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The Coalition for Global Community Health
Transcript of The Coalition for Global Community Health
The Coalition for Global Community Health
Iquitos (pop. 400,000) is the world’s largest city accessible only by air or by river.
Belen lies at the edge of Iquitos, in the floodplain of the Itaya River
65,000 inhabitants, all of them poor, and many of whom live in extreme poverty, without electricity, none with clean water or sanitation.
People there live in overcrowded conditions (90% of homes house 2 or more families; some homes as many as 5)
The river floods 5-6 meters during November-April
Resulting in malaria, dengue fever, water-borne illnesses, respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis
Who We Are
(cc) image by jantik on Flickr
Developing a needs assessment to gather the baseline health statistics of the people of the Loreto region, to determine where relief efforts might best be directed.
The assessment will also focus on developing a cultural understanding of the diverse communities in the region, in order to better understand the challenges we will face.
Working with Purdue Engineers Without Borders to ascertain the most cost effective and efficient designs for water filter.
With the end goal of implementing a sustainable curriculum that will teach representatives from the community how to design, implement, and utilize these water filters.
In the next few weeks will meet with KU EWB in the hopes of developing a design for biological latrines.
Will also meet with KU's Spanish Department in the hopes of recruiting volunteers to conduct our Needs Assessment in Belen, along with the 6 main tributaries of the Amazon.
All progress will be measured empirically.
The effectiveness of each project will be continually improved upon.
With the end goal of presenting to DIRESA in Peru (Regional Health Director)
KU Honors Program
How the Honors Program Will Help
CGCH has designed a summer long study abroad for Honors Students. During which they will;
Shape and implement a public health initiative in Belen.
Construct and distribute water filters.
Develop valuable experience both in health services and global awareness.
Work alongside doctors in hospitals and clinics in Iquitos
Develop Spanish language proficiency and cultural competency.
Develop passionate and empathetic future health care leaders.
Current CGCH Objectives
Founder and Executive Director
Co-Director of Program Development
Purpose of CGCH
Work within the social structures of the communities in the Department of Loreto
Bottom up model of activism
Assist towards the health of the community through volunteer work, capital, and education
Allow the values and traditions of the communities to guide us as we share our knowledge.
Start at the root of the problem
Speak with Community Leaders
Met with Apus and Agentes
Government does not support the pueblos
Sanitation is non existent
Seasonal flooding destroys the food supply
Malaria, diarrhea, dehydration
ZERO access to CLEAN WATER
Meet with Leaders of Belen
Discuss plan of implementation for water filters
Shadow doctors in the afternoon
Implement the water filtration distribution plan discussed
Put in place the best working model.
Sustainable and provides income and potable water to Belen
June and July Plans
What We Ask of YOU
Do GREAT things
What YOU get in return
Keys to Success!
1. 6-10 Students to join us in Iquitos June 1st-July 31st of 2013
2. Fund raise for the cause!
Take part in the creation of a branch of a health oriented 501(c)(3) NGO
Pursue YOUR medical interests with doctors in Iquitos
Receive KU credit hours through the Honors Program
Learn about Global Health
Understand poverty on a better level
Open yourself to the world
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Tree of Life...
In the Amazon
Filling the Gaps
Engineers Without Borders
Team of engineers to institute a latrine curriculum to 10 natives
Engineers leave and the Peruvians continue to the next river village
AND THE NEXT...
Until all 5400 people have access to a latrine on the Manati River
Engineers to institute a water filter curriculum to 10 natives
The Peruvians will continue to build filters for downstream pueblos
Continue until all inhabitants have clean water
A Healthier Amazon
Continue to track the health data via needs assessments
Eventually hoping to see the disease and child mortality rates decrease
Take our data to the government and begin to influence health policy
The Consequences of Bad Water in 2012
485 confirmed and 898 probable cases
9,776 diagnosed cases of Malaria