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Just a week after learning of the incredible case from of a young baby from Mississippi who was completely cured of HIV, more very promising HIV news, this time featuring French researchers who say there are at least 14 HIV positive adults whose immune systems are apparently keeping the virus at bay without the help of antiretroviral drugs.
Additionally, an interesting piece on the globally growing middle class and it’s role in health equity around the world.
And finally, yet another beautiful reflection on GlobeMed from senior and current Internal Co-President Emily Bauersfeld:
“When I joined GlobeMed at Northwestern my sophomore year of college, I had no idea what to expect. I knew that GlobeMed was a social justice organization, interested in helping create global health equity, but I really had no idea what I was in for. GlobeMed opened my eyes to new people, new experiences, and allowed me to focus on my personal life goals. Having the opportunity to discuss, implement and guide global health is an experience I didn’t realize I valued until I joined GlobeMed. Now, three years later, reflecting on my time spent as a chapter and exec board member, and as co-president, I realize how GlobeMed fundamentally changed the way I think about and approach problems.
Northwestern students are bright; GlobeMed at Northwestern members are dedicated and driven. We are students who not only believe in social change, but who are ready to physically work on making it happen. I’ve been so lucky to work alongside such motivated individuals, and I am even more excited to see where my peers will take this organization in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed leading such a wonderful group of students, and feel honored to have worked with such promising leaders. I may have joined GlobeMed without realizing the true potential of what the organization had to offer, but I am certainly leaving GlobeMed with an updated, focused vision of what it means to be devoted to health equity.”
Check out this great op-ed article about the SARS outbreak in 2003 and how the key to preventing its spread was through open dialogue and active communication, and ignoring what might have been politically smart in favor of the common good. Just more proof that one of the most effective tools for getting things done in a timely manner in the political system is to present it as a public health issue; presenting it as such will be far less controversial.
Thanks to everyone who donated yesterday to our Global Giving website! We will have the totals for you later. Additionally, keep an eye out for the winter quarter newsletter, coming very soon!!
Finally, here’s another fantastic reflection on what GlobeMed means to me, this time presented by Jerry Luo, senior and current Co-Director of Communications:
“GlobeMed has been one of the highlights of my college career and the people I have met here have truly inspired me in their dedication to global health and improving the world. As a senior board member, I have seen just how much individuals pour into this organization and I am honored to have served with them. Looking ahead to life after college is scary for most, but our choices in the past four years have shaped who we are and want we want to do in life. As a pre-medical student taking a year off, I have a wide variety of options and have been encouraged by our work here at GlobeMed to look into global-health related opportunities. For example, I have been exploring Master’s in Public Health degree programs, dual MD/MPH programs, and jobs related to global health such as the Global Health Corps or volunteering with various global health organizations like GlobeMed. Medical schools are increasingly looking for academic diversity among applicants and many experts already argue that global health classes should be pre-med requirements in college. Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health is a testament to the rise of global health curriculum in medical schools. Although I am strongly committed to attending medical school, I just as strongly believe that studying global health will make me a better doctor. Ultimately, I would like to be a doctor that occasionally serves as a volunteer overseas, helping third world countries and disaster areas. And I know that GlobeMed has helped me set off on the right path.”
First and foremost, if you were thinking about donating to GlobeMed at Northwestern at all, please consider doing it today!! There is a special promotional bonus day today through Global Giving, and any money we raise will be matched!! Please help out if you can, it will be much appreciated and it goes to a good cause! Donating to our Web Thrift Store is always welcome as well!
Next, congratulations to Dance Marathon for raising $1.2 million for the Danny Did Foundation!
Finally, a special reflection from our new Internal Co-President, Tade Mengesha on what GlobeMed means to me:
“I joined Globemed Northwestern chapter the fall quarter of my freshman year. I basically knew nothing about global health but I was well aware of that. That is why I wanted to join Globemed initially; to learn about issues pertaining to global health. Within my three years here, I have definitely have gained a wide array of knowledge on health disparities, different issues that different countries face, and who are the key players in global health justice. But I have learned way more than I ever expected when I was a freshman. I developed firsthand experience on how a student-run nonprofit organization functions. I learned a global health model that builds lasting relationships and has had several successes in communities across the world. I met several inspiring people with passion for health rights that literally radiates from them. I realized that in order to make any sort of change, knowledge is the most important first step and perseverance is an extremely valuable trait. Now as I am in my third year of Globemed, I have been able to utilize all that I have learned into other facets of my life. I find myself often referring to Globemed in classes and internships I have participated in. Globemed has showed me that students can be empowered to break down barriers among the international community and help fight for global health justice equity. Without my involvement in Globemed, I am not sure that these experiences would have been as easily attainable.” -Tade Mengesha