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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A Message from your 2014-2015 GlobeMed Co-Presidents!

A Message from your 2014-2015 GlobeMed Co-Presidents!

Community Building, GlobeMed, Uncategorized
Matt Zhou Year: Junior Hometown: Palatine, IL Major: Anthropology Fun Fact: I’ve broken my arm by falling out of my bed while I was asleep Brittany’s Spirit Animal (chosen by Matt): Chipmunk Previous GlobeMed Experience: GROW Coordinator, GHU Co-director Brittany Zelch Year: Junior Hometown: Boca Raton, FL Major: Biology, Global Health minor Fun Fact: I can’t remember the last day I didn’t eat hummus Matt’s Spirit Animal (chosen by Brittany): Sloth Previous GlobeMed Experience: Co- director of Individual Giving A message from Matt and Brittany: We’re really excited to introduce ourselves as the incoming co-presidents for next year! We are looking forward to not only continuing to develop relationships within the chapter, but also to engage the Northwestern/Evanston community through new local partnerships and collaborations. We believe that a closer and more connected community…
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Considering our impact carefully so that good intentions don’t harm

Considering our impact carefully so that good intentions don’t harm

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Ivan Illich, author of "To Hell With Good Intentions," in addition to being an Austrian philosopher, was also a Catholic priest and critic of modern western institutions. By Gordon Younkin Last week in my Introduction to International Public Health class we had a debate regarding the values and pitfalls of clinical tourism and international volunteerism. GlobeMed actually came up several times during the debate as an example of a beneficial international partnership. However, it is very important to take into account the other side of the argument and listen to people who would say we may be doing more harm than good. In 1968, Ivan Illych, an Austrian philosopher, addressed the Conference on InterAmerican Student Projects expressing his opinion that essentially any form of international volunteerism is inherently paternalistic and will do more harm than good.His…
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Let’s talk about periods: Learn about how the GROW Team is planning to tackle menstruation stigma in Namugoga

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[caption id="attachment_850" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Periods interfere with the education of many girls in Uganda. In a study conducted in Uganda, 70% of girls reported that they are negatively affected by menstruation while in school. Girls express shame, fear of stigmatization by fellow pupils, distraction, and confusion due to menstruation. As a result, many girls prefer to stay home instead of going to school; the study conducted in Uganda found that a female pupil will miss 11% of her time in school due to menstrual periods.1 48-59% of girls interviewed in Ghana reported feeling ashamed during their cycle. Photo by Alissa Zhu/Medill[/caption] By Amanda Blazek The GROW team is in the midst of preparing for our trip to Uganda this summer – which feels so far away now, yet will surely sneak…
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Reflection: 2013 GlobeMed Global Health Summit – The Student Momentum

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  [caption id="attachment_804" align="alignleft" width="502"] Leymah Gbowee at the Summit Keynote Speech[/caption]                       This past weekend, over 300 members of the GlobeMed network gathered in Evanston, Illinois, the home of Northwestern University and the GlobeMed National Office, to meet, to connect, to share, to learn, and, most importantly, to answer the question, “Why Students?”  From April 11-13, students from all forty-nine national GlobeMed chapters convened for the 2013 GlobeMed Global Health Summit.  The seventh annual Summit focused on the theme The Student Momentum, examining the unique role students have as global change agents.  I’m not going to give you a play-by-play of this weekend.  I’m not going to list every event title and speaker name and panel discussion topic.  If…
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Windy City Retreat Reflection

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Today in our chapter meeting we had the great opportunity to hold a Skype call with Bruce Karmazin, our local liaison with Adonai, to talk about how excited he is with regards to our new partnership and his past experiences working with Adonai and Aloysious Luswata (the founder of Adonai).  We are very fortunate to have him assisting us as we continue to transition and get to know our partner even better, and we look forward to continuing our work together and having more Skype sessions in the near future!   The GlobeMed summit starts tomorrow and continues through the weekend; check out all the details here.  Best of luck to our delegates, and we strongly encourage anyone who is not going to the summit to attend the keynote speakers,…
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Windy City Retreat, GHU Reflection

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[gallery columns="2" ids="788,789,790,791,792,793" orderby="rand"] GlobeMed at Northwestern had a fantastic time at the first annual Windy City Retreat yesterday, held at Loyola University Chicago's campus!! We played some fantastic ice breaker games, talked about health as a human right, made beautiful collages, and most importantly, made fantastic new friends by networking with other passionate GlobeMed students from University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, and DePaul University.  Here are a few photos from the retreat, and be sure to check out more on Loyola's SmugMug!!   This coming week is always a big one for the entire GlobeMed organization, as the National Office gets set to put on the annual GlobeMed Global Health Summit, held on Northwestern's campus.  The featured speakers include Leymah Gbowee, the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace…
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Reflections: What does GlobeMed mean to me (part III)

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Just a week after learning of the incredible case from of a young baby from Mississippi who was completely cured of HIV, more very promising HIV news, this time featuring French researchers who say there are at least 14 HIV positive adults whose immune systems are apparently keeping the virus at bay without the help of antiretroviral drugs. Additionally, an interesting piece on the globally growing middle class and it's role in health equity around the world.   And finally, yet another beautiful reflection on GlobeMed from senior and current Internal Co-President Emily Bauersfeld:   "When I joined GlobeMed at Northwestern my sophomore year of college, I had no idea what to expect. I knew that GlobeMed was a social justice organization, interested in helping create global health equity, but…
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