GlobeMed at the George Washington University

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. Through involvement today, students commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice. GlobeMed at GWU specifically aims to improve the health of the impoverished in solidarity with our Partner RVCP, a grassroots organizations in Southern Rwanda, through self-sustainable programs.
May 6, 2014

New trimester, a lot of energy

Kids after a teaching session
Kids after a teaching session

We are in the second week of the second trimester for primary school pupils. As planned our volunteers are conducting weekly teaching sessions on hygiene, water and sanitation good practices. The school that we have worked in 2013 has received a partner to build latrines with good hygienic standards by the help of RVCP advocacy. RVCP volunteers in its hygiene program are educating kids from 1st year to 6th year on how to use the latrines in a good way in order to make latrines last longer and prevent diseases which may come from unsafe practices of hand washing. The school administration is always reminded to provide water for hand washing for kids every time they use the latrines. Currently the organization is working on fundraising for water tank construction at school which will benefit both the school and the villagers around Nyanza primary school. We look forward to work with you to make this goal achievable. Do not hesitate to contact us on rwandavcp@gmail.com or rvcp_coordinator@yahoo.com for further information.

Mar 27, 2014

Wrapping up Partnership

RVCP and GlobeMed have worked closely together for more than five years on the Maternal Health Education Program in Rwanda. Like all sustainable partnerships, there comes a point when the organizations turn the program over to the local community so that they are able to take full ownership. This year, that is what RVCP and GlobeMed at GW have been working toward. We have worked with RVCP to help the women's cooperative go through the application process to become certified and recognized by the government and therefore eligible to receive government support in the following years. 

Along these lines, the government of Rwanda has showed interest in rice harvesting and so have the women of the cooperative. The cooperative has decided that growing rice will be more profitable than harvesting crops such as potatoes and corn, given the working conditions they have. Since this is important to the women, and what they want to spend their time on, GlobeMed has chosen to help them start this project for the first year including renting the land, and purchasing the necessary start up costs. In addition we are trying to set up a meeting between the government agricultural specialist and the cooperative so that the women are fully trained and educated on what it takes to grow a successful rice crop. 

We hope to see the women's cooperative successful in a project that they have chosen to pursue and would love your help in assisting with the start up costs of their vision. 

Feb 20, 2014

Training on HIV Awareness and Malaria

During the training
During the training

Under support of Rwanda BioMedical Center,the Rwanda Village Concept Project-RVCP in collaboration with Medical Students' Association of Rwanda and the Faculty of Medicine have organized a training on HIV Awareness and Malaria.The Dean of faculty of Medicine has officially opened the event by providing condoms and Moskito-nets to the trainees,medical students of Rwanda.The training was carried out at Butare,University of Rwanda,School of Medicine ,in Southern Province of Rwanda. 

This training will enable students as volunteers to feel motivated in keeping their Health initiatives in the Community of Rwanda.The volunteers will be able to train other young people in different ereas of Rwanda.Some of the trainees are the volunteers of the project"HIV/AIDS avoidance in 150 Village young people" that is intended to increase the knowledge of 150 village young people about HIV preventionsexually transmitted infections (STI's); reproductive health and methods of family planning in HUYE District.

Participants discussion
Participants discussion
Dean of Faculty talking about the condom
Dean of Faculty talking about the condom
Dean of Faculty talking to the Students
Dean of Faculty talking to the Students
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