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.
Oct 18, 2011

October Updates and Funding Push!

We are really excited for the new direction of our nutrition program this year with vegetable and protein supplements to enhance diets of malnourished children and know that it will make a huge impact on the villages of Ho. This is especially true given that over 50% of deaths past early infancy can be contributed to malnutrition, specifically Protein Energy Malnutrition.1  Our project started out with introducing soya beans and their benefits and then giving mothers access to and teaching them about soya beans. Our next goal is to help children vary their diet so that it includes vegetables and fruits in addition to protein supplements.  

Our nutrition program, which has been running for almost four years has had a lot of success, but funding is crucial to help keep it running.  With the last match day of the year coming up on October 19th, every donation and dollar really counts!  Please help us continue to help the children of Ghana; as our members who visited this summer saw, they are truly amazing children who deserve to lead healthy lives and have access to countless opportunities that only we can make possible! Thank you again for your continued support of the H.O.P.E Center and GlobeMed.  

 

1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2245943/

Oct 10, 2011

GlobeMed at Northwestern Fall 2011 Update

The school year at Northwestern has officially begun, and we were very excited to welcome both our new and returning members this year.  After some tough decision making with the application process, we picked a diverse group of students, who we feel will really contribute to GlobeMed and have a strong interest in global health.  

In our first meeting, we had a guest speaker from the Peace Corps, which was a great way to start of the year, as forming relationships with other agencies interested in global health gives our members a chance to work with them and understand their goals.  After an icebreaker to help our members get to know each other, our GlobalHealthU went over GlobeMed’s evolution, and finally members met with their committees for the first time.  We’re all looking forward to a pizza party today to get to know each other better. 

Our major fundraiser for the quarter is GlobeMed’s Rummage Sale, which has been a huge success in past years and is scheduled for November 17th.  We’ve started planning it and hope for an even more successful one this year.  We also look forward to working with Deepa, Parul, Neha, and Kerianne who visited the H.O.P.E. center this past summer to see what we can do to help the center and can’t wait to hear more about their amazing experience there.  

After raising over $10,000 last year, we hope to raise even more this year, so anything that you can donate would be greatly appreciated, and donations can be made directly on this site.  Also, on October 19th, GlobalGiving.org is matching 30% of all online donations (starting at 12:01 am EDT) with $100,000 available funds.  This is the last Bonus Day of the year, so any donation that you would really help us and make a huge difference with the added funds from Global Giving.  Thank you again for your continued support, and we’re looking forward to the new school year ahead.  

Jul 25, 2011

GlobeMed at Northwestern Summer Update

The school year came to a close and summer has officially begun, and both have had many exciting events for GlobeMed at Northwestern.  The year closed out with a fun and informative retreat in Chicago, which included a photo safari and picnic and bonding activities in Millennium park, as well as a fundraising party and barbeque. 

Another important event for our chapter was the GlobeMed Ultimate Frisbee Tournament on May 21st.  As our first year hosting this event, we were very excited to raise 500 dollars for the H.O.P.E center! The tournament was a huge success as we had many teams participate and enjoy a day full of Ultimate Frisbee and some friendly competition and exercise. 

Although we were all sad to see such an incredible year come to an end and to say bye to our amazing presidents, Allyson Westling and Katie Smiley, and senior members, we are all excited about summer and planning for our next year with our new presidents, Deepa Ramadurai and Heather Polonsky, and exec board. 

Summer has started with Deepa, Parul, Neha, and Kerianne all visiting the H.O.P.E center.  They have all become well acquainted with the members of the center, including the newest member, Head Nurse Perfect Titiati, who according to them is full of humor and wisdom.  Her core value is hard work, one that our chapter strives to embody as well. 

At the H.O.P.E center, our members have done everything from helping celebrate Ghana’s Republic Day, which falls just days before the 4th of July to the weighing children at the center and comparing the results with other children of the same age.  Supplements and vaccinations are given to the children and their weight is screened for the next five years.  Overall, the center is a great for helping children fight malnutrition as well as diagnosing common diseases in the area, like Malaria. 

Our chapter has raised over $10,000 this year, but we are hoping to continue to raise more throughout the summer, so anything that you can donate would be greatly appreciated, and donations can be made directly on this site.  A donation of even $10 can help with diagnosing diseases through necessary microscope slides while $120 can pay for 6 months of the community farmer’s allowance. We would love to get our donors involved in our many projects as we look ahead to a new and exciting school year. Thanks for your continued support and for taking the time to keep up with our chapter.  

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