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 8, 2013

progress in sanitation is critical to health

The  hygiene education at primary schools have now moved to Mbazi primary school during the new year 2013 as a new target.the education sessions will be targeting a school of 665 students from 1st to 6th year of primary school.the sessions have been started where they closed the first trimester with having introductiotory part on the sessions that they will receive.

now two weeks pass after their holidays of 3 weeks and the sessions have continued in classes where active participation is the first method which is used during the education sessions ,tomorrow 8th april 2013 ,it will be the 3rd session after the holidays of april.

we conduct hygiene and sanitation because "progress in sanitation and improved hygiene are critical to health, survival, and development,it is necessary  to practice hygiene"

hygiene, water and sanitation project has developed due to people in Rwandan villages suffering unnecessarily from cholera, dysentery, diarrhoea and other water born diseases. These diseases spread because of unhygienic practises i.e. unclean drinking water and the use of unsanitary toilet facilities.

RVCP has been running this project since 2005 and has provided two Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrines for four vulnerable families each year. To date, 26 of the 125 households in the target village of Mpungwe have access to a VIP latrine and the local primary school has also benefitted from an ECOSAN latrine. Additionally, RVCP also Raise awareness about hygiene and sanitation through school education sessions,and conduct house to house teaching sessions compliment the provision of latrines.


I attached the RWANDA VILLAGE CONCEPT PROJECT NEWS LETTER about how was its activities up to April 2013. 

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Apr 22, 2013

Spring for GlobeMed at GWU and RVCP

Happy Spring everyone!

The past few months have heralded great developments for both GlobeMed at GWU and the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP). In April, our chapter held a Benefit Brunch at Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle, featuring a panel of global health professionals that included Dr. Victor Barbiero, Dr. Tamara Henry, Dr. Mary Ellsberg, and Hyacinthe Mushumbamwiza. By welcoming GWU professors, the director of the Global Women's Institute at GWU, and the Coordiator of RVCP, we were able to have a fantastic discussion about maternal and child healthcare from a range of perspectives. 

 

Six members of GlobeMed at GWU also traveled to GlobeMed's Global Health Summit in Evanston, Illinois. The conference consisted of more than 300 students from around the nation and featured such distinguished panelists as Leymah Gbowee, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

 

Finally, on April 20th, GlobeMed at GWU held its bi-annual 5K Run for Rwanda. While we had been planning on having this event since early on in the semester, we found ourselves in a difficult situation in light of the Boston Marathon Explosions. In an effort to stand in solidarity with those affected in Boston, we donated all of the proceeds from our 5K to the Red Cross, totalling approximately $900. We'd like to extend a special thank you to all of the runners, donors, and contributors who made our donation to the Red Cross possible. 

 

On an international front, RVCP has been busy at work with implementing the February Maternal Health Education Program sessions, which are scheduled to conclude in late April. By splitting MHEP sessions into two smaller groups of women, the burden placed on the income generating cooperative that graduates enter into will be lessened. In this sense, the cooperative will be better able to incorporate two smaller groups of women rather than one large group of women into the income generating activities and will still be able to turn a profit. The next MHEP session begins in May, when five members of GlobeMed at GWU will journey to Rwanda to help develop the capacity building and monitoring and evaluation techniques of MHEP and RVCP. Be sure to check back for more updates as our exciting summer activities begin in Rwanda! 

Feb 19, 2013

WORLD AIDS DAY CAMPAIGN 2012

HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing-VCT
HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing-VCT

The 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.The 2012 theme is -- and will be until 2015"Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths". The World AIDS Campaign focus on "Zero AIDS related deaths" signifies a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for governments to act now.

RVCP through its HIV/AIDS awareness, reproductive and family planning in collaboration with UNIVERSITY LEAGUE FOR  AIDS  CONTROL (LUCS),carried out the world AIDS day campaign 2012 in Huye district of Rwanda from 26th to 27th January 2013.The event was postponed to this date because of funds issues.The event was targeting young people with disabilities especially in Huye district.During the Campaign,there were HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing(VCT) and Condom demonstration.

Condom Demonstration
Condom Demonstration
Group discussion
Group discussion
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