Utah Valley Global Health Group

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Utah NGO Round-Up

Posted by ryanlindsay on July 8, 2008

Healing Hands for Haiti

The Healing Hands for Haiti International Foundation is based in Salt Lake City, but has expedition teams from all across North America. They are involved with medical procedures, education, prosthetics, and distribution of medical supplies. Here are some supplies they are always in need of.

Local teams from Salt Lake and Utah Valley are constantly performing expeditions. Many medical staff from the area have volunteered time to travel to Haiti. Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, orthotists, and prosthetists should consider traveling to Haiti. They also welcome translators and other volunteers with benificial skills. For interest in helping a Utah-based team, contact Lisa @ lisa.bagley@hhh.ination.com. To see where other teams originate from check their website.

This organization impresses me in that it incorporates research into their service and publishes findings in peer-reviewed journals. More of this is needed in the NGO world. Another great attribute is their expansion to include public health ventures (of course, I’m an MPH candidate) where health education initiatives have reached thousands.

AfrikSoul International

AfrikSoul International was founded in 2004 by refugees to help fellow refugees from Africa living in Salt Lake City. Since then it has reached out to serve refugees from all over the world and underprivileged communities in Africa as well.

AfrikSoul International’s mission is to empower individuals and communities to overcome obstacles in regards to displacement, poverty, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and gender discrimination. They aim to provide assistance here in Utah (United States) and in Africa to refugees, immigrants, internally displaced people, victims of torture, distressed women and children, elderly or the seniors and those suffering from economical hardship to become self-reliant and help bring back their dignity and respect.

Empower Playgrounds

Recently Empower Playgrounds has been in the local news for developing playground solutions that generate electricity to power the school. This is an innovative approach, indirectly health related, is far-reaching into the community. Empower Playgrounds teamed up with students and professors from BYU to help out with their projects. They gathered materials (like used auto parts) from local markets in Ghana, and instructed natives in how to assemble merry-go-rounds in efforts to make their idea sustainable.

Ascend: A Humanitarian Alliance

Ascend claims that what sets them apart from other aid organizations is their ability to educate. They have health, education, business and other initiatives currently operating in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and Ecuador. There are upcoming expeditions planned in Peru and Bolivia. There are many ways you can assist Ascend.

Agel Cares Foundation

Agel Cares is the foundation formed from the Agel company. In March 2008 it donated money to Rising Star Outreach as well as other NGOs. It welcomes applications for grant money.

If you are from an NGO and you would like something specific advertised, you can email me at unacceptableglobalhealth@gmail.com and I’ll post to this blog.

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