Nyamirama Health Center. Renovate a health center, revitalize a community!
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As you may know, I am president of my school chapter of FACE AIDS, an organization that is building the youth movement for social justice and global health equity. At high schools and colleges across the country, FACE AIDS chapters fight HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and raising funds for Partners In Health, a pioneering organization in the field of global health.
This year, FACE AIDS has an ambitious plan: to raise $185,000 to renovate and revitalize Nyamirama Health Center in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. At the University of Texas at Austin, our chapter has pledged to raise $10,000 of this money.
Nyamirama Health Center serves a community of 25,000 people, but a severe lack of resources has left it in critical condition. There are no bathrooms. There is no kitchen. A laboratory doubles as an immunization room. Its single inpatient ward holds only ten beds, which must accommodate men, women, and children alike. The risks for newborns delivered here, amongst contagious patients, are enormous.
But there is hope. FACE AIDS’ Adopt a Health Center campaign will support an overhaul of Nyamirama Health Center, with improvements ranging from the construction of a maternity ward to the hiring of nurses, social workers, data managers, guards, and custodians. Our efforts will help transform Nyamirama Health Center from a woefully inadequate facility into a model for high-quality, community-based health care. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.faceaids.org/adoptahealthcenter.html.
I am committed to revitalizing Nyamirama Health Center. That’s why, this holiday season, I am asking friends and family to join me in supporting FACE AIDS’ Adopt a Health Center campaign. No contribution is too small to make an impact.
To support the campaign, you can donate online at http://www.faceaids.org/chapterdonate.html . There is drop down box that reads, “Please select a school.” Choose the University of Texas at Austin. You can also mail cash, check, or a money order to the address below. Checks can be made out to “FACE AIDS Austin.”
FACE AIDS AUSTIN
1 University Station A6220
Austin, Texas 78712
If you have any questions about FACE AIDS or Nyamirama Health Center, please let me know. I would love to talk more about what this campaign means to me.
Thanks for reading, and happy holidays!
We are a coalition of young people
We are global citizens who see connection between challenges in our own backyards and those around the world
We are interdisciplinary and innovative thinkers who know that we need people of every background and skill set to achieve our goals for social change
We are idealistic enough to believe we can build a more just world but pragmatic enough to know it will only be done through strategic, deliberate, and bold action
We have been shaped by rapid globalization, the increasing exchange of ideas and information, and a growing interconnectedness of people across borders
We acknowledge our place in the longstanding struggle for justice while recognizing our generation’s unique opportunity to serve in the 21st century
As young people, we have a special capacity and responsibility to respond. We will be defined both by what we believe and what we achieve.
In our lifetimes alone, our world has made immense progress. Millions have been lifted out of poverty, diseases have been eradicated, drug prices brought down, and life-saving technologies developed
Yet, at the same time, our world has grown even more unequal. Too many people continue to die of preventable and treatable diseases. Simply put, the current disparities in health outcomes between the world’s rich and poor are unjust and unacceptable
We choose to focus our energy on health because we believe that health is fundamentally about human dignity and the right to survive. Health determines how we live and why we die and is intimately tied to every other indicator of development.
We know that medical science alone is not enough to overcome our world’s health disparities. These challenges remain not for a lack of technical solutions, but because of misuse of power, deeply ingrained inequities, and violations of human rights. It is these root causes of injustice and the systems that perpetuate them that necessitate our collective action
Progress has been possible when people have stood up, spoken out, and demanded that health be seen as a human right. Brave individuals across the globe have worked tirelessly to dispel the insidious myth that the poor cannot be treated- that it is too difficult, too costly. They have proven that we can build systems that alleviate suffering and deliver high-quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest communities with outstanding results.
These flagship models are inspiring. But they are not enough.There are simply too few people fighting these injustices, and too often their efforts are isolated and disjointed. Instead of collaboration, dialogue, and openness, we see ego, divisiveness, and cynicism
Today, in response, we call for young people around the world to come together in solidarity to advance our collective goals for human life and dignity.
Through collaboration, we will be able to more effectively mobilize ad leverage resources, knowledge, skills, and awareness across actors and specific health issues. We will be able to do more that triage crises and smooth inefficiencies. We will be able to transform power and systems to create a more just world.
As young people, we have a crucial role to play in building this globally collaborative community. From securing women’s suffrage to ending apartheid, young people have been among the most powerful voices for social change. We are no different. We join together now to lend our voices to the the movement for global health equity.
In signing this statement, we commit to critically questioning and defining ourselves, our values, and our role in building a more just world. We commit to collaboration, dialogue, and openness. Fundamentally, we commit to stand up for justice, for human dignity, and for health as a human right.
Every day, we have the opportunity to build a world based on this vision. Today, we unite in action!
In Solidarity !
Ever have a dollar in your pocket and wonder what on earth will you buy with 1 dollar? The answer is education for a child who can’t afford it. Donate to FACE AIDS back to school campaign. Anything makes a difference. GOD BLESS ♥