harsh side effects of the medication.  We hope that these breakfasts will also create a community where the patients can give each other emotional support.

We are currently in the planning stages of this project.  ASPAT is planning the meals and looking into food providers, and we at GlobeMed are working on data collection.  Since this is a pilot program, we want to be sure we can accurately gauge the impact it has.  We have also chosen two similar clinics to use as baseline comparisons.

Our goal is to increase the treatment compliance rate from 90% to 95%.  Thanks to your help, we are one step closer!

We will keep you updated as the start date of this project draws nearer, later this year.  Again, you have our sincere gratitude, and more importantly, the gratitude of 30 people suffering from tuberculosis.

 

Thank you!

GlobeMed at the University of Chicago and ASPAT Peru

(photo credit: Peru Ministry of Health)

Nov 25, 2013

Success! Microbusinesses Funded

Cristhian, a participant in the program
Cristhian, a participant in the program

We want to thank you so much for funding our microbusiness project!  Your generous donation is supporting 17 former TB patients as they start their new businesses.  It is a very exciting time for our partner, ASPAT Peru, whose staff have spent the last few months selecting and training the new small business owners.  Now, the former patients are in the process of putting their business plans into practice.

 

Program Timeline:

 

June-August

  • Information sessions
  • Interviews with former patients
  • Selection of former patients for the business training program

 

September – November (training)

  • Personal characteristics and business management
  • Evaluation of the feasibility of business plans and granting of seed funds
  • Execution of business plans

 

December – February

  • Execution of business plans
  • Assessment and technical assistance
  • Monitoring

 

Description of Training

21 former patients were interviewed who fit the selection criteria who, after a social evaluation, were given training in entrepreneurial skills over the next few months.  17 people were trained in personal entrepreneurial characteristics and Business Management.  In the first part of training, they identified the 10 Personal Characteristics of a successful business owner and strengthened their own entrepreneurial skills.  In the second part, they revised and finalized a business idea and identified the environmental influences on their businesses.  In the third part, they identified the basic elements of marketing, and they investigated the market and made a sales plan.  Fourth, they determined the form and organization of production and the costs of their products or services.  Fifth, the participants recognized the importance of cash flow to evaluate their investment options and the viability of their businesses.  At the end of the workshop, they elaborated on their business plans to begin their businesses.

 

Implementation of Business Plans

ASPAT staff have undertaken eight field visits to evaluate the feasibility of implementing the businesses and the supplies necessary for their implementation and is in the process of visiting the rest of the business owners and granting them seed money.

 

Again, a warm thank-you to our donors!  The participants were incredibly excited to have had this opportunity.  This supplement to their incomes will go a long way towards counteracting the stigma of being a TB survivor, lifting them out of poverty, and creating new opportunities for them and their children.

 

This project is now completed, but we have a new project that provides breakfasts to TB patients in order to increase the success of treatment:  Keep TB Patients Healthy, Strong, and on Treatment.  The page has yet to go live, but keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks.

 

One last time, a great big thank you from GlobeMed, ASPAT, and the new business owners.

 

GlobeMed at the University of Chicago

Jose Antonio, a participant being interviewed
Jose Antonio, a participant being interviewed
Staff and patients
Staff and patients
Sussy, a participant, being interviewed
Sussy, a participant, being interviewed

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