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BYU Student in Jamkhed

Posted by chads on July 1, 2010

Bryce Johnson, a BYU premed student is spending this month learning about community-based primary health care in Jamkhed, India, from a highly successful (almost legendary) health program in rural, impoverished India. Read his entertaining and informative blog here.

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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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Utah NGO Round-Up

Posted by ryanlindsay on June 5, 2008

All of the following Utah-based NGOs are involved in orphan care. They all seem to follow a pattern beginning with the building of orphanages, and then expanding their efforts beyond orphanage construction to include education, health and other initiatives. Some of these organizations have partnered with each other, I’m sure they could all learn from each other through some collaboration on this site!

Kaiizen

Kaiizen was started by some BYU students who saw a need and took action. The Kaiizen Foundation took something mainstream, such as an apparel company, and put a humanitarian twist on it. Kaiizen exists to raise money for orphanages all around the world. It is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that raises money through the sales of their apparel and through various benefit concerts, parties, and surf/skate competitions. I’m impressed by how they are able to rally the youth to get involved in global problems.

They currently have projects in Baja, Mexico and Maceio, Brazil. There are at least three more trips planned to the Baja this year. June 26-29, October 16-19, December 4-7.

Visit the Kaiizen website and become a member for only $30. Your donation will help improve the lives of orphaned youth around the world, and you will get a great looking Kaiizen t-shirt and sticker.

A Child’s Hope Foundation

A Child’s Hope Foundation provides orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries a healthy, caring environment while seeking a loving family for them. Based in Provo, Utah the foundation currently works in Haiti, Mexico, Peru, China, South Korea, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.

Volunteers can help with work trips (which are short term typically 1-2weeks). Opportunites to serve longer as caregivers in orphanages is an option. Their next volunteer work trip will be to Mexico to help build orphanages and will take place August 25-29 (they especially need individuals w/masonry skills). They often keep interested individuals posted through newsletters.

One Heart Bulgaria

One Heart Bulgaria is based in Providence, Utah. All of its programs support orphans in Bulgaria. This happens through sponsorships of individual orphanages; completion of special projects for the orphanages; providing specialized medical care; implementing life skills training programs for the teenage orphans; and training orphanage staff, to properly care for the orphans.

One Heart Bulgaria has a recent newsletter highlighting their activities. There are many different ways to donate. This organization has a seemingly well established internship program for volunteers to help in an orphanage for 4+ weeks.

The Afghanistan Orphanage Project

The Afghanistan Orphanage Project (TAO Project) initiated from a group of Utahns in the 211th Aviation Battalion who were stationed in Afghanistan. The project is dedicated to providing orphaned and homeless children shelter, food, clothing, health services, education, and love. They have a huge orphanage in the works that will house 1,000 children. Another focus of the TAO project is to bring Afghanistan children to the United States for life-saving surgeries.

Recently they went to film a documentary on the building efforts. The villagers agreed to donate their labor each Friday, the Islamic holy day, to the building of the orphanage. The director, Shah Karimi is a native and will run the orphanage. This organization seems to be making good steps into making the development sustainable.

The Blueberry Foundation

The Blueberry Foundation – was created in 1994 and is based out of Salem, UT. They work in constructing, refurbishing and maintaining orphanages as well. They advertise the need for help with July 2008 projects to Ukraine and Philippines.

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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Global Voices Public Health Editor

Posted by chads on May 22, 2008

I was forwarded this opportunity:

Global Voices is seeking to hire a Public Health Editor.

THE JOB: The Public Health Editor will be responsible for writing weekly articles which cover the latest discussions and topics related to public health and human rights in the developing world from citizen media like blogs, podcasts, and video-blogs. S/he will work closely with the rest of the Global Voices editorial staff(managing, regional and language editors), and will also be expected to attend regular online editorial meetings.

As GV is a virtual organization, the Public Health Editor will not be expected to relocate. Regular access to high-speed internet connectivity will, however, be a key factor in being able to carry out this job.

The position involves:

  • Surveying the current citizen media space to find blogs, podcasts, and vlogs focused on public health issues in the developing world.
  • Introducing Global Voices readers to how health activists are using citizen media to spread awareness about public health issues.
  • Interviewing and introducing the grantees of Rising Voices’ latest health-focused grant competition.
  • Liaising between public health bloggers and journalists looking for stories to report on.

This is a part-time position with modest compensation, for somebody who is passionate about helping to amplify the voices of health activists concerned with human rights from the developing world. It is also a great opportunity to become involved with a global community of bloggers who are working on the cutting edge of citizens’ media.

THE REQUIREMENTS: Our ideal candidate has an international outlook and solid experience both in citizen media and public health. Solid English-language writing editing skills are a must, and a strong familiarity with the current tools, web sites and trends in citizen media worldwide is important. Familiarity with the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia is particularly desirable. S/he has the ability to work independently and responsibly with only remote supervision.

Ideally, s/he will have the ability to read and write well in at least one language other than English and have a working knowledge of other languages. Preference will be given to candidates from outside the United States and Western Europe.

To apply, please send your CV and a letter of interest to outreach@globalvoicesonline.org. The application deadline is Saturday May 24, 2007.

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