World AIDS day events at Middlebury

Middlebury College’s chapter of GlobeMed is the on campus group devoted to issues of global health.  According to its blog, the Middlebury chapter of GlobeMed is one of 32 chapters devoted to “improv[ing] the health of people living around the world.”

This year, GlobeMed began its partnership with Gardens for Health International, which is focused on addressing nutritional needs of the Rwandan people.    The organization believes that promoting nutrition through sustainable agriculture will improve the health and socioeconomic status of individuals living with HIV in Rwanda.

One of GlobeMed’s goals is to promote awareness of global health issues.  To promote awareness of the AIDS epidemic, GlobeMed and the Chellis house are sponsoring a series of events to increase awareness of the epidemic on campus.

Tonight at 7 pm in Hillcrest 103, GlobeMed will be screening “A Closer Walk” to kick off this week’s series of events in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1.  The film offers a broad perspective of the impact of AIDS on its victims as well as caretakers.  It also examines the connections between the disease and human rights.

On Thursday, the Chellis House and GlobeMed are sponsoring a lunchtime lecture by Professor Erick Gong on “The Economics of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic.”   Later in the evening there is a screening of the film “We Were Here” examining the impact of AIDS in San Francisco.

GlobeMed will be passing out ribbons at Proctor and Ross on Thursday and is encouraging students to wear red to support the fight against AIDS.