A project of GlobeMed
GlobeMed at UNC partners with Health Alert - Uganda in Gulu to improve the lives of HIV positive youth throughout northern Uganda.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at UNC
Founded in 2007, GlobeMed at UNC is one of 50 chapters across the nation working to improve the health of the poor. GlobeMed is a student-driven 501(c)3 non-profit global health organization founded in 2006. We work to partner undergraduate students at universities across the country with grassroots health organizations around the world. Led by a national office in Evanston, Illinois, our network of chapters is currently spread across 46 universities and dozens of indigenous grassroots health organizations in South and Southeast Asia, South and Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. GlobeMed students are dedicated and determined to work for real, tangible change. Together, we will become the future leaders in global health.
GlobeMed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded in 2008 and is partnered with an NGO in Uganda called Health Alert Uganda. On campus, our members work to support our partners by fundraising and by broadening of our knowledge of global health issues through discussion and seminars. Over the last four years we have sent thirteen students to Gulu, Uganda on GROW (Grassroots On-Site Work) internships and have raised over $20,000 for Health Alert Uganda. Currently, our chapter is over thirty students strong and has set a goal to raise $10,000 for HAU during this 2011-2012 year.
Our Partner // Health Alert - Uganda in Gulu, Uganda
Health Alert Uganda’s vision is to be the NGO providing leadership in community-based HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support services for children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Health Alert Uganda (HAU) was founded in July of 2004 in the Gulu District of Northern Uganda. They are official registered with the National Non-Governmental Organization Board in Kampala and are non-for-profit. Health Alert-Uganda works to promote the rights and participation of children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS in the community. It links the community to existing health facilities in all Health Centers providing care and treatment to Children Living with HIV/AIDS (CLWHIV) in Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader and Oyam Districts in northern Uganda. Health Alert Uganda is committed to increasing access to quality community-based care and support services for children between the ages of (0-17) infected and affected with HIV/AIDS in Uganda This is achieved through capacity building, community mobilization, advocacy and research. Health Alert Uganda values teamwork, innovation, integrity and strategic partnerships as critical attitudes and behaviors for achieving the mission of the organization.
Our Project // $10,000 for the following four public health programs
Positive Prevention Programming:
Beginning this fall, GlobeMed will be supporting a new positive prevention program that Health Alert is hoping to bring to hundreds of children living with HIV/AIDS. We hope to fund the education of older CLWHA at a local school in trades such as automotive mechanics, catering, and hairdressing so that the children can learn marketable skills and support a healthy lifestyle when they graduate from the program and set out on their own
PMTCT Safe Delivery “Mama Kits”:
In Uganda, as in many developing countries, mothers are expected to bring their own medical supplies if they intend to give birth in a hospital. It is particularly important that HIV positive mothers give birth in hospitals to ensure that their children will have the greatest change possible to be born HIV negative. Health Alert Uganda supplies local HIV positive mothers in Gulu and surrounding districts with safe delivery kits if they cannot afford the materials on their own. Since 2009, GlobeMed at UNC has helped to increase the number of “Mama Kits” that HAU can distribute each quarter. Currently, we supplement HAU’s program with additional Mama-Kits each quarter.
Fueling Community Care for CLWHA:
Because Health Alert Uganda works in the predominately rural and loosely populated regions of North Uganda, they accrue significant fuel costs to reach the children they serve. This year GlobeMed at UNC hopes to help supplement Health Alert’s fuel funding as gas prices continue to climb above average prices in Uganda.
GlobeMed has developed microfinance initiatives for the communities that HAU supports. We have started seed and goat-lending programs to improve the nutrition and provide a potential source of income for Children Living with HIV/AIDS and their caretakers.