Provide Public Health for Orphans in Uganda

 
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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.

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GlobeMed at Northwestern just completed our fall recruitment, and we are very excited to continue promoting our mission on campus with 23 new and 33 returning members this year!   Our biggest change this year is that we are transitioning from our partnership with the H.O.P.E. Center to the Adonai Child Development Center in Namugoga, Uganda.  We are sad to wrap up our partnership with the H.O.P.E Center after working with them for seven incredible years but are proud to say that they have become a self-sustainable NGO. It has been rewarding to see both their and our hard work come to fruition, and we are confident that they will be to be able to support their community on their own through the continuation of the Nutrition Project.

During our first two meetings this year, we discussed the importance of building and maintaining sustainable partnerships with health clinics abroad in order to make tangible changes in the lives of others.  As a group of students with diverse interests and backgrounds, GlobeMed is able to brainstorm ways of bringing attention to global health issues locally and thinking about solutions for the future of global health by utilizing journalism majors, film majors, pre-medical students, and a variety of other students.  We look forward to combine our skills to design projects for our new partnership with the Adonai Child Development Center. Their focus on caring for and improving the health of children orphaned due to AIDS and civil unrest is a cause that we are passionate about and look forward to learning more about.

Keep an eye out for details about our new project page on Global Giving--we hope that you will continue to support us as we embark on a new partnership!  

GlobeMed at Northwestern 5K Fun Run!
GlobeMed at Northwestern 5K Fun Run!

As the year came to a close for GlobeMed at Northwestern, we looked back on a very successful year of fundraising, group activities, and thought-provoking debates. We are happy to report that we raised over $19,000, almost doubling the amount we raised last year and substantially increasing our ability to help the Malnutrition Program at the H.O.P.E Center. From our final chapter meeting to our end of the year barbecue, we reminisced over the success of the 5K/Fun Run fundraiser and World Day of Social Justice activities and we are now looking ahead to the GROW trip with the H.O.P.E Center this summer. It will be rewarding to see how our funds help the community firsthand, and we hope to create a documentary to share these moments with all of you who helped make this programs possible. Thanks for your support throughout the year, and we hope that you will continue to help the members of the Ho community over this summer and next school year! 

GlobeMed Members Setting Up for the Fun Run!
GlobeMed Members Setting Up for the Fun Run!
World Day of Social Justice 2012
World Day of Social Justice 2012
Spreading Awareness on Campus!
Spreading Awareness on Campus!

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GlobeMed at Northwestern has participated in many events this quarter and has some exciting events to look forward to.  With our 5K/Fun Run coming up this weekend, we hope to raise more funds for our Malnutrition Program. Many members also attended the GlobeMed Summit in Evanston this month, which was filled with inspirational speeches and the brainstorming of many new ideas that our chapter plans to implement.  Please help us have a strong finish to our most successful year! With help from you, we hope to the chance to raise $20,000 dollars for the year – beating our goal by $5,000!  We really appreciate all your help and support this year, and the H.O.P.E Center would not be the same without all of you. 

1 in 2 children past infancy in Ghana will die due to malnutrition.  Malnutrition among children in Ghana is a problem that has yet to be solved, but GlobeMed at Northwestern is working alongside the H.O.P.E Center to help resolve it with our Nutrition Program.  We have raised $15,000 for the Malnutrition Program this school year, but with the New Year in mind, we have set high resolutions as we want to continue to help the countless children in need.  Please help us start 2012 strong by helping us support the Malnutrition Program.  Thank you so much for your continued support and for all your help with the Winter Individual Giving Campaign, which was our most successful campaign ever! 

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