It's been an incredible year! Together, our dream to harness the passion and resources of students to improve global health has become a reality.When I joined GlobeMed back in 2008, I never imagined that we would be where we are now: 2,000 students; 55 college chapters; 55 partner organizations; 19 countries, 200 community projects. This network of changemakers improves the lives of people in poverty, and today there are over 1,000 alumni carrying their passion for health equity into every field and sector.
Your support has enabled GlobeMed to develop a new kind of leader for global health.Leaders who know that communities must be at the center of their own change.Leaders who approach health disparities with both their head and their heart.Leaders who are committed collaborators, recognizing that 'we' is more powerful than 'I.'This is the generation of global health leaders our world needs.Hannah Judge, a recent alumna of GlobeMed at Middlebury, exemplifies this leadership. Hannah’s chapter is partnered with Gardens for Health International (GHI), an NGO providing agricultural solutions for malnutrition in Rwanda. During her senior year, Hannah and her chapter raised $20,000 to support GHI’s dreams of expansion. As a GHI team member told us, “Their total willingness to be a complete partner with GHI in an every day way is amazing.”
But Hannah didn’t stop there. Leveraging her skills as a Geography major, she spent a summer in Rwanda, training GHI’s staff to use handheld GPS to map their community’s “malnutrition hot spots.” They collected data from each family in the region and mapped the areas of greatest nutritional need.These maps became invaluable as GHI worked with the Rwandan Ministry of Health to plan malnutrition interventions for the year ahead.After reflecting on her GlobeMed experience, Hannah was inspired to launch a company called Broad Street Maps, which trains community organizations to use mapping technology. Today, Hannah continues to demonstrate a new kind of leadership, prioritizing collaboration in her lifelong commitment to health.
Hannah is not alone. By 2016, GlobeMed will have trained 3,000 students to devote their intellect, passion, and talent to global health. With your renewed support, they can be the change our world needs. Join us and invest in the next generation of global health leaders.
With unwavering hope for a healthier future,Maya
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