GlobalMed at Columbia University partners with Gulu Women's Economic Development and Golablization to promote HIV awarness and gender equity in Gulu, Uganda
GWED-G is a nonprofit non-governmental organization founded in 2004 to empower women and youth to create sustainable change. GWED-G helps women gain access to education, skills training, and a powerful local network. This grassroots organization was started in response to a war-torn Uganda, and now focuses on health, women’s rights, psychosocial support, economic empowerment, and human rights advocacy and research. GlobeMed at Columbia’s project with GWED-G aims to increase awareness for HIV/AIDS and provide much needed testing services in local areas. The chapter also supports 20-30 HIV positive women of child-bearing age by providing counseling, education, and testing around the issues of mother-child HIV transmission, healthy pregnancies, and maternal nutrition. Since 2008, GlobeMed at Columbia has raised over $43,800 for GWED-G’s projects.
Founded by students in 2007, the GlobeMed network engages over 1,500 undergraduates at 50 university-based chapters throughout the U.S. Each chapter is partnered one-to-one with a grassroots health organization in one of 19 countries throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. Fundraising and on-site efforts at each chapter contribute to one or more of six key areas of impact: Maternal Health, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Nutrition, Income Generation, Communicable Disease Prevention, and Capacity Building. Through their involvement today, our students and partners commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice.
Throughout the year, GlobeMed chapters strengthen long-term partnerships through frequent communication, fundraise through innovative initiatives for health projects that help partner organizations achieve their mission, educate students about global health issues through a signature curriculum, and intern on-site with partner organizations.