GlobeMed at CU Boulder has had a great start to the new school year. Our first meeting was on September 9th, and we have over 50 excited members ready to contribute to the GlobeMed mission and promote global health equity and social justice. We have GlobeMedders from all different disciplines and majors that are all united by their vision for global health equity.
This year we welcome to our community advisory board Matt McQueen and Gay Lynn Olsen. Matt McQueen is the director of the Public Health Certificate here at CU, and Gay Lynn Olson teaches Global Health for the Public Health Certificate. We are excited to have their support and expertise in our goal of global health equity.
Our Global Health University coordinators have been working hard to ensure that all members are well informed about what is going on in the world, not only surrounding health, but also social inequalities and current events. From presentations about the history of Nepal to different health systems to diseases like AIDS, our Global Health University coordinators have quite the agenda planned out for us this semester to learn more about global health equity.
Coming up on the first weekend of November is the annual Colorado Global Health Conference. The theme of the conference this year is women’s empowerment, and we are currently developing the schedule and are also working on finding amazing guest speakers. We are looking forward to this great opportunity to unite Colorado GlobeMedders in their passion for social justice.
We have also be in contact with Anil, the director of Himalayan Healthcare, a lot this year. HHC has been continuing work on earthquake relief and is really seizing the opportunity to help rebuild a better, more advanced Nepal. We are also working with Anil on our GROW internship, which is on track to occur the summer of 2016.
Again, thank you for your continued support. We could not do what we do without your generosity!
This year has been quite busy for GlobeMed’s CU Boulder Chapter. From holding the Benefit Dinner to putting on the annual Colorado GlobeMed Conference, this year has been full of successful, fun events that have brought the community together with a goal of achieving global health equity. However, this year has also held a fair share of setbacks. Our local and partner community suffered a great loss this year from the devastating Nepal earthquakes. In light of this, our GROW trip was canceled this summer. As a GlobeMed team, we have worked hard this year to come together to raise funds so that Himalayan Healthcare can continue providing for the communities in Nepal.
Thanks to your generous donations, we raised over $18,000 to go towards Himalayan Healthcare in their efforts to provide education, health care, and earthquake relief to the populations that they serve in rural Nepal.
Himalayan Healthcare is currently working to provide earthquake relief while also working on ensuring stability for their communities. Efforts are being put toward providing secure food and medicines for a year while also providing secure shelter until after monsoon season when the communities can begin rebuilding homes. Additionally, HHC has been working on redoing all of the trails that lead to the villages so that continued relief can be provided efficiently.
With the school year over, the new executive board is working on ways to make next year even more successful. Through keeping in close contact with Himalayan Healthcare, we are continuously working to support them in all that they do. GlobeMed members at CU Boulder consistently strive to become better global citizens while helping those around them and are using the summer to do just that.
Thank you so much for all of your contributions this year. Our GlobeMed chapter could not be successful without your support; thank you for your continued belief in and sponsorship of a goal of global health equity. Your contributions continue to help improve the lives of those halfway around the world with education, health, and a higher quality of life.
With less than two months before their departure, the GROW interns are hard a work preparing for their trip. Three weeks ago, the four interns – Ayush, Katie, Sana, and Elsa – attended the GROW Conference in Evanston, IL. There they shared best practices and future concerns with the other interns from across the nation. Each group of interns faces their own unique challenges when visiting their partner organizations, but they are able to work together to find feasible solutions.
For this summer, the interns have a lot of fresh ideas on how to be able to bring the information they learn on the GROW trip back to us in the US. One is to give all the school children disposable cameras to take pictures of the things that they value most. They’re also looking in to filming a few “day-in-the-life” stories of the local villagers. Lastly, they’ll evaluate the impact of the greenhouse that the GROW interns helped build last year.
Other than planning for the GROW trip, our chapter has had an exciting semester. On March 12th, we had the opportunity to meet our role model, physician, and medical anthropologist, Dr. Paul Farmer. Dr. Farmer spoke about the recent triumphalism about the West African Ebola outbreak that is currently circulating in the media. He encouraged us to spread the word that the outbreak isn’t over, and furthermore, that the healthcare infrastructure has been completely demolished from the outbreak and will need to be built back up.
Consequently, our chapter has started a social media movement to give thanks to the Ebola caregivers and show our solidarity both in the present in the future. If you’d like to get involved in this movement, please check out our website, facebook page, or email us at email@example.com.
Thanks again for all your support!
With the holidays just around the corner, GlobeMed at CU Boulder is incredibly thankful to have a strong partnership with Himalayan HealthCare. We are so supportive of the sustainable work they have been doing this year!
Currently, HHC is focusing on strengthening its education and greenhouse projects. In October, two teachers from the United States provided a highly interactive, two-day training to the local teachers of Tipling and Sertung. More than forty teachers attended, and the training was a huge success. We hope that with this training and our continued support of orphan and low-income students, more students than ever will pass the School Leaving Certificate, the final examination in the secondary school system in Nepal.
In addition to the education project, HHC is ready to expand its greenhouse income generation project to lower-caste communities of Tipling and Lapta. This summer, our GROW interns helped with the construction of the greenhouse in Shertung. Almost six months later, the greenhouse is producing cauliflower, beans, squash, lettuce, cucumbers, chilies, and radishes. The only crop that didn't survive were the tomatoes that were infected by worms. However, HHC's agriculture technician helped teach the villagers how to avoid this problem in the future.
From all of us at GlobeMed, we hope that you have a happy holiday and a healthy new year!
It’s been nearly a month since we started school, and GlobeMed has been working diligently to make this year a success. We have selected a staff of over 60 passionate students looking for a platform to pursue their public health initiative; they are already hard at work! We have planned a global health panel featuring the co-founder of our partner organization, Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), and two University of Colorado professors. In November, we are hosting our annual benefit dinner, as well as a conference to unite GlobeMed chapters from around the state. Additionally, our Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) interns have returned safely from Nepal and have been inspiring us all with their stories.
This summer, GlobeMed at CU-Boulder sent 5 GROW interns to Nepal for 10 weeks to critically evaluate the HHC projects we support. The interns spent the majority of their time with a lower caste community in the rural village of Sertung, where they worked on an income-generating greenhouse project, the latrines project, and the efficient cookstove project.
By the time our GROW interns had arrived in the village, the lower-caste, or Kami, community had already established community leaders for an agriculture group. With the help of GlobeMed funding, HHC bought the Kami community a small piece of land, and the interns collaborated with them to build a greenhouse. The majority of the Kami people have never owned their own land, and the GROW interns reported that it was amazing to witness how motivated members of the community were to plow the field, build the greenhouse, and plant seeds for sustainable food to feed their families someday. In the greenhouse, they planted tomatoes, beans, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, and squash with the hope that the produce would not only help feed their families, but also provide a source of income, as they could sell surplus vegetable to others members of the village. The GROW interns said that the Kami community was incredible to work with because they took great pride in their work, as evidenced by the smiles they wore everyday.
Unanimously, the GROW interns agreed that the latrine project was their favorite because it has such a visible impact. As a result of the latrines, sanitation and personal hygiene in the rural Dhading District has greatly improved. Additionally, families with latrines are no longer forced to walk the 20-30 minutes to go to the bathroom in a field. Although not every family has a latrine, HHC recently initiated a “One Home, One Toilet Campaign,” in which they plan to provide a latrine to each household. To motivate villagers to build high-quality latrines, HHC recently implemented a competition that provides a monetary reward for the best-built latrine. The GROW interns were included in the judging process, and said that they saw some innovative latrines!
New this year, the GROW interns developed surveys to help HHC assess the impact of their efficient cookstove project. These surveys included information regarding the amount of firewood used by each family, the annual number of trips to the health post, problems with the stoves, and demographic information. They also measured the amount of particulate matter and carbon monoxide in homes both with and without an efficient cookstove. While they haven’t finished compiling the data, the GROW interns have found that HHC’s efficient cookstoves reduce the amount of firewood burned by families, as well as the amount of smoke within the home. Over time, this leads to decreased incidence of respiratory illness.
GlobeMed at CU-Boulder wants to thank you for your continued support of our projects. All of our work depends on the generous support of people like you. For more information on our projects please visit our website www.globemedcu.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily pictures, stories, and articles pertaining to global and public health! Lastly, if you are near Boulder and would like to visit one of our meetings or meet a passionate member of the GlobeMed team, please don’t hesitate to ask!
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