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Guinea Worm Eradication in Nigeria, A Lesson To Learn From

Guinea Worm Eradication in Nigeria, A Lesson To Learn From

Global Health, Policy, Uncategorized
By Gordon Younkin You may have seen in the news a little over a year ago that the WHO declared Nigeria free of guinea-worm disease. While this may be considered old news, it is still worth examining the campaign that successfully stopped its transmission. Guinea-worm disease, also known as dracunculiasis, infects people via contaminated waterways, especially in slow-moving streams or stagnant pools. After entering the human body, it stays matures in its host without causing any symptoms for about a year before painfully emerging from the skin of the infected individual. It then releases thousands of larvae, and its life-cycle repeats. There is no vaccine or treatment for the disease—it is most effectively stopped through preventative measures such as water purification and behavioral change. In 1988, the Nigeria Guinea Worm…
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Co-Founder Reflects on GlobeMed Beginnings

Co-Founder Reflects on GlobeMed Beginnings

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By Alissa Zhu With more than 50 chapters spread across colleges and universities across North America, it’s hard to imagine less than a decade ago, GlobeMed was only an idea in Victor Roy’s head. GlobeMed co-founder Victor Roy Skyped in from the United Kingdom Sunday afternoon to converse with about 20 students. He spoke about the origins of GlobeMed and hosted a lively discussion on the future of global health engagement programs. When Victor was an undergraduate student at Northwestern in 2004, the global health program was still in its infancy. He and co-founder Peter Luckow were frustrated with the lack of options to make lasting and tangible change in impoverished communities around the world. They realized donating money and medical supplies wasn’t enough, and that a partnership was the…
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Learning from the Girls of Uganda

Learning from the Girls of Uganda

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By Amanda Blazek This past summer Neha, Rafa, and I comprised our GROW team. Every summer, the GROW team travels to the site of GlobeMed’s partner organization – the Adonai Child Development Centre in Namugoga, Uganda – to assess the status of previous fundraising initiatives, get to know the staff members at Adonai and the surrounding community, and carry out a research project. As three girls that went on the trip, we were interested in conducting a research project that related to assessing the wellbeing of girls. In Namugoga, as in much of Uganda and Sub Saharan Africa, there exists a large gender discrepancy in the education system, as boys attend and complete school at much higher rates than girls. We wanted to carry out a research project to examine…
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Putting Emotion Front and Center Once Again

Global Health, Public Health, Social Justice, Uncategorized
By Nicholas Wang We are inching closer to Article 25’s Day of Action on October 25. If all goes according to plan, it will be a monumental day for this brand new organization, which was founded within the past year by university students who had a simple idea for a grassroots global health advocacy organization. From that idea came the long, grueling process of formulating a tangible vision and plan for what this organization would look like and could accomplish. Long meetings both in person and over Google Hangout, hours upon hours of research and organization, aggressive network-building, and coordinated social media blitzes have all led up to a single day: October 25. There are events planned all over the world in more than 40 different countries with thousands of…
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Health Briefing: Uganda

Health Briefing: Uganda

Global Health
By Michael Zingman Key Statistics and Health Indicators: Sources: WHO Uganda Statistics Summary, UNICEF Uganda Statistics, and MIT Global Health Uganda Country Briefing - Health Total Population - ~36,346,000 Median Age - 15.7 years Population Living in Urban Areas - 16% (Global average - 53%) Healthy Life Expectancy at Birth - 49 years (Global average - 62 years) Probability of Dying Between 15-60 Years (per 1000 people) - 389 male, 360 female Population Over 60 - 3.7% Per Capita Government Expenditure on Health (US $) - 10.4 Per Capita Total Expenditure on Health (US $) - 43.6 Total Expenditure on Health (% of GDP) - 8% Prevalence of HIV (Adults 15-49) - 7.2% Maternal Mortality (per 100,000 live births) - 435 (worst in Africa) Degree of Infectious Diseases Risk: Very High…
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Member Spotlight: Tiana Hickey

Member Spotlight: Tiana Hickey

Community Building, GlobeMed
By Gordon Younkin Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Cognitive Science Minor: Global Health Studies Siblings: Two sisters, who are 12 and 19, and one brother, who is 11. Favorite food: “PIZZA! I love pizza so much it’s only a tad bit ridiculous.” Favorite place she’s ever been: Anchorage, AK Involvement on campus: Tiana is on ASG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, works in a children’s thinking lab, and teaches swim lessons at SPAC. Ideal Saturday: “My ideal Saturday would be completely spontaneous. Nothing would be planned, no alarms would be set, homework would not exist, and I would do whatever came to mind.” When she grows up: “I don't have a specific career/profession in mind, but if I had to choose, I'd want to get involved with crisis management. Hopefully that would let me…
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“Helping Students Who Give”

“Helping Students Who Give”

Community Building, Fundraisers, GlobeMed
By Amanda Blazek NSH Impact Week here at Northwestern kicked off Sunday night, with the seven opposing teams joining for a dinner of Indian food and team rallying before the week of rivalry ahead. GlobeMed had a strong turnout and (I would say) the loudest cheering section. Impact Week stretches from May 4th to May 10th and is hosted by Northwestern Student Holdings – an entrepreneurial student group that launches and finances on-campus businesses. For NSH Impact week, each NSH business has been paired with an on-campus philanthropy to raise money and awareness for each club and cause. GlobeMed has six strong competitors this week including Peer Health Exchange, Best Buddies, Tufaan, NCDC, Applause for a Cause and Mimo. Each team made a video representing their organization and the work it does. As with…
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Vaccines, Herd Immunity, and Disease Re-Emergence – What’s the Deal?

Vaccines, Herd Immunity, and Disease Re-Emergence – What’s the Deal?

Domestic, Global Health, GlobeMed, International, Policy, Public Health
By Michael Zingman We hear about immunizations in the news. We are encouraged to get vaccinated. We hear friends and family talking about how they just “never got vaccinated” for something. We then hear about outbreaks and re-emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases. So what is causing this re-emergence exactly? Vaccines are one of the most crucial global health resources and are significant tools that can be utilized to protect large populations in both developed and developing nations from disease. Many diseases are vaccine-preventable, meaning if hypothetically everyone were to be vaccinated, the disease would become eradicated. One of such eradicable diseases is measles. Measles was once “eliminated” from the United States; however, recently, there has been extensive media coverage over a measles outbreak within the country. Measles was eliminated but not eradicated because of a slight minority of people…
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Adonai Teacher Spotlight: Lukwago Gideon

Adonai Teacher Spotlight: Lukwago Gideon

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Gideon is a teacher at Adonai. He is the assistant head of the childcare department. Gideon welcomed the 2013 GROW Team to the Adonai center on their second day in Uganda by leading student skits, dances, and other musical performances. He served as the GROW Team's primary translator when they conducted health surveys around Namugoga. Age: 25 Teaches: Math and Science Favorite sport: Volleyball Dreams of: Coming to the US to become a teacher. Other: Loves watching Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.
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Finding inspiration at the 2014 GlobeMed Global Health Summit

Finding inspiration at the 2014 GlobeMed Global Health Summit

Community Building, GlobeMed, Uncategorized
By Matthew Zhou From the sandy beaches of California to the metropolitan areas of Washington D.C, GlobeMed chapter members flooded into Evanston from across the nation for the GlobeMed 2014 Summit. Co-presidents, chapter members, speakers and panelists of all different walks of life gathered during this dreary forty-degree Evanston weekend for the purpose of sharing their experiences and ideals and reaffirming their commitment towards achieving global health equity through partnership and collaboration. In seven years, GlobeMed has achieved rapid expansion to 55 chapters, 2000 college students, 1.4 million dollars raised, and over 200 projects in water sanitation, disease prevention, nutrition programs, and a vast diversity of other issues. As a student summit delegate, it was a lot to take in. My GlobeMed summit experience was a powerfully inspiring experience, a…
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