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 launched in the fall of 2012 and both ARM’s and GlobeMed at the University of South Carolina’s leadership are excited to continue to build on this partnership.
This year, GlobeMed at University of South Carolina is funding several projects for ARM. These projects include:
1. Supporting health awareness camps in villages without access to health care including providing medication, screenings, and treatment for 1000 individuals
2. Providing 10 sewing machines to support micro enterprise in the area
3. Continuing to assist with the infant women and infant health study including training newly married and pregnant women in health care for their children
4. Funding mosquito nets for families throughout the villages
5. Providing first aid boxes and sports materials to schools in hope that physical activity opportunities for children will promote healthy, active lifestyles
ARM provides so many services and resources to the people of Orissa and GlobeMed at University of South Carolina is thrilled to be a partner in their work.
The health care resources and opportunities for personal growth that ARM provides will help the community of Orissa in so many ways. Typically, people are unable to be seen by a doctor due to the distance from their homes to the office, – ARM’s health camps provide them with a doctor and pharmacist who give them proper medical care. In its third year, the child and infant mortality study will increase the overall pre- and postnatal health in the region, with the hope that the success of this work will improve the livelihood of mothers and their children in the long run as well.