Happy Holidays Global Givers! It’s been a great fall semester for Globemed at Cornell. We welcomed new members and raised almost two hundred dollars during our annual “Apples for Education” caramel apple fundraiser in early November. Here is an update on all things Globemed!
Due to concerns the national office has expressed about CEPAIPA, Globemed at Cornell is being asked to repartner with a new organization. When evaluated using new criteria for optimal partner organizations that were determined by the national office, CEPAIPA did not score strongly. The office indicated concern about their lack of organization and our inability to measure their progress and impact on the community. As a result, the national office is sending out a closed application for potential new partners. Globemed at Cornell will review the applications and select a new partner in late January. While we are sad to see our partnership with CEPAIPA end, we are excited to be able to make positive change with a new partner. Stay tuned for an announcement about our adventure in early 2014!
While we will be saying goodbye to CEPAIPA in January, the students of CEPAIPA have planned an event with the last $2,000 dollars that Cornell Globemed sent them. On December 1st, CEPAIPA will hold an HIV/AIDS awareness festival with the theme “Camino conmigo, vamos a cero”, or “Walk with Me, Let’s go to Zero”. The festival will feature information on how to prevent, diagnose, and treat HIV/AIDS, and the dangers that the disease poses. The festival is in support of the Ecuadorian movement to have zero new HIV infections or deaths from AIDS, and the theme matches the current slogan of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS prevention and control program.
The weekend of November 8th, several Cornell Globemedders attended the Hilltop Conference at Columbia University in New York City. Hilltop is an annually held Globemed conference that allows members from chapters all over the country to meet and discuss global health issues. Professor Jeffery Sachs of Columbia gave a popular presentation about the Millennium Development Goals, a project that he initiated with the United Nations. If you are interested in learning more about this project, visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals. The members of Cornell Globemed had a great time at the conference and came back even more inspired than before!
All of us here at Cornell Globemed want to extend our sincere thanks to you for your support. It is your generosity that makes it possible for us to continue our mission to spread global health awareness and achieve worldwide social justice. Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful and safe new year!
GlobeMed at Cornell and CEPAIPA have had a very busy and exciting summer! Two of our Globemed members, Jo and Becky, traveled to La Libertad to spend a month with CEPAIPA. They were there for the opening of the lab and we couldn’t be more excited abut it. We still have a little over $1,000 to raise for the lab to pay for basic materials such as needles, syringes and tubes, as well as salaries for the staff.
GlobeMed at Cornell's GROW chair, Jo, reflected on her time with CEPAIPA:
We are so proud to have had the opportunity to conduct GlobeMed @ Cornell's first every full length GROW internship and to meet everyone in our partner organization. Our GROW team has returned to the States with renewed energy and determination to continue the fight for global health equity.
Please take a look at the video blogs Jo and Becky put together to learn more about their time and experience this summer! http://globemedatcornell.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/grow-summer-2013-hola-from-la-libertad/
With the start of a new school year, we are all motivated and excited to continue to strengthen our partnership with CEPAIPA. We thank you again for your generous support, and we hope you stay tuned for progress on the project and more on CEPAIPA’s work in La Libertad! Stay updated and enjoy numerous photos by liking CEPAIPA’s, and GlobeMed at Cornell’s Facebook pages.
Hey GlobalGivers!! I know it’s been a while since the last update but many exciting things have been going on with our partner organization CEPAIPA!
With your generous donations, GlobeMed has been able to reach our fundraising goal to completely fund the rapid HIV/AIDS testing lab! The lab will be completed and up and running by the end of May. With the remainder of the funds, a lab technician will be hired to get the lab started and to help train the students. Lab training of the students will allow for the sustainability of the lab for years to come.
On May 5th, the students have a festival planned to educate the community on sexual health and women’s reproductive rights. The students will be performing a musical to portray the sexual health lessons. The students at CEPAIPA continue taking active roles in educating their community and promoting safe health practices. Their love and passion for music and art helps teach the community in an interesting and hands on way. Look out for pictures to come from the upcoming festival!
It has been a while since our last report but in that time GlobeMed at Cornell and CEPAIPA have been busy working on exciting projects!! As mentioned earlier, the students at CEPAIPA have been involved in traveling the region to educate and inform the community about HIV and AIDS. In late November, the students planned and held a festival in Santa Elana, Ecuador in support of World AIDS Day. The festival included musical performances to keep the community entertained and maintain active participation. Attached below are the pictures of the eventful festival!
Another initiative Dr. Alexandra has taken on is to get the parents of the kids who volunteer for CEPAIPA more involved in their lives. Since these are more at risk children she is trying to facilitate more dialogue within the family and more respect for parents to increase family unity as these kids are at high risk for drug use and gang involvement. She has been organizing meetings for parents to come to to talk about conflict resolution strategies and has also been doing in-home one-on-ones.
MINI GROW TRIP OVER BREAK
During Cornell's winter break, four of GlobeMed Cornell students traveled to La Libertad, Ecuador to FINALLY visit and meet Dr. Alexandra and the students of CEPAIPA! After spending over a week with Dr. Alexandra and the amazing people at CEPAIPA, the bond between GlobeMed at Cornell and CEPAIPA is stronger than ever! Check out the blogs of the students' experience at the links below.
We are ecstatic to announce that a GlobeMed at Cornell staff member was able to visit CEPAIPA and see first hand the amazing work that goes on there. Olivia Winokur, a second year staff member, spent part of her summer traveling in Ecuador. As a committed and passionate staff member, she made time to travel to La Libertad and visit CEPAIPA. Dr. Alexandra introduced Olivia to the people at CEPAIPA and showed her around the area. An essential part of our partnership is direct communication and firsthand experience, which is why it was HUGE that Olivia stopped by for the day!
An exiting aspect of our partnership with CEPAIPA is what is called a GROW trip! GROW stands for Grassroots On-Site Work. This aspect of the partnership truly strengthens the relationship between students and our grassroots health partner, CEPAIPA. After talking to Dr. Alexandra, we hope to send a group of staff members this December! By this time the lab should be up and running, and our staff members would be able to work in it the week we are there. We would be learning how to perform the tests right along side the students. At the same time, we would be teaching the students how to use familiar lab equipment, such as pipettes, microscopes and centrifuges. Dr. Alexandra hopes to buy a machine that performs automated blood tests and prints the results very quickly. The initial cost would be about $1,000, but it will pay off in the long since an extra employee would not have to be paid to run the tests all the time.
Teen Pregnancy Workshops
CEPAIPA is still continuing to do an AMAZING job in educating the community on safe health practice. Another successful and educational teen pregnancy workshop was held in mid-July. Improvements are continuously being made to the curriculum that is taught, such as inclusion of gender equality. The views of what the roles of men and women are in society are directly connected to HIV transmission, unwanted teen pregnancies and abuse of women. To further improve the workshops, surveys will be handed out before and after each session in order to get feed back on the effectiveness of the workshops. We are hoping to be directly involved in the development of these surveys!
Our major focus right now is raising funds to equip the lab to be a long term, sustainable lab. In order to accomplish this task, more expensive, high-quality equipment needs be purchased. These higher quality machines are the best solution to assure sustainability!
A HUGE GlobeMed at Cornell thanks to YOU and YOUR SUPPORT! Stay tuned for more reports on our progress in helping CEPAIPA reach their goal to build a sustainable lab and on the impact of the teen pregnancy workshops on La Libertad’s community!!
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