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
On average, a woman in Northern Uganda has her first child at age twenty. She usually continues reproducing until the age of forty, leaving her with about eight children.
“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 is a nonprofit non-governmental organization founded in 2004 to empower women and youth to create sustainable change. GWED-G helps women gain access to education, skills training, and a powerful local network. This grassroots organization was started in response to a war-torn Uganda, and now focuses on health, women’s rights, psychosocial support, economic empowerment, and human rights advocacy and research. GlobeMed at Columbia’s project with GWED-G aims to increase awareness for HIV/AIDS and provide much needed testing services in local areas. The chapter also supports 20-30 HIV positive women of child-bearing age by providing counseling, education, and testing around the issues of mother-child HIV transmission, healthy pregnancies, and maternal nutrition. Since 2008, GlobeMed at Columbia has raised over $43,800 for GWED-G’s projects.
Part 1: Awareness and Education – The campaign focuses on the importance of getting tested, infection stigma, and awareness that treatment does not reduce the danger of the infection. It also emphasizes the importance of safe pregnancy and birth for HIV-infected women.
Part 2: Testing – GWED-G staff, lab technicians, and counselors offer HIV testing with on-site results.
Part 3: Economic Empowerment for 30 HIV+ women – An income generating project for thirty most vulnerable HIV-infected women of child bearing age identified by GWED-G staff during the first two phases of the project. These women receive personal counseling on topics such as good nutrition as a mother, healthy pregnancy, safe delivery, and antenatal care. They also become members of an income generating project, such as goat raising or farming, to ensure they can have a healthy diet and can afford health costs during and after their pregnancy.