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Jun 11, 2012

GROWing Around the World: Updates from the Field

One of the most unique aspects of the GlobeMed model is our partnerships.  Each summer, a handful of students from each chapter go on GROW internships to visit their respective partner organization for lengths of time anywhere between three weeks to two months during the summer.  These internships are crucial in building the strong human connections our students are forming across the world in order to catalyze the movement for global health equity.

This summer, GlobeMed students will be doing their GROW internships across the four continents in our network, as far away as Cambodia and as close as Alabama.  Throughout their time with their partners, students and partners are able to develop rapport, exchange ideas, implement projects, and so much more.  Here is a sampling of some of the chapters who are currently doing their internships or have already returned!  Click on the links for each chapter’s GROW blog.

Africa:

Uganda
After her appearance at this year’s Global Health Summit, Pam of GWED-G and Columbia University students met up again to visit some beneficiaries of their partnership’s project which provided HIV-positive women with plant seeds as an agricultural income generator.

Over the next few weeks, Northeastern University + Kitovu Mobile AIDS  will be distributing a survey about hygiene and sanitation to roughly 2000 different households in five villages while also finding time to meet with a new partner organization for next year, ICOD Action Network.

While out in the field, University of Missouri – Kansas City students were able to see the impacts in the community that have come as a result of the HIV/AIDS and agricultural sustainability education programs of their partner organization, the Kabwohe Clinical Research Center.

Amongst other things, University of North Carolina students were able to hold a technology workshop for staff members of Health Alert Uganda in which they introduced some basic uses of Microsoft Word and Excel.

Rwanda
For two months, George Washington University + Rwanda Village Concept Project will be able to implement their Maternal Health Education Program at the Hukira Clinic in Huye.

All in their first week, Middlebury College + Gardens for Health International have made numerous home visits to families who have benefited from GHI’s support in helping them establish home gardens and teach them a comprehensive health curriculum aimed at decreasing malnourishment.

Ghana
University of Southern California students have developed programs and curriculum for the youth center at Care Net Ghana and have also done a lot of traveling along the way.

Americas:

El Salvador
Amherst College + Pastoral de la Salud worked on one of their current projects: the construction of a tilapia pond!

After re-partnering this past year, Pennsylvania State University + ACUDESBAL met for the first time to strategically develop their garden project which will provide three daycare centers with sustainable and self-sufficient nutrition sources for breakfast and lunch for the children who attend them.

University of Texas – Austin + Clinica Ana Manganaro worked together on a dengue campaign, a prevalent but preventable disease.

Guatemala
While at Primeros Pasos in Guatemala, Georgetown University students helped to weigh children who were part of their partner’s nutrition program and hold a workshop for the mothers.

United States
The partnership between Princeton University + Medical AIDS Outreach is a unique one since it is in the United States!  Students assisted at a health fair and administered surveys to college aged students in the community.

Haiti
Even though they had been partnered for years, Truman State University + Maison de Naissance (Haiti) were excited for their first GROW internship.

Peru
Vanderbilt University + Dios Es Amor got to visit the site of a new clinic to be built in Las Antillas.

Asia:

Cambodia
Not only have Bethel University students had many meetings with their partner REDA and the district governor, but they were also able to attend a traditional wedding!

Rutgers University + CSSD were able to solidify their partnership by doing fieldwork together in Phnom Penh amongst the entertainment workers and MSM target populations.

30 profiles in 30 days is a highlight of the partnership between University of Virginia + Build Your Future Today; GROW intern Parth Shah is sharing the story of one person he meets each day.

Thailand
While in Mae Sot, Whitman College + Burmese Women’s Union put on one of their reproductive health trainings for women in the Burmese migrant community.

Stay tuned for more GROW updates from chapters and their partners soon!

Written by Paul Vergara

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