GlobeMed at Boston College partners with CORD Siruvani in Tamil Nadu, India to support community health and empowerment.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at Boston College
Founded in 2010, GlobeMed at Boston College is one of 50 GlobeMed chapters working to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. In the first year of partnership, GlobeMed at Boston College works with CORD Siruvani in Tamil Nadu, India. Working together, we hope to empower the women of the community and promote health education while providing access to healthcare.
Our Partner // CORD Siruvani in Tamil Nadu, India
Since 2013, GlobeMed at BC has been partners with CORD (Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development)- Siruvani. CORD works to facilitate integrated, sustainable social help programs in local communities and in the Indian subcontinent through processes of self- empowerment and enrichment. CORD works in early childhood development, family income generation, self-help groups, health and sanitation, youth support groups, social injustice, rehabilitation services, natural resource management, self- governance, and empowering women. When asked why they wanted to work with university students, CORD responded, "Working with students provides us with an opportunity to open the minds and shape the next generation of leaders. Involving university students lead to building of the next generation of adult leaders, decision makers, and supporters who are focused on bringing a positive change to the society. We expect it to be a two-way street with us providing exposure to the students about harsh realities in the developing world and the approaches used to resolve issues." Together and through partnership, GlobeMed at BC and CORD can work to raise awareness and complete projects to improve sanitation in the Siruvani region.
Our Project // $6,000 to work on both a sanitation project and distribute Hepatitis B vaccinations
In 2013 and 2014, CORD Siruvani increased their sanitation efforts. GlobeMed at BC was involved in the administration of latrine construction to families in the community with disabled members. One of the issues in the community which is of high concern is the lack of waste segregation. Without any infrastructure to collect and properly dispose of waste, the community's health is being negatively affected. This year, CORD Siruvani plans to implement a three-bucket waste system. In addition, they continue their strong work in Mahila Mendels and Self Help Groups, promoting hygiene and health education, and in promoting vaccinations for common widespread diseases such as hepatitis B and rubella.
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