What is GlobeMed?
GlobeMed is a university-based nonprofit organization that enables students and grassroots organizations around the world to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty. Founded by students in 2007, the GlobeMed network engages more than 1,500 undergraduates at 50 university-based chapters throughout the nation in improving global health through a focus on solidarity with those in need. Each of these 50 chapters is partnered with a grassroots organization in one of 21 countries throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. These enduring, sustainable partnerships are at the heart of GlobeMed's model of engaging students to make a lasting impact in the health of underserved communities. Fundraising and on-site efforts at each chapter contribute to one or more six key areas of impact: Maternal Heath, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Income Generation, Communicable Disease Prevention, and Capacity Building. Together, the chapter and partner organization work to collaborate on specific projects, organize a global health curriculum on campus, and coordinate summer internships to work on-site with our partners for 4 to 6 weeks each year.
GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world.
We envision a world in which health--the ability to not only survive but to thrive--is possible for all people, regardless of where they call home.
GlobeMEd at the University of Texas at Austin
Founded in 2010, GlobeMed at the University of Texas at Austin is one of 50 chapters that comprise the GlobeMed network. We are partnered with Wuqu' Kawoq in Guatemala, a non-governmental organization that shared our vision of health as a human right. Our chapter is made up of 50 active undergraduate students working in solidarity with Wuqu' Kawoq to implement long-term initiatives to better the health and quality of life for Maya communities in Guatemala. We are a diverse group of students, studying everything from business to public health, but we are united in our vision that health is a human right, regardless of where you live or your socioeconomic status.
Throughout the year, we:
- Host educational events on campus
- Raise funds for our projects with Wuqu' Kawoq
- Work on-site in Guatemala for about one month each summer
- Learn to think critically about global health
- Train passionate leaders committed to global health equity
Health is a basic human right, yet people living in poverty continue to die of preventable and treatable diseases. Health determines how we live and how we thrive. By focusing on the foundation of health, like clean water, nutritious food, and medical care, we can save and empower thousands of lives. Imagine a world in which everyone has the chance not only to survive but to thrive. What could we accomplish? We have the power to make this vision a reality. It all starts with health, one life, family, and community at a time.
Passion. Energy. Ambition. Creativity. Technology. University resources. Now, more than ever, students have the ability and responsibility to build a better world. Their voice, vision, and talent can change the status quo. By working in partnership with communities, students learn to view global challenges through a human lens. Through their involvement today, students develop the skills and commitment to become tomorrow's leaders for global health equity and social justice.
The approach is simple, but the problem is not. To give everyone a chance to live a healthy life, we must transform the social, political, and economic systems that allow poverty and illness to persist. To create systems-level change, we need people from every field, generation, and corner of the world to join forces. Taking inspiration from the great movements of the past, we are working to unite all those who believe that health is a human right.
For GlobeMed's UT Austin Chapter Annual Report click here