By December 2, 2012, I plan to raise $2,000 to support Health Alert Uganda's programs.
When I left Nepal in Summer of 2009 and began my studies at UNC I was looking for an organization that matched my goals: partnering with local, grassroots organizations, learning about best practices and making sustainable change. I found all of this in GlobeMed at UNC, a recently founded chapter of GlobeMed. GlobeMed is a student-driven non-profit organization based out of Evanston, Illinois. GlobeMed has fifty chapters at universities all over the US and each chapter is partnered with a grassroots health organization. Throughout the year GlobeMed chapters fundraise for their partners, educate their campus and their greater communities about global health and the provocative issues that are coupled with it as well as send up to four grass roots onsite work interns (GROW) to learn and work alongside their partner.
GlobeMed at UNC is partnered with Health Alert- Uganda (HAU). HAU is a not-for-profit organization based out of Gulu, Uganda that serves the greater communities of Northern Uganda. HAU works to promote the rights and participation of children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS in the community. HAU functions as a service communications NGO with a program centered on three main objectives:
1) increase coverage and quality of existing HIV/AIDS services through community outreach programs
2) Introduce complementary health programs on sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS, and maternal child care
3) Strengthen organizational and management framework policies for continuity of the organization's programs and actiivities.
What HAU does everyday spans far beyond what is written on their website. They serve as a resource center for HIV positive mothers as they provide free "Mama Kits" or safe delivery kits for prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), they host community-wide HIV testing events, they educate and train peer counselors to mentor and advise children who are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS, they do outreach in rural communities to ensure individuals are adhering to their medications, and provide scholarships to children with HIV/AIDS to promote positive prevention through education and vocational training. These are just a few things that Health Alert- Uganda does; in essence, they serve as the hub for a large number of individuals who need support because they are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Since August 2009 I have worked with GlobeMed at UNC as a staff member, as Communications Chair, as a Campaigns Coordinator and now as Co-President. As I look back on my three years at Carolina and I know that GlobeMed has been the defining experience of my undergraduate career. It has taught me the power of a movement for global health equity, the sheer amount of energy, talent and cooperation that goes into coordinating events and fundraisers, and the importance of partnership as a model for sustainable change. This year I would like to give back to Health Alert- Uganda for my twenty second birthday.
My goal is $2,000.
For an organization that has meant so much to me, this is so small of a gift, but I know it will have a great impact.
For more information about GlobeMed at UNC: http://globemed.org/impact/unc/
More information about Health Alert Uganda can be found here: http://healthalertuganda.wordpress.com/