GlobeMed at University of South Carolina partners with Alternative for Rural Movement in Orissa, India to improve the health of vulnerable communities.
GlobeMed at University of South Carolina + Alternative for Rural Movement
GlobeMed at University of South Carolina | Columbia, South Carolina
Alternative for Rural Movement | Orissa, India
School drop out rate has decreased significantly from 66 % to 12 % in Orissa since ARM started educational intervention in 1997.
“We want to work with university students … to develop our staff capacity to promote sustainable development in rural areas of Balasore, and … to learn more about the dedication, commitment and helping attitude of the young students in USA. – Rajendra Kumar Rana, Founder of ARM
About the Partnership
ARM is a non-governmental organization working for the empowerment & sustainable development of the deprived village people of North Orissa, with an emphasis on rural women, children, and Dalit communities. ARM is engaged in the empowerment and mainstreaming of socio-economically marginalized and vulnerable rural sections by viewing development as a process of increasing the personal and institutional capacities of members to mobilize and manage resources to produce sustainable and justly distributed improvement in their quality of life. The GlobeMed chapter at University of South Carolina was drawn to Alternative for Rural Movement’s community-based approach to their grassroots health initiatives. Their partnership launches in the fall of 2012 and both ARM’s and GlobeMed at University of South Carolina’s leadership are excited to kick off project design and fundraising.
GlobeMed at the University of South Carolina aims to raise $3,000 for the installation of eight latrines, infant warmers, and a maternal ward stand light in the Baliapal district of Balasore, Orissa, India by 2013. This money will provide the villages with eight latrines to combat water and sanitation-related illness, infant warmers for premature and critical condition babies, and a surgical stand light for the maternal delivery ward to ensure quality care.
The construction of latrines aims to lessen the practice of open defecation and thus reduce food and water contamination. The infant warmer will measure a baby’s central and peripheral temperature, which gives early warning of thermal instability or possible cold stress. More importantly, the infant warmer will enable the care of ill newborns within a warm enclosed environment, similar to the mother’s womb, without exposure to changes in external temperatures or possible infection.