Watch Guyana Water Project Video Here

The impressive work done by Gloves Go Global, in partnership with Mountain Safety Research (MSR) to implement the SE200 Community Chlorine Maker in rural communities around the globe. Our first mission: Mabaruma, Guyana.

Water is a fundamental human need; by providing clean drinking water we are preventing innumerable deaths and illnesses. Thank you, to all those who support our efforts.

Ladue News Features Gloves Go Global

Amidst our return from the Guyana clean water mission, Gloves Go Global was recognized in the Ladue News. Photos feature Hannah Akre, Executive Director with Jud Wickwire, Vice President of Adventist World Aviation, a crucial partner in providing clean water to Mabaruma, Guyana. Ethan Klausmeyer, MMS, Director of Development, is photographed in Panama after serving a community of Ngäbe people. Click on the photos to read to learn more about our humble beginnings and aspirations to keep doing more for preventative health care.

Partnerships Make This Possible

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Jud Wickwire, Vice President of Operations for Adventist World Aviation, and Hannah Akre, Director of Gloves Go Global, meet in person to solidify partnership.

 

We are extremely grateful to be partnering with Adventist World Aviation (AWA) to bring the MSR technology to communities in Nicaragua and Guyana. Jud and the AWA team have established connections in Nicaragua and Guyana. Working with them will ensure sustainable and responsible implementation of the devices. One might not at first think of the many components associated with ensuring these devices are implemented sustainably. For example, villagers could run out of salt or battery power – unable to buy more – they would cease to produce clean water. We are incredibly fortunate to have AWA staff on the ground with the ability to replenish these resources and continually dole out safe water to community members. Working with AWA will also allow us to communicate about the efficacy of the devices and troubleshoot any unforeseen problems. 

Our brainstorming conversation also brought up the potential for these devices to be used for disaster scenarios during drought, when people source their water from the river, rather than rain catchment. The clean water produced on the AWA bases will also ensure that the folks headed out on medical missions will have access to safe drinking water.

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We are excited about the potentially profound impact this partnership can have on increasing the quality of life for those in La Tronquera, Nicaragua and Mabaruma, Guyana and reducing the use of medical resources by preventing illnesses associated with drinking unsafe water. 

New Partnership Expands Mission Impact

Happy Holidays!

We bring you glad tidings this holiday season. What a year it has been! From weddings and graduations, to pregnancies and promotions - beautiful moments unfurling and blooming before our very eyes. Appreciation is most assuredly the message of the moment, and we write you today to share BIG news near and dear to our hearts; an expansive new partnership birthed from our enthusiasm for global medicine and preventative healthcare.

 

A little background regarding our big anouncement:

  In the summer of 2017 Ethan Klausmeyer embarked on a Master of Medical Science at the University of Vermont.  It was here that he formed meaningful friendship with Hannah Akre, director and co-founder of Gloves Go Global, who inspired him through her own initiatives and experience, to volunteer as a medical assistant in Panama with Floating Doctors, an existing partner of Gloves Go Global.

Hannah passionately explained, ‘This was the trip that sealed the deal, this was the journey where I came to see what it means to be a true health care professional and holistically elevate the well-being of others.’ Her enthusiasm was contagious. Ethan had to see it for himself. Upon graduating in 2018, he boarded a plane and embarked on a life changing adventure, providing medical care to rural underserved populations of Bocas del Toro, Panama. 

Floating Doctors travels by boat, taxi, horseback and foot to reach communities in need.

Floating Doctors travels by boat, taxi, horseback and foot to reach communities in need.

 Ethan worked alongside a team of international doctors setting up mobile clinics for remote indigenous communities that otherwise have extremely limited access to healthcare. Together they traveled by truck, boat, horseback, or on foot. While on clinic he gathered vitals, dosed medicine, documented patients’ histories to present cases to physicians, first assisted in emergency hernia surgeries, and was even able to present at the weekly case rounds on Perthe’s Disease, a very rare condition that affects ages 3-11 causing osteonecrosis of the developing femoral head. This was a game changer experience, and visceral assurance for Ethan, that he too, was on the right track. After a few weeks in, however, Ethan began to notice an issue, and decided to investigate.

 ‘I grew deeply concerned with the availability of clean drinking water within the rural communities I visited. Albedazole, taken to eradicate intestinal worms, was by far the most common medicine administered. Both adults and children consistently presented with symptoms of parasitic infection, a strong indicator that the local drinking water was contaminated,’ explained Ethan. Within such tropical climates, diarrhea brought on by worms or parasites can put one at extreme risk of dehydration, and even death. To make matters worse, alternative methods of obtaining water not only presented financial concerns for families, but also additional health risks. ‘Upon investigation I found the community stores sold bottled water for a dollar, while soda was only fifty cents. In an attempt to hydrate oneself, save money, and circumvent the issues of contamination, villagers would opt to drink soda. This compounded the crisis with the addition of widespread cavities and dental decay. There is no reason why a seven-year-old child should need to have her entire set of teeth pulled due to decay.’ 

Ethan Klausmeyer alongside Floating Doctors founder and CEO Dr. Benjamin LaBrot

Ethan Klausmeyer alongside Floating Doctors founder and CEO Dr. Benjamin LaBrot

When Ethan returned to the US he made a pitch to Hannah that they should expand her nonprofit to carry out their mission through additional modes of preventative health care, beginning with water purification.  ‘I told her how my time in Panama had inspired me to take action in researching an effective treatment for water purification.  As preventative care is a philosophy we both share, we decided to join forces. Handing out medicine to eliminate symptoms that are preventable is not practicing effective healthcare, both from a resource standpoint, as well as ethical.  It merely puts a band-aid on the issue.  Our efforts must be concentrated at eliminating problems at the source.’

Hannah agreed, ‘after six years of successfully carrying out our mission in the form of supplying under-stocked clinics with examination gloves, it was time to expand.’ Together Hannah and Ethan started searching for a product that was economically feasible, portable, easy to operate and sustainable. Through their search they discovered the MSR (Mountain Safety Research) Global Health Initiative. ‘We grew up knowing MSR as a leader in technical engineering and outdoor adventure gear, however, in 2015, MSR invested in global health initiatives, specifically in safe water, sanitation and hygiene,’ explained Hannah. They reached out and spoke with MSR’s business development manager. After several meetings Gloves Go Global formed an official partnership. 

The SE200 Chlorine Maker

The SE200 Chlorine Maker

‘We’ll be taking their technology to Central and South America.  It’s called the SE200 Chlorine Maker. All it requires is salt, water, and an electric current sourced from a power outlet or car/motorcycle battery. The electricity splits the salt molecule creating a chlorine concentrate that can be put into a large vessel of water to kill disease-causing microbes. We're going to be teaching communities how to use it, empowering locals to generate their own source of clean water, encouraging the practice of prevention over treatment.’ 

 ‘I never imagined this organization would outgrow my initial idea and be capable of taking on more in terms of promoting preventative health.  I’m inspired by Ethan’s vision and excited to see Gloves Go Global grow alongside a new partner,’ Hannah reflected. 

 

In harmony, small things grow. – Sallust 

National Hand Washing Day

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Gloves Go Global supports and promotes National Hand Washing Day because of our commitment to preventative health care. Today we can bring attention to one of the most simple, and effective ways to stay healthy –hand washing. Gloves Go Global aims to protect health care workers and the patients they serve through providing medical gloves for use in examinations and surgical settings. An important step in preventing the spread of germs and disease is hand washing, even when using gloves.

 

Hand washing with soap is one of the first lines of defense in the fight against disease.  With proper techniques, studies show that the incidence of diarrheal disease can be cut by nearly half and greatly reduces the occurrence of intestinal worms.  In an area where diarrhea can quickly become life-threatening and parasites are a constant battle, it is imperative that providers and medical volunteers emphasize health education.

 

If you would like more information on how you can participate in preventative health education programs reach out via email!

Floating Doctors Receive 1,000 Gloves

Floating Doctors is a US non-for-profit that provides free health care services and delivers donated medical supplies to remote Ngäbe indigenous communities in Panama. Every week, they dispatch a team of medical volunteers in to villages deep in the Panamanian jungle. Gloves Go Global donated 1,000 gloves to their cause. I volunteered for five weeks with Floating Doctors and saw first hand how their mobile clinics are run and how donations are put to great use.

I was able to see how important Floating Doctors is to the Ngäbe communities. The Ngäbe are ranked as one of the poorest indigenous communities in Latin America and as the poorest community in Panama. Government statistics estimate that 90% of the population lives below the poverty line. Some patients walk hours to get to the clinic, and all wait 3 months between clinics for their near-only access to medical care. Floating Doctors relies heavily on donations and volunteers. When they run out of medicine or medical supplies they carry on with what they have left, and when there are few medical providers they simply have longer and harder clinic days. Floating Doctors is committed to follow-up visits and sticking to the rotating 3-month schedule, and the Ngäbe people count on them. The most frequent diagnoses I saw were stomach worms, parasites, scabies, fungal infections, viral infections and bacterial infections, together with chronic aches and pains from a lifetime of tough physical labor. Some of the more dire diagnoses were advanced kidney failure, hernias, heart murmurs, tuberculosis, gall stones, and for these patients Floating Doctors commits to providing longterm treatment plans. Overall, it was rewarding to see how a few dedicated people and some key resources can make a fundamental difference in the lives of others. 

- Written by Hannah Akre, Director and Founder of Gloves Go Global

Cuba: Gloves Donation

Geneva traveled to Havana, Cuba in July of 2015 to deliver 1,000 gloves to Cuba's Ministry of Public Health. Cuba's healthcare program states: everyone has the right to health protection and care. As a result, states guarantee this right by providing free medical and hospital care. However, the rural medical service network is frequently in low supply of essential drugs and medical supplies. Through this donation, Gloves Go Global will ensure rural clinics will have a supply of medical examination gloves. 

Gloves Go Global Fundraiser in St. Louis

Gloves Go Global had its first fundraiser in St. Louis this August at the Black Finn American Grille. 13 St. Louis area businesses donated gift cards and gift certificates for our raffle. Guests had the opportunity to enter the raffle for $10 per ticket and make tax deductible donations. We were able to raise $2,435 by the end of the night. Thank you to everyone who attended and to those who donated to our cause. We will definitely be able to grow to new heights in the coming year.