GlobeMed at Cornell and CEPAIPA have had a very busy and exciting summer! Two of our Globemed members, Jo and Becky, traveled to La Libertad to spend a month with CEPAIPA. They were there for the opening of the lab and we couldn’t be more excited abut it. We still have a little over $1,000 to raise for the lab to pay for basic materials such as needles, syringes and tubes, as well as salaries for the staff.
GlobeMed at Cornell's GROW chair, Jo, reflected on her time with CEPAIPA:
This year's Summer 2013 GROW Internship was exhilarating, challenging, productive, educational, and truly inspiring. Our GROW team traveled to La Libertad, Ecuador for 4 weeks to work with our partner organization, CEPAIPA. While on site, we worked closely with the CEPAIPA students and coordinators, helping them put on skits, musical performances, dances, and comedy acts to promote health awareness and combat drug abuse. We also inaugurated the testing laboratory that we have been raising money for the past two years and promoted this new service through classroom presentations and TV, radio, and newspaper interviews. Our team was there to see the lab examine its first patients. Now, students and their families can receive low-cost blood and urine tests to test for HIV, STI's, diabetes, anemia, and a host of other conditions that often go undetected.
During our time in La Libertad, we also deepened our understanding of the health issues facing the community by talking to students, school administrators, and community members. One common theme that emerged was need for a culture of prevention in the community. The general sentiment was that getting tested, using protection, and maintaining health needs to be more strongly promoted in La Libertad. Many expressed their belief that the testing laboratory will initiate this cultural shift towards preventative lifestyles. Everyone was thrilled to have affordable testing services available inside the school, and they all expressed their appreciation for the support that GlobeMed at Cornell provides year-round
We are so proud to have had the opportunity to conduct GlobeMed @ Cornell's first every full length GROW internship and to meet everyone in our partner organization. Our GROW team has returned to the States with renewed energy and determination to continue the fight for global health equity.
Please take a look at the video blogs Jo and Becky put together to learn more about their time and experience this summer! http://globemedatcornell.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/grow-summer-2013-hola-from-la-libertad/
With the start of a new school year, we are all motivated and excited to continue to strengthen our partnership with CEPAIPA. We thank you again for your generous support, and we hope you stay tuned for progress on the project and more on CEPAIPA’s work in La Libertad! Stay updated and enjoy numerous photos by liking CEPAIPA’s, and GlobeMed at Cornell’s Facebook pages.
Presentation on HIV,STI's anemia & diabetes tests
Testing lab in progress
THE COMPLETED LAB!
Completed lab again