Health
 Uganda
Project #12082

Supply a Health Clinic in Uganda

by GlobeMed at Northwestern
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Our GROW Team with their Adonai Family
Our GROW Team with their Adonai Family

It was a big summer for our GlobeMed team! Led by GROW Coordinator Udita Persaud, our Presidents Camille Cooley, Jimmy Wester and new 2016-2017 GROW Coordinator Aysha Salter-Volz spent six weeks at the Adonai Child Development Centre in Namugoga, Uganda.

Although the team faced their share of hardships in the beginning of the trip, by the third week they were all settled in and were out working in the field. The research conducted by our team was ethnographic qualitative asset based research in order to gain a broad understanding of the health needs of the community as well how people access care based on where they live. The data collected was very interesting and the GROW team received a lot of help from their contacts at the university in Kampala. The community at Adonai was incredibly welcoming and most days of the week the team spent 8 hours a day working out in the field conducting interviews and listening to people’s stories. Our co-president Camille’s favorite part of the trip was when they were able to present their findings to community leaders because “they were able to give us their own ideas and provide us with the insight we hadn’t heard yet through interviews.” For more information about our GROW team’s trip please contact us at northwestern@globemed.org and stay tuned for the Fall report for more information regarding the trip and other exciting endeavors!

Aloysious with our Presidents at Benefit Dinner
Aloysious with our Presidents at Benefit Dinner

            Globemed at Northwestern had a very successful and exciting Spring Quarter! The quarter featured our Benefit Dinner—one of our biggest events for the Adonai Centre—as well as GlobeMed Summit, Windy City retreat, our Individual Giving Campaign, a new Executive Board and a Krispy Kreme fundraiser to end the year on a sweet note.

            This year, our Benefit Dinner (May 12th) was unlike any other. We were fortunate to have Mr. Aloysious Luswata, the founder and director of the Adonai Centre as a speaker and guest. His story highlighting the beginning of Adonai inspired us all and gave many members a tangible connection to our partner in Uganda. We are grateful to have our GROW team work with Aloysious and the Adonai community this summer to improve and expand their health infrastructure. The Benefit Dinner also featured Professor Cynthia Salter from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health as one of our speakers. Ms. Salter spoke about her work abroad working and teaching in the Global Health field. Bringing insightful comments, she spoke to GlobeMed's work in the larger global context and what we can do to be better students

            GlobeMed Summit was also a noteworthy event which occurred at the beginning of April. Hosted in Evanston itself, numerous members from GlobeMed chapters across the nation came together for a weekend of networking, leadership and public and global health justice and unity. Windy City Retreat which brought together the Loyola, Northwestern and University of Chicago GlobeMed chapters also occurred at the end of April. Many speakers at the event focused on their personal and academic experiences and the influence of GlobeMed on shaping them as social justice advocates and professionals. It was a great quarter for GlobeMed unity!

            Our Advocacy Director was able to bring in Mr. Abrar Quader, a public health advocate and organizer to help the Flint Water Crisis, this quarter. He spoke about the socioeconomic disparities in healthcare and how we can help as students and future professionals. It was an inspiring and educational experience for the chapter!

            With the school year all wrapped up with the successful Krispy Kreme fundraiser sale during Finals week, we are excited to see how the chapter grows next school year under the leadership of our new presidents Camille Cooley and Jimmy Wester and new Executive Board.

We would like to thank all of our donors and supporters and we can’t wait to update everyone on the improvements our Summer 2016 GROW team will make in Uganda in a few weeks.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser
Krispy Kreme Fundraiser
World Day of Social Justice Display
World Day of Social Justice Display

GlobeMed at Northwestern has had a successful and exciting past few months! In February, our World Day of Social Justice committee planned an incredible display in our student center that recognized the hardships of Syrian refugees by laying out the items that refugees carry while fleeing the country. 

We had several successful campaigns this winter to raise funds for Adonai from campus. We ran a bake sale during midterms, in which many chapter members came together to bake the goods in our student center and then we completely sold out! We also held a Krispy Kreme sale during finals week at the libraries, which also ended up selling out.

Our Advocacy director and committee put on an incredible panel event that discussed the state of health disparities at home and abroad. This panel discussion featured three incredible speakers who worked in very different realms of health, including a nurse for Doctors Without Borders, the project manager of a medical technologies company, and the senior health planning analyst for the Chicago Department of Public Health. The event explored practices that organizations use to ensure sustainable and and responsible engagement in underserved communities.

We are looking forward to the upcoming annual GlobeMed National Summit at the end of the month, which will be a great opportunity to catch up with other chapters around the country and learn more about what they are doing. Several of our chapter members will be attending, so we cannot wait to see what they learn and gain from this experience!

Looking forward into the spring, we are working very hard to plan our second annual benefit dinner, which will take place on May 12 in Evanston. This event will bring together GlobeMed alumni, global health professionals, and students to learn about our organization, our partnership with Adonai, and more about the global health field in Chicago and beyond. We are so excited that the founder and director of the Adonai Centre, Aloysious Luswata, will be in US during April and May and will be our featured speaker and guest at our benefit dinner. We will also be welcoming Professor Cynthia Salter, MPH from University of Pittsburgh's School of Public Health as our second speaker for the event.

We are also extremely excited to introduce a new executive board led by the chapter co-presidents, Camille Cooley and Jimmy Wester. This board is a team of committed and passionate individuals who are so excited to take their positions to a new level and help Adonai thrive in the next year!

As always, we want to continously thank all of our donors and supporters. The global health equity movement includes everybody and we could not do our work without the support of all of you!

Bake Sale for Adonai!
Bake Sale for Adonai!

We had an incredible start to the school year after recruiting 15 new students for our GlobeMed chapter! We had an extremely successful quarter in terms of campaigns and fundraising, as our annual Holiday Sweater Sale raised over $4,000, which is over $1,000 more than we raised last year. All of these funds will go directly to supplying the health clinic with medicine, machinery, equipment and health professionals. 

Over the past quarter, we have had a number of discussions regarding human rights, health equity, and our role in providing support abroad, in which we analyzed the history and definition of human rights. In our ghUs, we learned about international aid and how it moves through organizations, governments and communities. We paid particular attention to the refugee crisis in our chapter meetings due to the current events of the past few months, and we discussed as a group how public health intersects with the struggle these refugees face and how governments and NGOs should play a role in providing support. 

 

Unfortunately, Aloysious' home was broken into in October and many of his family's belongings were stolen or damaged. The whole chapter collected money separate from our group fundraising goals and wired it to Aloysious and Abby in order to help out with any repairs or other things to get them back on their feet. They are doing well now and are excited to come visit Chicago in the spring for our Benefit Dinner.

We also recently selected our new GROW team, which is a group of four students who will travel to Uganda over the summer to see how our work and your donations are impacting the Adonai Center. The team will also be choosing a subject to research while in Namugoga that will help our whole group better understand the conditions of the community and the individuals that live in it.

We wish everyone a happy holidays and a great start to the new year! 

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! 

 

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GlobeMed at Northwestern

Location: Evanston, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.globemed.org
Project Leader:
Tamar Eisen
Evanston, IL United States

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