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.
Jan 2, 2013

Looking Forward to a New Year of MHEP

Happy New Year!

We are extremely excited to welcome the New Year with regards to GlobeMed at GWU's partnership with the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) and the Maternal Health Education Program (MHEP). January marks the beginning of the transition of RVCP's Coordination Board which leads the activities of the organization. After this process is completed, RVCP and GlobeMed at GWU will begin a newly designed Maternal Health Education Program in February. 

Each round of MHEP adds 50 women to the income generating cooperative, therefore increasing the financial burden on the cooperative to make enough money to support the quickly growing group. This year, we have chosen to perform two rounds of MHEP, one in February and one in May when GlobeMed at GWU's GROW Interns will be in Rwanda. This decision was made in cooperation with the Income Generating Cooperative of mothers who have graduated from MHEP in the past three years. By executing two separate MHEPs, each with thirty women, we will be able to increase the number of mothers who can be enrolled in the program while minimizing the strain on the cooperative at large by reducing the number of women added at the completion of each MHEP.

In addition, the cooperative will be broken down into three groups, each with a designated activity for income generation: pig rearing, agricultural production, and market sales. This change was also requested by the women in the cooperative who suggested that more activities for income generation would help profits and encourage participation by women who may have talents in activities besides agricultural production. Pig rearing provides a significant profit due to the high demand for manure in Rwanda, as farming is extremely important to Rwandan life. The mothers involved in the agricultural production group within the cooperative are currently growing corn, which will be harvested in May. Finally, the third group will buy goods at local markets and sell them for higher prices at busier markets. We are extremely optimistic and excited to see how these changes will benefit the cooperative.

On the home front, GlobeMed at GWU has been busy with fundraising events in DC. Our most successful event of the semester has been our 5K Run for Rwanda, which we hosted on the Georgetown Waterfront. Looking forward, we are eagerly preparing for a Benefit Brunch on April 7th at Bistro Bistro where we will host a panel of public health professionals who will speak about challenges regarding Maternal Health in developed and developing nations (for more information, please email gwu@globemed.org).

As always, we cannot thank you enough for continuing to support our efforts and the empowerment of women in rural Rwanda. Your contributions directly improve the ability of Rwandan mothers in the Huye district to provide for their families and gain valuable knowledge about their health and their children's health.

Nov 19, 2012

Teaching sessions in Villages

RVCP Volunteer during the teaching session
RVCP Volunteer during the teaching session

Goal: The overall aims and objectives of RVCP is to provide sustainable improvement

In the health and  living conditions of underprivileged communities through health Promotion with an emphasis on self-reliance, active and responsible participation. RVCP seeks to work with the most disadvantaged villages in the Rwanda. The Project is specifically aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of the Anti-HIV/AIDS clubs in problem solving, project management, and promoting greater awareness of responsible sexual behavior. The ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of sexually related health problems, with the intention of spreading awareness to the greater community through the training of young people. The project is set in Southern Province of Rwanda.

Objectives:     

  • Educating the youth in different issues of HIV/AIDS, STIs and responsible sexual behavior, as well as informing about anatomy and physiology of the genitals, reproductive health, family planning, treatment and care for those living with HIV/AIDS, and voluntary HIV-testing and counseling.
  • To encourage ABC methods (Abstinence, be faithful, use of contraceptives/condoms).
  • Fight against sexual violence.
  • Promote vocational skills generate employment; install responsibility and innovative thinking with the clubs.

An emphasis is put on community involvement and integration, particularly of those Youths affected by HIV/AIDS, to ease stigma and enabling the clubs to provide basic help to their HIV/AIDS positive members.

Teaching sessions

The topics covered in sessions include: Anatomy and the physiology of the genitals, love and sexual relationships, HIV/AIDS (symptoms, methods of transmission, prevention, promoting voluntary HIV-testing) educating about reproductive health, responsible sexual behavior, HIV/AIDS& gender and sexual violence, treatment for and care of people living with HIV/AIDS as well as sexual transmitted infections (STIs) and family planning. 


Group Discussions
Group Discussions
Presentation by some Club members
Presentation by some Club members
Poem presentation
Poem presentation
Song presentation
Song presentation
International Participants from BVDA(UK)
International Participants from BVDA(UK)

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Nov 5, 2012

amazi ni isoko y'ubuzima

teaching session with volunteers
teaching session with volunteers



AMAZI NI ISOKO Y’UBUZIMA



Amazi ni isoko y’ubuzima is a Kinyarwanda sentence “mother tongue of Rwandans” which mean “water is the source of life”.This is a sentence that is well recognized by many Rwandans during different education sessions
and campaigns related to Hygiene, water and sanitation practices and their importance on our daily life.



The sentence is also retained by MATYAZO primary school students at the completion of their hygiene and sanitation education sessions during the academic year of 2012 where the activities of Hygiene, water and
sanitation program of Rwanda village concept project were working as a target group for its project of Hygiene and sanitation education among primary school students.



During the academic year of 2012, Volunteers from RVCP at MATYAZO primary school which have around 1,000 students, covered different topics on hygiene practices promotion. Among these topics we have hand washing
practices promotion among primary schools students, body hygiene, home materials hygiene (dishes,jerican,..),school materials and class hygiene, latrines cleaning, water management and respiratory hygiene practices. Students also learned how to share information and skills gained among their family
members and other children from their villages in order to become ambassadors of hygiene, water and sanitation promotion practices.



Different methods were used to educate students on those different topics. Printed materials to provide children information on hygiene and sanitation, posters, flayers, songs and group discussions on topics covered.
Nowadays students are in their final exams to end their academic year and activities at the target group are now closing and they will start the academic year in January 2013 where the project will start the new primary school as a target group.



All things have not gone well during the activities implementation in this academic year. Normally the academic year of all students from Rwanda started in January of each year and end in starting November but now it changed for universities and colleges where they ended the last academic year in July 2012 and start the new 2012-2013 academic year in September 2012 which disturbed the way activities conducted as volunteers from RVCP who
implement hygiene, water and sanitation activities are national and international university students. To resolve the challenges the organization is preparing how the implementation of different sessions and topics to be
covered in different classes at the next new target will be marched with the academic year of volunteers and the target primary school students.



“Clean hands with soaps save live”



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