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.
Aug 21, 2014

HUYE Health Clinic

HUYE Health Clinic
HUYE Health Clinic

Rwanda Village Concept Project in collaboration with Huye district authorities and GlobeMed initiated a community health clinic at Rukira in HUYE sector. 

Prior to the clinic's creation, patients had to travel long distance to reach the nearest Sovu Health Center. The Health clinic is currently operational and provides basic health services. 

Since their partnership with GlobeMed at GWU started in 2007, the partnership has led to a refurbished health clinic with running water, electricity, and a new waiting room. Furthermore, they have initiated a Maternal Health Education and Income Generation Program for 150 mothers in rural Huye that seeks to empower women and reduce malnutrition in their children.
 
Aims

  • Continue to improve the Huye Health Clinic, creating solutions to problems such as logistics and lack of medical equipment.
  • Expand upon the Maternal Health Education Program in order to ultimately provide holistic, sustainable healthcare to the poorest families in Southern Rwanda.

Another important project which is still in process is the medical students volunteering service. Rwandan and international medical students, as part of their medical clerkship, will perform weekly visits to the Health Clinic to help the nurses in the management of patients.

Aug 6, 2014

Summer activities going on

It is now two months, RVCP volunteers have been volunteering in the hygiene, water and sanitation education sessions. The teaching sessions were being delivered at primary schools and villages that we work with. The teaching sessions focus on the role of hand washing tp prevent low hygiene related disease which might be contracted while eating or touching specific places on our body. 

The education sessions provided also the capacity of the participants to be able to spread the knowledge and skills gained among their colleagues in the village. The water boiling was also one of the main topics because the water for drinking is not clean, so it is very neccessary for everyone to boil water before drinking. 

The team welcome everyone who wish to join for improving his/her skills in hygiene, water and sanitation and in the community health improvement of the underprivileged communities. 

Jun 30, 2014

Women cooperative visit

Women in glasses after work
Women in glasses after work

The women cooperative in now well functioning, the leadership in position and cultivating and meeting regularly every week. The women who had malnourished kids has formed a cooperative in the help of RVCP team so that the women will be able to stay together during their daily life. they meet regularly as planned for cultivating their field and it is the time for discussing different issues that they are facing in the cooperative and at their families so that they can receive advice from peers. 

We visited them at the field to observe how they are progressing in working together as a cooperative which will enable them to increase their income and living conditions despite the poverty. we found them cultivating and it was in the 11:30AM. they started cultivating arround 7:00AM and they were about to stop and have a rest while discussing and sharing ideas on how to improve themselves and the cooperative in general. They were smiling exchanging this and that and telling different stories from their villages while the cultivation going on. 

It was the time to take a rest while we arrived and we joined them in glasses where they come and sit. their cooperative president were briefing them on how they worked and how she hopes they will be working next days. she imfasized on being on time and thinking on taking care to kids everyday up to 2 years of breastfeeding. she also encouraged them to prepare nutritional meal for the lids and all members of the family in general. One of out team members joined them and added that it is crucial for the kids to have good health in order to prepare them for being good students and good citizens who will be part of their villages development. 

We concluded by thanking them for their daily work and we requested them to help each other by thinking on child and maternal health.

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