GlobeMed at Columbia University

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. GlobeMed is an international community of students and grassroots organizations who form long-term partnerships, the heart of GlobeMed's model. Together, the chapter and partner organization implement specific health and development projects, communicating on every aspect from initial design to monitoring and evaluation. In just four years, GlobeMed established chapters at 46 universities across the United States, inspiring thousands of students to become lifelong advocates for global health equity. We co...
Oct 24, 2012

Help GlobeMed at Columbia win $10,000!

Adong Molly and her HIV free baby
Adong Molly and her HIV free baby

Hello again friends & family!

GlobeMed at Columbia has some very exciting news! We have entered into the Johnson & Johnson Be Vital Challenge. Our video entry features chapter members from GlobeMed at Columbia and footage from our 2012 GROW trip.

Watching and voting for our video will put us in the running to win $10,000. This entire amount will go towards our HIV prevention and maternal health project in northern Uganda, helping us achieve almost half of our fundraising goal for the entire year! 

Voting is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Watch, rate, and vote for our video submission here: http://bit.ly/bevitalcu

2) Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

3) Share our posts and invite all your friends to join the page! There will be new infographics posted throughout the week through our social media outlets. Some are included in this email!

You can vote everyday until Monday, October 29th at 11:59 pm. Please post a comment on the page as well, so we can get more visibility on the website! We are up against student groups from universities that are much bigger than Columbia, so we need all the help we can get. Spread the word today and help us make a sustaianble difference in the live of others!

In solidarity,
GlobeMed at Columbia 

Young people are vital to change
Young people are vital to change
HIV counseling and testing in rural villages
HIV counseling and testing in rural villages

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Oct 18, 2012

GWED-G in the USA Part Two!

Our chapter with Pamela and Franny!
Our chapter with Pamela and Franny!

Dearest friends and family,

It has been a while since we have updated you all with our project's progress and happenings within our chapter. We have gotten off to the year on a great foot. We have a chapter of 41 students this semester, all dedicated to supporting our project and our partner.

The most exciting part about this year happened just a few weeks ago when Pamela Angwech, the Executive Director GWED-G, and Franny Achoko, the Project Officer for GlobeMed projects, came to visit New York for the second time this year! After their visit in April, we never thought that they would be back just five months later. It was so exciting to have them at one of our first meetings of the year. During our discussion about health as a human right, Pamela chimed in. She urged chapter members to view development through a human rights lens, and keep the human rights perspective at the back of their minds when providing people with basic needs. 

Throughout the week, Pamela and Franny were very busy. They were in New York for the Performing the World Conference which is sponsored by the All Stars Project. Pamela presented about GWED-G's work rehabilitating war victims in northern Uganda through music, drama, and dance, something that the All Stars Project does with underprivileged American children.

Despite their busy schedules, we were able to hang out with them a few times. It is so rare that one of GlobeMed's partner organizations can visit the chapter in the United States, and we are incredibly lucky that they have visited us twice. Even though all our chapter members cannot participate in the GROW trip, they have had the chance to meet GWED-G staff, helping strengthen their connection with our partner.

Keep posted for another update about our the project for the coming year and our individual giving campaign! We have a of exciting improvements to our project, including livelihood and nutrition components and a huge fundraising goal. In the meantime, check our blog for updates about our chapter and our events.

In solidarity,
GlobeMed at Columbia 

Pamela & Franny with Co-Presidents Lillian & Lexa
Pamela & Franny with Co-Presidents Lillian & Lexa

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Aug 1, 2012

GlobalGiving Photo Contest: Zainabu is the Star!

Photo of Zainabu featured in GlobalGiving contest
Photo of Zainabu featured in GlobalGiving contest

To our dear friends, family, and donors,

GlobeMed at Columbia received exciting news the other day that one of our photos from our GROW trip will be a finalist in the annual GlobalGiving photo contest. We are immensely excited that the subject of our finalist photograph is Zainabu, an HIV postive mother and beneficiary of our project. 

Zainabu is the treasurer of her Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA). VSLA is a banking method instituted by CARE International that is meant as a way for groups of people to collectively save their money to use for community development or welfare. As the treasurer, Zainabu records weekly contributions of all VSLA members. A few years ago, Zainabu would never have been able to be the treasurer. She was deathly skinny and hid in her house for fear of stigmatization by her peers. After attending GWED-G sensitization campaigns and prevention of mother to child transmission counseling, Zainabu has developed a strong leadership role in her community and is proud that her next baby will be born HIV free.

Voting for the photo of Zainabu in the GlobalGiving photo contest will win GlobeMed at Columbia $1,000 towards our HIV prevention and maternal health project with Gulu Women's Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) in northern Uganda. $1,000 will allow many more HIV positive mothers like Zainabu to have healthy babies and rise as leaders in their communities. Tell your family, friends, co-workers, and whoever else you may cross paths with to vote for our photo so we can help more healthy babies into this world.

You can vote for the photo of Zainabu at this link through the GlobalGiving site using your email address. Voting takes place between August 1st and August 15th. So please make sure you get your vote in before the contest ends!

In solidarity,
GlobeMed at Columbia 

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