The Global Gala is a community event held in Kelowna, BC. This event is hosted by a group of University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) nursing students who are passionate about global health. The aim of the Global Gala is 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.
The funds raised go towards health initiatives, supporting outreach clinics, and purchasing medical equipment in Ghana and Zambia. We always discuss the needs and priorities of the community with the people who are living and working there and use our funds accordingly. Some past initiatives have included: health promotion teaching in the community, health screening in villages, education on malnutrition, maternal and child health programs, teaching at nursing schools in Africa, CPR training, a hypertension research study, direct patient care in a hospital setting, and medical supplies.
NOTE: All funds raised go directly to health initiatives in Ghana and Zambia. 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 to Ghana or Zambia, or any administrative costs.
Examples of items the communities may need and their cost:
-Pediatric blood pressure cuff $40
-Window screen $75
-Goat $90 including immunizations
-Donkey $320 including immunizations
-Cart (for the animals) $300
-Generator to help with frequent power outages in some communities in Ghana
-Bed linens for Pediatric ward
-Mom and Baby Packages
-Finishing projects previously started in Zambia/Ghana
-Accommodation so there can be 24-hour nursing staff in that community
The 2019 UBCO Global Gala is taking place on Nov. 15th, 2019.
If you would like an update on what we spend our funds on while we are on our practicum, send us an email and we will put you on our update list! email@example.com
Check out our website at www.globalgala.net