Happy Holidays Global Givers! It’s been a great fall semester for Globemed at Cornell. We welcomed new members and raised almost two hundred dollars during our annual “Apples for Education” caramel apple fundraiser in early November. Here is an update on all things Globemed!
Due to concerns the national office has expressed about CEPAIPA, Globemed at Cornell is being asked to repartner with a new organization. When evaluated using new criteria for optimal partner organizations that were determined by the national office, CEPAIPA did not score strongly. The office indicated concern about their lack of organization and our inability to measure their progress and impact on the community. As a result, the national office is sending out a closed application for potential new partners. Globemed at Cornell will review the applications and select a new partner in late January. While we are sad to see our partnership with CEPAIPA end, we are excited to be able to make positive change with a new partner. Stay tuned for an announcement about our adventure in early 2014!
While we will be saying goodbye to CEPAIPA in January, the students of CEPAIPA have planned an event with the last $2,000 dollars that Cornell Globemed sent them. On December 1st, CEPAIPA will hold an HIV/AIDS awareness festival with the theme “Camino conmigo, vamos a cero”, or “Walk with Me, Let’s go to Zero”. The festival will feature information on how to prevent, diagnose, and treat HIV/AIDS, and the dangers that the disease poses. The festival is in support of the Ecuadorian movement to have zero new HIV infections or deaths from AIDS, and the theme matches the current slogan of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS prevention and control program.
The weekend of November 8th, several Cornell Globemedders attended the Hilltop Conference at Columbia University in New York City. Hilltop is an annually held Globemed conference that allows members from chapters all over the country to meet and discuss global health issues. Professor Jeffery Sachs of Columbia gave a popular presentation about the Millennium Development Goals, a project that he initiated with the United Nations. If you are interested in learning more about this project, visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals. The members of Cornell Globemed had a great time at the conference and came back even more inspired than before!
All of us here at Cornell Globemed want to extend our sincere thanks to you for your support. It is your generosity that makes it possible for us to continue our mission to spread global health awareness and achieve worldwide social justice. Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful and safe new year!