Aloysious Luswata, Founder of Adonai Child Center
Dear Friends of GlobeMed,
Nine years ago, a Northwestern University student named Victor Roy traveled to Ghana to visit a health clinic that he and his fellow students had been supporting with medical supplies. When he arrived, he found an empty building. He asked Joseph, the community leader, "why didn't you tell us that you didn't want or need a health clinic?"
Joseph responded: "Victor, we are African. We listen to our donors."
Shortly after this encounter, Victor went on to found GlobeMed, which seeks to overcome this power dynamic by uniting young global health leaders with grassroots changemakers who are already impacting the health of their communities. Through our long-term partnerships, local organizations gain resources, power, and relationships, while students interested in global health gain experience, skills, and mentorship. Together, our students and partners seek to change the way change happens.
Last year at GlobeMed's second annual Partner Forum, we asked our grassroots partners what changing the way change happens means to them. They told us it means global health practitioners valuing community needs and voices. It is global health relationships that have mutual respect, trust, and accountability at their core. Changing the way change happens means allocating resources and power equitably and inclusively across the globe.
Last week, we brought our grassroots partners together again for the third Partner Forum. Together, we explored how our partnerships can continue to thrive and influence the field of global health while the field itself changes and evolves in the Post-2015 Agenda. We explored the concepts required to develop thriving organizations, including the ability for an organization to foster an inclusive environment, the ability for an organization to capture and share its stories of impact, and the ability for an organization to articulate its purpose and engage supporters who look to them for guidance on how to best make change.
In collaboration with our grassroots partners, GlobeMed learns what it means to cultivate leaders for global health, and with your support, we put our learnings into action. Together, our network will change the way change happens, and in doing so, change the world.
Thank you for your ongoing love and support. We hope to introduce you to our partners, students, and alumni in the future and look forward to your continued feedback and guidance.
Partners from Uganda & Kenya learn from each other
Alyssa & Dr. Noerine Kaleeba, Founder of TASO