Transitions!

Transitions are in full swing! We all can’t wait to see who the new faces of the UW GlobeMed are!

Transitions are starting early this year in hopes that new Directors can assume their new role with the support of former Directors for guidance. This year, all positions are available for anyone who wants to be a part of GlobeMed’s leadership!

Here is a list of all of the Director’s positions that are available for next year with links to their description + application! Please take the time to look over positions that you might be interested in and contact the current director to set up an informal interview (not necessary but highly recommended). Applications are due via email to UWash@globemed.org by Sunday, April 13th at 5pm

If you are a current director and would like to maintain your position next year no need to fill out another application, just shoot an email letting us know that you will be running again. A review committee of Directors will be formed to read over applications and then those nominated by the committee will be placed on a ballot and the entire chapter will vote on next years directors. If nominated you will also have 3mins to stand in front of the chapter and tell them why you should lead GlobeMed. Also, applying for more than one position is encouraged!! 

 

Director’s Positions

  1. Co-Presidents, Marina/Sammy (marina.fitzpatrick12@gmail.comszeer99@gmail.com) —> APPLICATION 
  2. Director of Finances, Cole Bazemore (cole.bazemore@gmail.com) —> APPLICATION
  3. Director of Community Building, Laurie Tran (ldtran@uw.edu) —> APPLICATION
  4. Director of Communications, Kelly Bolander (kobolander@gmail.com) —> APPLICATION
  5. Campaign Directors, Olivia Lafond/Brittney Sen/Aneka Vo/ (olivia.lafond@gmail.combrittneymsenn@gmail.comanekavo@uw.edu) —> APPLICATION
  6. globalhealthU Directors, Izzy Majcher/Bingjie Wang (izzzzy99@gmail.combingjie@uw.edu) —> APPLICATION
  7. GROW, Katherine Venables (katherinevenables@hotmail.com) —> APPLICATION

The Chapter Member handbook is also available for you to take a look at. 

New Year, New Partnership

When the 2013 GROW Team came back from Cambodia this summer, they brought back lots of Cambodian love and spirit, but also some bad news. Unfortunately, the Women’s Development Association (WDA) was running out of funding from their other partnerships for their projects and capacity had dwindled down to one staff member. As our members worked to help Executive Director, Soreach Sereithida, find ways to secure new funding- GlobeMed’s National Office made it clear to the chapter that our partnership had to come to an end as the funds we made would only contribute to paying Thida’s salary instead of supporting health education projects.

Within the next couple of months, the chapter struggled to move forward with campaigns and events, as we did not know what type of projects we’d be supporting and what we’d have to work on. However, many of our members reached out to Thida in Cambodia and are still working with her in helping secure funding through grants and other partnerships. Though we are no longer partnered with the WDA, the relationship we have with them is still strong, and we wish them the best in the future.

Our new partnership came at the end of January. GlobeMed at University of Washington will now be partnered with the MINDS Foundation in Gujarat, India, working on mental health education and treatment programs. With only 5000 mental health professionals in India (1 in 5 people live with mental illness), the MINDS Foundation works with 1-on-1 with communities and other small grassroots organization to provide education, health, and moral support to people living with mental illness.

486287_386671311406943_965508410_nAs a chapter, we have been given a great opportunity to start again from the beginning in building a new relationship with our new partner. We are still in the process of learning more about our partner and we have been discovering new things every day! Our campaigns and events are now resuming at full speed and we are excited to see what the future will bring!

Check out this NY Times article discussing current issues in Cambodia:

“Land Grabs in Cambodia” 

by MU SOCHUA and CECILIA WIKSTRÖM

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PHNOM PENH — An anti-logging activist is murdered, a teenage girl is shot and killed by police during a forcible eviction, 13 women are sentenced to up to two-and-a-half years in prison simply for holding a protest on land from which they’ve been expropriated. These are recent examples of the all-too-familiar human rights abuses that result from the Cambodian government’s disastrous land policy.

Investment in Cambodia’s agriculture sector is long overdue. But instead of passing reforms that would help the country’s many farmers and villagers better use their land — 80 percent of the total population is rural — the government has signed off almost 11,600 square miles of Cambodia’s arable land to investors, including major Chinese and Vietnamese companies and local firms with ties to the governing Cambodian People’s Party (C.P.P.).

That’s more than two-thirds of all arable land in Cambodia, according to a senior adviser at the human rights group Licadho. What’s more, according to Amnesty International, in 2008 some 150,000 Cambodians were at risk of being evicted, meaning that some 420,000 Cambodians have been affected by evictions since 2003.

One major problem is the widespread grant of so-called Economic Land Concessions (E.L.C.). Under Cambodia’s 2001 Land Law, the government is allowed to make use of all “private state land” and lease up to about 25,000 acres to a company for as many as 99 years. The government has carved out some of the country’s best land one bit at a time, evicting many poor people for the commercial benefit of a few.

The Asian Human Rights Commission has documented, for example, that in 2006 the private police force of Ly Yong Phat, a well-known senator from the C.P.P., with the assistance of police proper, had relocated dozens of families from land he had obtained through an E.L.C. in the southwestern province of Koh Kong to make way for a sugarcane field.

Economic Land Concessions deals are typically handled by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Council for the Development of Cambodia and then approved by the office of the prime minister, with little participation from the affected communities or the local authorities.

Farmers only become aware of the transactions when construction companies come in to remove them, bulldozers and security guards in tow.

There are also environmental consequences. National parks and wildlife sanctuaries are being turned into rubber plantations. The pristine forests of Botum Sakor National Park, in southwest Cambodia, are being destroyed so that a Chinese company can build a gambling and luxury resort. Prey Lang, an extensive evergreen and semi-evergreen forest in northern Cambodia, is under threat of deforestation as luxury wood is being cut down illegally and exported to Vietnam, sometimes with the assistance of Cambodian soldiers.

The poor have few legal recourses against these abuses. The majority of Cambodians today do not possess official title to the land they live on, partly because under the Khmer Rouge regime, between 1975 and 1979, private property was abolished and the country’s land-titling system was destroyed.

The 2001 Land Law does allow people to apply for official documents if they can clearly show that they occupied and used a plot of land for at least five years prior to 2001. But the application is time-consuming and expensive and well beyond the means of many. And without official documents, the poor who reside on desirable land become easy targets for the powerful and well-connected.

One of the only means of resistance is public protest. But that often brings more abuses still. In 2009, the residents around Boeung Kak Lake in central Phnom Penh were forcibly evicted to make way for a vast luxury development operated by a joint venture involving a company owned by a senator.

There was so much bad press about the deal that last year, under pressure from NGOs, the World Bank suspended loans to Cambodia. The government then ordered that about 30 acres of the confiscated land be returned to the 900 families who had refused to accept the inadequate compensation.

But the Cambodian authorities have refused to determine the exact area to be returned, so residents continue to protest, despite arrests and the threat of detention.

Local NGOs, Cambodian legislators and the media all have a part to play in stopping these abuses through advocacy. But as the World Bank’s intervention last year shows, foreign governments and international organizations can also help.

Some members of the Cambodian Parliament (including one of the authors) have called on the U.S. government to temporarily suspend aid to the Cambodian military until a full review of E.L.C. is conducted and compensation is paid to affected communities. (We have been unsuccessful so far.)

We also call on the European Union to suspend some features of its Everything but Arms (E.B.A.) initiative, which grants duty-free access to products from many developing countries, including Cambodia.

Though the E.B.A. program was designed to help poor countries by stimulating their exports, it has had some unintended downsides. In Cambodia, it suddenly revived sugar production, which had been halted since the 1970s, by turning sugarcane into a high-demand crop. As a result, according to the Cambodian NGO Adhoc and others, E.L.C. for sugarcane production have claimed farmland throughout Cambodia, leaving many people landless.

The E.U. should send a high-level delegation to assess land grabs in Cambodia and suspend Cambodia’s benefits under the E.B.A. until a full report is released. It’s time the Cambodian government be held accountable for violating its people’s basic rights.

Mu Sochua is a member of Parliament in Cambodia from the Sam Rainsy Party.Cecilia Wikström, of Sweden, is a member of the European Parliament.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: July 19, 2012

Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the government is permitted to lease up to about 25 acres of private or state land to a company for 99 years. It can lease up to about 25,000 acres.

Only two more weeks of Individual Giving!

If you have yet to donate to GlobeMed UW, there is still time!

For all of you who have donated so far, we just want to thank you for your support.  All of the money we raise goes to support the Women’s Development Association in Cambodia for health education.  We appreciate your help in our pledge to raise $5,000!

Donate at our razoo page now!

Happy holidays and have a wonderful New Year!

GlobeMed at the University of Washington has pledged to raise $5,000!!

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Goal of the campaign: To support WDA’s community health educators with training on health education and sanitation. The curriculum taught by the health workers will disseminate in their communities and train local community members of the surrounding 22 villages as they become mentors and advocates for health and education, while providing these communities with educational materials. This project aims to improve primary health care by promoting behavioral changes as preventative measures such as providing clean water and reducing the spread of common diseases. Additionally, it aims to break the poverty-cycle by providing vulnerable children access to education at a young age and a support system to see them through graduation.

Donate through Razoo here

Thank you for your support!!

Individual Giving

Individual Giving is underway!

This year GlobeMed at the University of Washington has pledged to raise $5,000!! By donating, you support community health educators with training on health education and sanitation in Cambodia through our partner, Women’s Development Association.

For more information and to donate click here.

Happy holidays from all of us at UW GlobeMed!

How American Health Care Killed My Father

By DAVID GOLDHILL

“Money is honey,” my grandmother used to tell me, “but health is wealth.” She said “health,” not “health care.” Listening to debates over health-care reform, it is sometimes difficult to remember that there is a difference.

Medical care, of course, is merely one component of our overall health. Nutrition, exercise, education, emotional security, our natural environment, and public safety may now be more important than care in producing further advances in longevity and quality of life. (In 2005, almost half of all deaths in the U.S. resulted from heart disease, diabetes, lung cancer, homicide, suicide, and accidents—all of which are arguably influenced as much by lifestyle choices and living environment as by health care.)  And of course even health itself is only one aspect of personal fulfillment, alongside family and friends, travel, recreation, the pursuit of knowledge and experience, and more.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/09/how-american-health-care-killed-my-father/307617/?single_page=true