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.
Feb 5, 2013

We wash our hands to prevent diseases

children during evaluation session
children during evaluation session

It was amazing to work with children and staff at Matyazo primary school for the whole 2012 hygiene and sanitation education sessions. Children and their teachers appreciated the work and commitment of hygiene, water and sanitation members during their sessions.”Children learned washing hands and its importance for maintaining their body health “headmistress added.

Children in different years of study were requesting us to continue updating them on different skills and knowledge related to hygiene and sanitation to prevent diseases, they want also we may be back for this 2013 academic year and we promised them to do all our best to be around for all the updates and information. This is all promised during evaluation sessions during the month of January 2013 while students were starting their new 2013 academic year which they will end in October 2013.

Hygiene, water and sanitation members learned more about what to improve while we will be targeting the new primary school. Children were happy to see us again while they were starting the academic year and they were following with much curiosity. Hygiene education sessions for 2013 year will be starting this Wednesday 6th February 2013 ,as the evaluation sessions were ended with January 2013.

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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