GlobeMed at Northwestern

GlobeMed's mission is to connect the assets of a student-led network to grassroots health organizations working in communities around the world. By inspiring and training university students to mobilize resources for global health, we seek to build a movement fighting for a more sustainable and secure world.
May 1, 2013

Spring Updates--GlobeMed Summit and Fundraising Efforts

GlobeMed at Northwestern recently started our final, and busiest, quarter of the academic year. Just two weeks ago, the GlobeMed Summit took place in Evanston, IL on the Northwestern University Campus. Students from GlobeMed chapters all around the country came to hear from experts in public and global health as well as learn about GlobeMed programming across the nation.

Currently, we are planning our Second Annual 5K and Fun Run which will take place next month. The morning will start with a 5K race followed by a “fun run” comprised of various obstacles such as leap frogging, wheel barrowing, hopscotch, a three-legged race, and more. Additionally, we will be having smaller fundraisers at local businesses throughout the quarter--all to raise money for our projects at the Adonai Child Development Center.

Our GROW (GrassRoots On-site Work) team of students is busily preparing themselves to travel to Namugoga this summer to conduct research in the area and establish what we hope to be a meaningful and long-lasting relationship with the Adonai Center. We are still working towards our fundraising goal so that we can successfully build a compostable latrine, water tank, and visitor’s center for Adonai. Thanks for keeping up with us and for your continued support throughout 2013!

Feb 6, 2013

Update on Individual Giving Campaign and GlobeMed Summit

Globemed at Northwestern is excited to report a successful Individual Giving Campaign, which raised $1,700 dollars for the Adonai Center! Thank you to everyone who donated and helped us during the start of a very exciting and promising partnership. During this quarter, we look forward to learning more about the Adonai center through Skype calls and presentations from this years GROW (Grassroots On-Site Work) team who will be traveling to Uganda this summer to work at the Adonai Center.

Applications for the National GlobeMed Summit are also out, and many of our members are looking forward to attending this annual conference, which is held on Northwestern’s campus.

We hope to continue to work towards meeting our fundraising goal of $15,000 so that we can successfully build a compostable latrine, water tank, and visitor’s center for Adonai. Thanks for keeping up with us and for your continued support throughout 2013.

Dec 4, 2012

Final Report

New Directions for GlobeMed at Northwestern in 2012-2013:  

In five short years, GlobeMed has rapidly expanded, with chapters spanning from coast to coast and partners extending across the globe. Committed to principles of sustainability and community-based change, GlobeMed emphasizes that each chapter partners with an established NGO. Most GlobeMed chapters have emerged under this sophisticated model, which ensures effective impact through equitable partnership. While GlobeMed at Northwestern has witnessed the development of this approach, the growth of our own partnership has been unique.

GlobeMed at Northwestern was a definitive response to the perceived health inequities, social injustices, and service delivery inefficiencies in the Ho catchment area of Ghana. Partnering with a community worker, Joseph Achana, GlobeMed at Northwestern committed itself to providing essential health care and community services. In partnership, the community, Joseph, and GlobeMed at Northwestern came together to build and develop the Health Outreach and Peer Education (H.O.P.E) Center. Now, this center is the site of a community clinic, administered by Ghana Health Services. Additionally, the Child Nutrition Program and Sexual Health Education Program developed and implemented by Northwestern students, nurses, and Joseph have been realized through the HOPE Center. Though the Child Nutrition Program no longer runs at full capacity, we are proud to report that Ghana Health Services has replicated our Sexual Health Education Program model and is extending outreach in Ho. We celebrate the success of the HOPE Center in delivering services to members of the Ho catchment as a community clinic.

Every year, as the chapter’s understanding of global health and community engagement matures, one question invariably emerges: when should partnership end? This question holds particular significance for our chapter, as a result of its unconventional founding. We developed our partnership with an individual, who represented a community, to realize a singular goal: providing essential health care services to the Ho community. With the transferal of resources and responsibility from GlobeMed at Northwestern to Ghana Health Services, we believe that our chapter has reached the arc of our partnership with the HOPE Center. We would like to commemorate the success of the HOPE Center to the founders, nurses, and administrators of the HOPE Center as well as to the Ho community.  

In the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year, we look forward to the exciting new direction of GlobeMed at Northwestern. We are thrilled to announce Adonai Family Uganda (AFU) as our new partner.  In response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Adonai Family Uganda was founded as a safe haven for orphaned children. Since its founding in 2005, AFU has extended health outreach, developed family economic empowerment programs, developed a primary school, and sponsored orphaned children. As our partnership with the HOPE Center slowly comes to an end, we hope to see your continued support in the coming years as we nurture our partnership with Adonai Family Uganda.

Please visit our brand spanking new website (www.globemednu.org) and project page on Global Giving. 

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