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GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world.
Everyone plays a critical role in achieving global health equity! Students involved with GlobeMed:
- Lead Campaigns on campus to generate funds and resources for collaborative projects with our partner organization.
- Organize and participate in globalhealthU, a student-designed educational curriculum, through which we learn about global health issues and how we can incorporate sustainable solutions into our project efforts.
- Participate in the Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) internship in the summer, traveling to our partner organization to work on projects and learn from local leaders.
Name: AMOS Salud y Esperanza (A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope)
Location: Based in Managua, AMOS serves the rural areas of Boaco, Chinandega, Matagalpa, and the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua (La RAAS)...
Key Fact: Over 50% of Nicaragua’s rural areas lack access to health care and essential medicines.
Partner Overview: The lack of access to health care causes problems not only in cases of medical emergency but also contributes to the high incidence of preventable disease. Established in 2006, AMOS is a non-profit, grassroots, organization dedicated to improving the health of poor and marginalized rural populations. They use the strategy of community based primary health care to increase health care coverage in areas with limited services. AMOS trains lay health workers in rural communities to manage and run their own community clinic, prevent and treat the most common illnesses, and work in community development to address the root causes of poor health such as access to safe water and sanitation. To ensure coverage of each community’s entire population, AMOS works with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health to develop a primary health care system that combines traditional clinical services with community-based health promotion and disease prevention.
Project Overview: For the last year, GlobeMed at Rhodes has partnered with AMOS to implement home water filtration systems in rural communities. Access to clean drinking water is a critical health issue in rural areas, and AMOS has made this a priority in their strategy for improving health outcomes. AMOS and GlobeMed have worked together to install BioSand filters in eight communities and this year we have begun the process of following up on the filter project. So far we have seen successful results in terms of a decrease in E. Coli counts in drinking water, reduction of diarrheal disease, and a near 100% user retention rate. GlobeMed at Rhodes will continue to focus on this project in the coming year.
Impact: Through its Rural Health Care Program, AMOS has helped 20 communities (12,000 people) achieve access to effective and empowering health care. You can be a part of this impact!
Check out the AMOS website here: www.amoshealth.org