Our GROW team recently returned from an extremely successful trip in Namugoga at Adonai. Last summer when the GROW team of 2014 visited Namugoga, Adonai Family Medical Center was still under construction. As of April 2015, the health clinic was officially open to community members. When this year’s GROW team arrived, the health clinic could accommodate at least four patients and many times had plenty more waiting in the lobby. Though this may not sound like a lot, Adonai Medical Center offers family medicine as well as maternal care, including anti, peri, and postnatal services. At all times, a nurse and a lab technician is on staff while a visiting doctor comes in twice a week. They most commonly treat for tropical and infectious diseases such as malaria and typhoid, with an aim to decrease deaths in the area, especially those of ages five years and younger.
The clinic also offers a more affordable payment plan for clients that make medical treatment more realistic and not so daunting. Though students, teachers, and community members now have a more conveniently located and reliable clinic, Adonai Medical Center still must rely on primitive techniques. Even though their hand-operated centrifuge could use replacing, our focus for the next year is on the tools that are crucially missing. This includes simple tools such as forceps, buckets, and aprons, but also more vital devices such as heart monitors. During the group's short six-week stay, a total of six babies were born, not all without complication. Though the nurse on duty was able to deliver a breech baby blindly and without those tools, it is not for certain that this luck will repeat. These are items on the top of our list for the upcoming year.
Lastly, the Adonai Medical Center has construction plans in progress to build a second floor. Because of the organization’s frequent hospitality of visitors, one to two rooms are generally reserved for guests. With this new addition, at least six more beds will be open to accommodate more community members, offering them more privacy while volunteers stay on the second floor. With now only six months of operation, the Adonai Medical Center has already begun to make a profit in the hopes to eventually become self sustainable in paying their health-workers and replenishing their medical supplies even without the help of GlobeMed.
We are excited to begin the new year at Northwestern with some amazing GlobeMed events and fundraisers that are already in the works. In the next few weeks, we will begin to recruit our new chapter members and have our first meetings of the year. We are looking forward to this school year and all the great things we are hoping to accomplish!
GlobeMed at Northwestern had an extremely exciting spring as we successfully hosted our first ever Night of Appreciation/benefit dinner! In this incredible event we were able to reflect on GlobeMed’s past, thank our supporters, hear from key professionals in the field of global health and reflect on our amazing partnership with Adonai. We raised over $2,000 through ticket sales and our silent auction and had over 50 individuals in attendance. All of the funds from the night will go directly to supplying the health clinic at Adonai.
Additionally, we hosted our annual individual giving campaign this spring, which was also a huge success. Through online fundraising, pitches and individual campaigning, our chapter raised $4,900! Our chapter members reached out to family, friends and their fellow Northwestern peers to personally garner donations for our Ugandan partner. This campaign was one of our most successful yet!
Just last week the GROW (Grassroots On-site Work) team embarked on their journey to Namugoga, Uganda. This will be our third trip to the Adonai Centre! The team will be staying for 5 weeks, conducting research on malaria and bed nets, implementing current projects, and seeing the results and impact of our fundraising. We are so excited for the GROW team to come back with updates and meaningful experiences so that we can continue to build this incredible relationship!
Thank you so much for your continued support throughout the 2014-2015 year. We would not be able to accomplish our goals without you and we are so grateful for your contributions. We can’t wait to share what the coming year will bring with you!
GlobeMed at Northwestern has had an exciting and successful past few months! Our World Day of Social Justice programming included a canvas board in which students wrote what mental health meant to them and a world cafe on hunger and food insecurity. Many of our chapter members just attended the GlobeMed National Summit, whose theme was partnering for systemic change. It was an incredible time to connect with other chapters, think critically about our own chapter, and reinvigorate our passions to continue partnering with the Adonai Centre to better the health of the Namugoga community.
Looking forward, we are working hard on planning our first ever benefit dinner taking place on May 13. This GlobeMed night of appreciation will highlight the accomplishments of GlobeMed at Northwestern by honoring alumni and contributers to this wonderful organization. We are so excited for this event and hope that its fundraising results will have a substantial impact on Adonai.
Our weekly meetings in the past few months have been dedicated to exploring health as it relates to gender and sexuality around the world. These discussions have brought about a wider understanding of public health and the complexities of the systems that govern the field. In the Spring, we will be delving deeper into GlobeMed's advocacy component, in which we will commit ourselves to discussing the importance of engaging with the world around us.
We are also extremely excited to introduce a new executive board led by the chapter co-presidents, Victoria Zapater and Natalie Sack. This board is a team of passionate and committed individuals who are dedicated to seeing Adonai thrive, and we cannot wait to see what they will do in the next year.
As always, we want to continuously thank all of our supporters and donors! The global health equity movement involves everybody and we cannot do what we do without all of you!
We hope everyone had a good and relaxing holiday season. We are very excited to be back on campus to learn more about global health and engage in new fundraising efforts for Adonai. Last season was extremely successful, as we raised over $3,000 for the child health center through a two day holiday sweater sale, the most a Northwestern GlobeMed campaign has ever raised.
We also selected our GROW team last month; these four students will be traveling to Uganda this summer to see how our work and your donations are impacting the Adonai Center. This team has been working fervently on crafting the itinerary and a research product for the trip. We are all very excited that in March, Aloysious and his wife Abby will be coming to visit the United States and will make a stop in Chicago to meet our chapter! This is an incredible opportunity for all of us to be able to interact and learn about Adonai firsthand, as well as for Adonai to actually see the work we do here in Evanston.
The chapter has been constantly learning and asking questions about Adonai and the history and society in Uganda. All of our members care deeply about our partners and bettering the world, and this clearly permeates throughout our discussions during all of our meetings. The Adonai Centre is an amazing organization for its community and we are incredibly excited to continue this relationship for the third year. We are looking forward to meeting Aloysious in a few months and to discuss hiring health care professionals at the health center as well as furnishing the center for future use.
Hello world! The leaves are changing color, which means GlobeMed at Northwestern is back in session for another great year. We are currently in the process of recruiting our new members and we are so excited about all of our passionate and enthusiastic applicants! Our first meeting of the new chapter will be this week and we cannot wait to get started engaging our new members.
The first campaign of the year is coming up soon: our second annual Holiday Sweater Drive will be happening before Thanksgiving. We will be collecting sweaters from various thrift stores and selling it to students for low prices. This drive was a major success last year, raising over $1000 dollars from just three days of selling sweaters. We cannot wait to see what the drive will bring this year!
The GROW team came back from their trip to Adonai in Mid-September where they had the opportunity of working closely with The Adonai Center as well as conducting a research project teaching young girls about menstruation. Many of these girls end up missing large portions of their schooling due to limited access of sanitary napkins and other necessary supplies so our team is hoping to spread awareness and begin to change that.
Our partnership with the Adonai Center has been thriving, as our GROW team also cultivated a strong relationship with the directors, whom we will plan to welcome to Chicago in March! Thank you so much for following GlobeMed at Northwestern and we truly appreciate your continued support!
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