GlobeMed at Amherst College

GlobeMed is a nationwide, registered non-profit run by students at 46 colleges and universities in the United States. We aim to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. Each school's chapter partners with a grassroots organization already working to improve the health of its community abroad. GlobeMed at Amherst partners with Pastoral de la Salud in Cuscatlan, El Salvador to improve access to high quality health education and care for 47 communities, and to advocate for their human right to health. Pastoral de la Salud began their work in the early 1990s, delive...

GlobeMed at Amherst College
31 Mead Drive
AC#2036 Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
713-899-7070
http://amherstglobemed.blogspot.com/

Board of Directors

Jaya Tripathi, Ethan Edmondson, Carolyn Bernstein, Sandy Shepherd, Philip Hendrix, Hannah Cooper, Sara Abrahams, Kokaale Amissah-Aidoo, William Biche, Sophia Meyerson

Mission

GlobeMed is a nationwide, registered non-profit run by students at 46 colleges and universities in the United States. We aim to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. Each school's chapter partners with a grassroots organization already working to improve the health of its community abroad. GlobeMed at Amherst partners with Pastoral de la Salud in Cuscatlan, El Salvador to improve access to high quality health education and care for 47 communities, and to advocate for their human right to health. Pastoral de la Salud began their work in the early 1990s, delivering health care to civilian populations in civil war-torn areas. Pastoral de la Salud is a coalition of 12 parishes that attends to a total of 47 communities. Through the work of volunteers and community health workers, Pastoral provides health education, prevention, and natural medicine, placing a focus on children's health from pre-natal care through age five. Each year since the Fall of 2010, GlobeMed at Amherst has renewed its commitment to help design projects that fill critical needs identified by Pastoral, to ensure that 100% of funds raised through on-campus campaigns and individual donations go to implementing these projects, and to intern on-site each summer to evaluate impact.

Programs

We work with our partner organization Pastoral de la Salud to develop and fund projects that support public health in three zones in El Salvador, in the communities that have little or no access to adequate health services or knowledge of what their rights to health are. Two years ago, we worked on a project in which we gave a group of teenagers the funding to develop and open a small store that would serve as a source of income while they finished their education, as many children do not have the opportunity to get educated because they do not have money to support themselves through it. Last year we funded the development and installation of a food security project that aimed to provide increased nutrition and a continuous source of food for 60 families in Cuscatlan through fishponds and chickencoops. The current project we are working on is the training of hundreds of community health workers, who will take what they learn about nutrition, dengue fever, maternal and child health, and other common health problems back to their communities and the communities around them.

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