Condolences and Updates

On behalf of GlobeMed at Northwestern, we wanted to express our deepest condolences for the family and friends of Alyssa Weaver, a Junior who died last week while studying abroad in the United Kingdom.  We were saddened to hear of her passing and will keep her and her loved ones in our thoughts as this quarter comes to an end.

In other news, even as the quarter is wrapping up, GlobeMed at Northwestern is busy as ever.  Applications are out for the GROW trip for Summer 2013, the first trip to visit our new partner, the Adonai Child Development Center, in Namugoga, Uganda.  The newsletter is being compiled and written as we speak, and should be out very shortly.  And of course our Individual Giving Challenge is coming up very soon, possibly our most important fundraiser of the year.  On that note, we kindly ask for your donations during this season of giving:http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/increase-public-health-and-sanitation-in-uganda/

Alternatively, we are also looking for donations to our brand new Web Thrift page:http://globemednu.webthriftstore.com/

We leave you today with an interesting article from the NY Times about the importance of corrective lenses in developing countries:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/health/investing-in-eyeglasses-for-poor-would-boost-international-economy.html?ref=health


Post-Thanksgiving updates

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a nice break from work and school and the like.

A bunch of links today:

First, a wonderful piece about the mental and physical health of Americans during the recession written by a former Northwestern student and member of GlobeMed’s National Office for The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/11/how-the-recession-improved-life-expectancy-but-didnt-make-us-healthier/265401/

Next, an update from Alyssa Smaldino, the Director of Partnerships at the National Office, who, along with Executive Director of the National Office Maya Cohen, is visiting thirteen partners and a handful of potential partners in six different nations across the African continent.  One of the communities Alyssa and Maya are planning to visit is GlobeMed at Northwestern’s proud new partner: the Adonai Child Development Center in Namugoga, Uganda:http://globemed.org/visiting-partners-in-africa-another-step-toward-globemeds-vision/?utm_source=GlobeMed+Newsletter+Master+List&utm_campaign=f838a8a7cc-Vol_3_Issue_19_30_2012&utm_medium=email

An interesting article about the slow but steady decline of HIV/AIDS across the world and what still needs to be done to fight the epidemic:http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/11/21/165640328/world-aids-epidemic-slows-but-fight-stalls-in-parts-of-asia

Finally, we are looking forward to the end of the quarter here at Northwestern, and as such we have begun preparation on our fall quarter newsletter.  We expect it to be published and available online in two weeks’ time!

In this season of giving, we continue to ask for your donations to support the Adonai Child Development Center in Uganda: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/increase-public-health-and-sanitation-in-uganda/

Alternatively, we are also looking for donations to our brand new Web Thrift page:http://globemednu.webthriftstore.com/


GlobeMed’s Brand New Web Thrift Profile!

GlobeMed at Northwestern is pleased to introduce our new online storefront through webthriftstore.com.  Items donated to GlobeMed can now be sold conveniently online, and all of the proceeds directly benefit our brand new chapter, the Adonai Child Development Center in Namugoga, Uganda.  Please visit this site and consider either donating or shopping for items and help us out during this season of giving.  Thanks!

http://globemednu.webthriftstore.com/


Update on GlobeMed at Northwestern’s project and partner information

Here are some exciting updates about our project with the Adonai Center in Namugoga, Uganda!  First, a description of the project itself:

The project contains three separate elements intended to contribute to the health of Adonai children and the wellbeing of the entire community.

  1. Construction of two water harvest tanks for water collection on campus, and for community education. Always a critical issue, potable water can be made available at a small fraction of the cost of drilling a borehole through collection and purification of rainwater.
  2. Construction of a compostable latrine on campus. The latrines at Adonai are near full. This new, compostable latrine will improve the handling of fecal matter and improve sanitation. Because the waste is recyclable, and the latrine doesn’t fill, it will be sustainable. The latrine will also serve a public education function. The purchase of a reusable mold will subsequently allow the repetition of the project in the community, even as a business opportunity.
  3. Funds remaining after the construction of the tanks and the latrine will support construction of the Mission Centre and Guest House, which will enable support from external experts and learning expeditions, including from GlobeMed students.

So GlobeMed at Northwestern will be funding both the water harvest tanks and the new latrine.  Our support of the new water tanks will directly benefit the children and orphans that must otherwise walk over 30 minutes daily to get subpar, unclean water because there is currently no running water in Namugoga.  Our support of the new latrines will improve the cleanliness, hygiene, and sustainability of sanitation in Namugoga.  Both will improve the health and hygiene of these children by reducing their risk of being exposed to water borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera.

Additionally, GlobeMed at Northwestern will be developing a Public Health Awareness campaign with teachers at Adonai Family Uganda throughout the year. This campaign will address the benefits of these two forms of water and sanitation and be implemented by the GROW team during June-August 2013. Furthermore, the GROW team will be conducting research June-August 2013 through questionnaires and anthropometric measurements in which the baseline health of the students will be determined (we have already received consent from the community/head of Adonai Family Uganda). We are hoping to turn this into a longitudinal study which will produce meaningful data that we can use to improve the health of the orphans and the community.