GlobeMed at Columbia University partners with Gulu Women's Economic Development and Globalization to promote HIV awareness and gender equity in Gulu, Uganda.
GlobeMed at Columbia University + GWED-G
GlobeMed at Columbia University | New York, New York
Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) | Gulu, Uganda
Almost 70% of the Ugandan population is under the age of 25.
“The beauty of working with GlobeMed students is that they do more with less. Their interventions are life-saving.”
– Pamela Angwech, Director of GWED-G
About the Partnership
GWED-G aims to strengthen the capacity of grassroots communities in Northern Uganda to become self-reliant agents of change for peace and development through training and education for them to make effective decisions concerning their rights, health, and development. With a large proportion of the Ugandan population under the age of 25, economic empowerment and sustainable change. Since 2008, GlobeMed at Columbia has raised over $75,000, to support GWED-G’s projects.
GlobeMed at Columbia’s project with GWED-G aims to prevent the spread of HIV, specifically from mother to child, and overall reduce the stigma surrounding HIV. With a multidisciplinary approach in mind, these goals are achieved through community sensitization sessions, testings and screenings, psychosocial support for those living with HIV, and income generation activities for mothers living positive. There are three main aims of the project:
1. Increased knowledge and awareness on HIV and AIDS
2. Conduct training and capacity building of the HIV/AIDS health workers and community networks
3. Promote maternal and newborn health.
With the support of GlobeMed at Columbia, GWED-G has reached over 250,000 men, women, children, religious, government, and cultural leaders since its founding in 2004, with messages of peace, empowerment, and development.