Promote Maternal & Sexual Health in N. Uganda

by GlobeMed at Columbia University
Promote Maternal & Sexual Health in N. Uganda

Dear donors, friends, and supporters, 

We would like to take this time to extend a heartfelt thank you for your ongoing support and donations and to update you on the status of our project.

The summer months often provide the best moments for reflection. Our GROW Internship team, led by our Stef Palacio, did a lot of reflecting during their recent trip to Gulu, Uganda. The Grassroots On-Site Work (GROW) internship is an opportunity for some of our chapter members to strengthen the relationship between our grassroot health partner (Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization) and GlobeMed Columbia directly on site. Anjali Pal, a member of the GROW team, wrote the following:

“As I reflect upon our last week in Uganda, my mind immediately goes to our last day in the field. We had a Q&A session with a group of ladies before distributing the remaining mama kits. Our session started on an energized note—they greeted us by dancing and singing a song they had written about how much the GWED-G program has taught them. However, the most memorable part of the session for me was one part of the Q&A session. One of the members of our team asked about what changes these ladies hope to see in the program moving forward. They responded by saying that they hope that they don't wake up one day and find that the program has abandoned them. Hearing them say that reminded me of the unfortunate practices of certain NGOs. During one of our many conversations on the trip, we were told about how certain NGOs promise the arrival of an integrated health camp on a certain day and then never show up. We were also told about how the tremendous reduction of funding from USAID has not only made it difficult for GWED-G projects but many other projects operating in Uganda. It upsets me that so many people have no choice but to depend on such unpredictable institutions and that the politics of one country impact the health and wellness of so many in another. It makes me happy that people consider GWED-G as a dependable and consistent organization but I wonder about what can be done to improve consistency, accountability, and funding for NGOs.”

Many other of our GROW members expressed similar sentiments: reminiscing a great trip while also eagerly brainstorming what else can be done. As we head into a new school year soon, this drive will continue to energize our GROW members and our GlobeMed chapter as a whole.

We remain fully committed and dedicated to our partnership with GWED-G. With your support, GWED-G can continue to reach vulnerable populations in Northern Uganda. We cannot thank you enough for all the change you enable through your generous donations.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments, and continue to follow our activities on our websites and social media platforms!

 

Sincerely,

GlobeMed at Columbia

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Dear donors, friends, and supporters,

We hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather! We would like to take a moment to thank you for your ongoing support and donations and to update you on the status of our projects.

GlobeMed at Columbia University, in partnership with Gulu Women’s Economic Development & Globalization (GWED-G), has been working hard over the past couple months to reach our fundraising goals. We kicked off the year with our semiannual GlobeMed Gala! This was an opportunity for us to share our mission statement and advocacy efforts with the broader Columbia community. Our fundraising team also organized several other fundraising events throughout the semester. We held a successful Krispy Kreme Fundraiser, a restaurant fundraiser in collaboration with Junzi Kitchen, and a fun-filled raffle/game night where participants entered for the chance to win several exciting prizes, including Equinox passes, free coffee from Joe’s, and 305 Fitness passes! During the final exams period, we will also be organizing a cookie dough DO fundraiser to give students a special treat to end the semester.

In addition to our fundraising events, the Advocacy & Awareness Team took the initiative to organize a GlobeMed Team for Columbia’s Day of Service. GlobeMed members spent the day volunteering at Metropolitan - the community hospital of choice for residents of East Harlem, northern Manhattan and neighboring communities. This hospital provides culturally-sensitive care with an emphasis on primary care medicine. GlobeMed volunteers made cards for patients and delivered them along with books, magazines and newspapers.

Our Partnerships team has also been working on organizing drive at the end of the semester for the Washington Heights CORNER Project! Our collaboration with the Washington Heights CORNER Project is a new initiative that has been implemented this year. The Washington Heights CORNER Project provides stigma-free health education to individuals and their families to reduce the risks associated with drug use and/or sex work.

In addition, the ghU team has presented thought-provoking presentations on topics including humanitarian aid in Haiti, the modern cholera epidemic, and the power of language in global health.

We also have an exciting summer coming up! Through our annual Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) Internship, some of our members will be traveling to Gulu, Uganda over the summer. This year’s group is excited to meet the GWED-G staff help our partnership grow!

We remain fully committed and dedicated to our partnership with GWED-G through our initiatives both on and off campus. Thank you for your incredible support and continual involvement in our chapter and in GWED-G.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions and continue to follow us on social media!

Best,
Charu Vyas
VP Operations
GlobeMed at Columbia University 

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Dear donors, friends, and supporters,

On behalf of Columbia GlobeMed, we would like to wish all of you a happy new year and express our gratitude for your continuing generosity and support. We write to you today to update you on our collaboration with the Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) and the progress we have made over the past several months.

As you may know, GWED-G implements both short and long-term projects to promote maternal and infant health, peace building, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in northern Uganda. To raise awareness of their efforts and fundraise to support their projects, Columbia GlobeMed has held several fundraisers and advocacy events over the past semester, including a Krispy Kreme fundraiser, collaborative event with the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP), our annual HillTop Conference, and a cookie dough fundraiser.

The collaborative event with HRAP challenged its attendees to think critically about obstacles in providing accessible care and the security risks faced by human rights defenders globally. This year’s HillTop Conference also widened its attendees’ perspectives on the political motives behind healthcare policy and accessibility. The conference was titled Political Perspectives - Inequalities and Access to Care in the Global Health Arena and brought together students from Columbia and other universities across the nation for an engaging weekend of lectures, panels, and group discussions. Professionals with backgrounds ranging from academia to non-profit work generously lent their time and shared their experiences as panelists and speakers for the conference.

Our fundraising efforts this past semester and the generosity of our supporters have allowed us to make headway towards our fundraising goal for the year, which stands at $23,368. We have several exciting events planned in the coming months to help us achieve this goal. Our members are working hard to organize a gala event, candy gram/rose sale, cookie dough and Krispy Kreme fundraiser, as well as several other events still in the works!

Additionally, as you may know, several of our members will be traveling to Gulu, Uganda this coming semester as part of the GROW internship. This year’s GROW coordinator and group has been selected and is beginning preparations for their trip. They will be communicating with Pam, GWED-G’s founder, to determine what our chapter can do to best serve GWED-G’s needs.

Thank you for your incredible support and continual involvement in our chapter and in GWED-G. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or suggestions and stay up to date with our events by following us on  social media!

Regards,

Charu Vyas

VP Operations

GlobeMed at Columbia University

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Dear donors, friends, and supporters,

After having welcomed our new group of GlobeMed members in September, there is an air of excitement that has grown even stronger as the October weeks fly by. With half the semester behind us, our chapter would like to convey our sincerest appreciation for your ongoing support and donations. In addition, our chapter has been in full swing since the summer months, so we would also like to update you on the status of our project. 

Gulu Women’s Economic Development & Globalization (GWED-G) staff, in partnership with our chapter of GlobeMed at Columbia University, continues to be dedicated to making meaningful change through our initiatives. As a chapter, we remain committed to GWED-G’s mission and goals.

During late September, we hosted our semesterly Krispy Kreme fundraiser! With the sun out and plenty of foot traffic on Columbia’s campus, many people stopped by to learn about GWED-G’s initiatives and to enjoy a donut or two. It was particularly exciting to see our new members involved in this fundraiser. Their enthusiasm and drive rubbed off on everybody, helping make the event a huge success.

In addition, we were invited to participate in Columbia University Chinese Student Club’s Night Market, which seeks to emulate the iconic night markets of East Asia. As a chapter, we made and sold delicious crepes. The funds from that night will help us meet our fundraising goal for our project with GWED-G.

With November quickly approaching, our members are eager for HillTop! HillTop is an annual conference that we plan and host with the aims of increasing our knowledge of global health and fostering community within the GlobeMed chapter network. The following is this year’s theme: Political Perspectives: Inequalities and Access to Care in the Global Health Arena. Our HillTop co-chairs always have exciting updates to share during executive board meetings, so we all anticipate the event to be a huge success! 

Your support, no matter its magnitude, directly helps to reach vulnerable populations in Northern Uganda. As a chapter, we remain driven because we all believe proper health is a condition deserved by all. Until this is met, we will continue to rally, initiate, and advocate for change. As a supporter, you too enable this movement through your generous donations. 

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments, and continue to follow our activities on our websites and social media platforms. Our communications team has a lot in store for these platforms! 

 

Best Regards,

Cayo Gonzalez

VP Operations

GlobeMed at Columbia University

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Dear donors, friends, and supporters,

With July now almost over, we would like to take this time to express our appreciation for your ongoing support and donations and to update you on the status of our project.

Gulu Women’s Economic Development & Globalization (GWED-G) staff, in partnership with our chapter of GlobeMed at Columbia University, has been working tirelessly during the sunny summer days. As a chapter, we continue to be dedicated to GWED-G’s mission and goals.

As you might know, students in our chapter can become fully immersed in the work and spirit of GWED-G by being a part of the annual Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) Internship. Students frequently cite the trip as one of their most memorable experiences, and it often motivates them to pursue a career in public health to address the world’s pervasive health inequalities. This summer, five undergraduates had the honor of traveling to Gulu, Uganda for the GROW Internship. Since returning, they have acquired an increased understanding for the importance of the work the chapter does during the school year.

During the trip, the GlobeMed at Columbia University chapter members were able to contribute in several meaningful ways. They conducted home visits of HIV-positive women who are beneficiaries of their village health team. The relationship of these women can be qualified in one or more of the following ways: received seeds to plant and goats, received mama kits, and received psychosocial consulting with the village health workers. The mama kits contain supplies to facilitate a birth that occurs at home or in the hospital.

The team was also able to visit the Lukodi Massacre Memorial. The brutal massacre was committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in 2004. They interviewed beneficiaries of a trust fund for victims. This fund is part of a transitional justice project that GWED-G has been involved with.

The GROW team also conducted health care visits. This consisted of picking up health workers from a health center in the area and then driving them to parishes. The drive would be 20-30 minutes, which is significant as this would take a considerable amount of time to walk on foot for villagers. Thus, the team made health care more accessible to villagers. The integrated health care visits consisted of: testing for malaria, prescribing pills, testing for HIV, completing physical examinations for pregnant women, and distributing deworming tablets to children.

Though the summer’s internship is now over, we remain fully committed and dedicated to our partnership with GWED-G through our initiatives both on- and off-campus. With your support, GWED-G, in partnership with GlobeMed at Columbia University, can continue to reach vulnerable populations in Northern Uganda. We cannot thank you enough for all the change you enable through your generous donations, which coupled with the funds we raise during the school year go directly to support the projects the GROW team was working while in Gulu!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments, and continue to follow our activities on our websites and social media platforms!

 

Best Regards,

Cayo Gonzalez

VP Operations

GlobeMed at Columbia University 

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GlobeMed at Columbia University

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Diviya Rajesh
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