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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