Our Partners

Heart and Sole Africa

GlobeMed at Amherst is currently partnered with Heart and Sole Africa which is based in Ruhengeri, Rwanda. This organization focuses on combating the condition podoconiosis, more commonly known as elephantitis in its later stages. It is caused by high concentrations of silica soil of the Virunga Volcanic Mountain region. Heart and Sole Africa was founded in 2009 as a free clinic to treat these patients and educate people about the disease.

Today, Heart and Sole Africa focuses on disease treatment, education and prevention, and income generation for people affected by podoconiosis to generally improve their health and reduce the stigma surrounding this disease. Heart and Sole Africa currently has two major clinics in Rwanda and Uganda which also holds local educational programs. They have also developed a project for sewing machine distribution for podoconiosis patients to help them generate income.

Heart and Sole Africa has worthy goals that align well with our mission. We are excited to see what GlobeMed and Heart and Sole Africa can accomplish together. Here's to a successful partnership! You can find more information about our partner on their website created by Katie Savage, our Director of Partnerships!

Pastoral de la Salud

From 2010-2016, GlobeMed at Amherst was partnered with Pastoral de la Salud, a community health organization in El Salvador dedicated to community empowerment and improving health care access. Pastoral de la Salud belongs to the social ministry of the Catholic Church. Though part of the Catholic Church, Pastoral does not limit the care and resources to the communities it serves based on this religious affiliation. Pastoral de la Salud works in three regions of El Salvador, but our chapter only partners with the coordinator and community health workers of one of these regions: Cuscatl├ín.
Pastoral de la Salud began in 1984 in order to deliver health care to victims of the raging Civil War (1981-1992). Soon, however, Pastoral realized that people not affected by the war also needed better health care. Thus, Pastoral expanded its coverage.
Pastoral de la Salud focuses on health education, disease prevention, health care as a human right and natural medicine. To address these issues and to improve health care access, Pastoral relies on the dedicated work of community health workers - locals trained to promote the health of their own towns. Their responsibilities often include holding educational sessions, visiting community members and delivering medication. 
 Our chapter worked with this grassroots organization to develop and fund specific projects for the Cuscatl├ín region. Together, we tackled child nutrition, food security, and trained community health workers. For more information, look under the page, "Past Projects."
Throughout our partnership, we formed close relationships with the women at Pastoral de la Salud, and we are thankful for all we learned from them. We continue to support their mission although they are no longer our partners. 

 Pastoral staff and GROW Team

Community health workers making arthritis cream