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.
Please visit our brand spanking new website (www.globemednu.org) and project page on Global Giving.