Top: Laura, Rachelle, Sean. Bottom: Taleah, Amanda
For 11 years, nursing students from the University of British Columbia Okanagan have organized the Global Gala fundraising event. This is student-led initiative with the aim to build community capacity in global health initiatives, increase awareness of the impact nurses have both locally and internationally, and to raise funds for health care initiatives and medical supplies in Ghana and Zambia. For fifteen years, nursing students who are passionate about global health have had the opportunity to participate in a practicum in Ghana and over the last eight years, Zambia. Instructors at UBCO have developed strong relationships with local communities in these areas and work collaboratively with them to determine what healthcare support is needed. Students get the opportunity to immerse themselves in these diverse cultures, address health disparities, and influence change.
All funds raised at this event go directly towards local health initiatives in Ghana and Zambia. The needs and priorities of the community are always discussed with the people who are living and working there. The funds raised at this event are then used accordingly. Students are required to pay their own way and accommodation in Africa. None of the proceeds go towards students or teachers going on the trip or any administrative costs.
2019 Global Gala Organizers
Some past health initiatives have included: health promotion teaching, education on malnutrition, maternal and child health programs, CPR training, building a patio at the clinic in Chanshegu as it was a requirement from Ghana Health Services before the clinic was commissioned by them, direct patient care in hospital settings, and purchasing medication and supplies for health screening clinics in rural/remote villages.
This year, we aim to repair and update the pediatric treatment room at the Lewanika General Hospital in Zambia. The local Zambia tradespeople will work with a contractor/carpenter volunteer from Kelowna to complete this project. We anticipate a needed budget of about $7,000.00. This will include: