Multiplier Case of End Nurseless Villages aka Grameen Nurse Institute
the way collaboration partnering in sustainability works is simplest seen by example -
CP9: Glasgow Caledonian university (a Yunus Centre partner) that happens to train uk national health service nurses and will loan DR Yunus some trainers (since Glasgow's stimulus of this whole series of collaboration partnering, that dates back to Novemeber 2008 and has included a social business chair of wellbeing, other universities have joined in including Emory with its elearning capabilities)
CP2: Nike Foundation who have branded girl power as their position and so made a natural fit for yunus with 5 million dollars of funds which they announced at clinton global 2009 –their storytelling side is funded in part by the buffett's family foundation Novo (100 mn announcement - further notes 1
Girl Power Kit includes various microfinance programs
CP8: the corporate Saudi German hospitals which Yunus has a social business partnership to build hospital
(the free university model which basically trains girls from the village for free in dhaka if they go back to be rural nurses - the free Uni idea of this may first have emerged from CIDA S.Africa CP12)
CP1 Grameen's micro up channels in the village that need nurses particularly his health insurance group grameen Kalyan which began its social business model in 1992 but hasn’t yet gone nationwide because of lack of nurses; also his 40000 or so scholarships of Grameen Shikkha that keep mainly girls in secondary schools who can start learning ing with the village nurses and be motivated to then go to dhaka to become curses
this is also part of his bigger plans of dhaka as a free uni health city; whilst a commercial summit a wing of http://worldcongress.com has emerged for CP3 a festival of extremely affordable healthcare projects ; and grameen america has huntered out several healtcare partners
and technology's new freedoms to empower health care - grameen intel first project is on mobile data to minimise matermity deaths
see how collaboration across typologies provides an innovation that no single typology can imagine realising
in particular this should expose macro intergovernment systems like unicef and other global aid funds to face up to microeconomics and netgen realities that without ending nurseless villages not much of the rest of their health aid every trickles down or connects across operations that are siloised, whereas economical/essential healthcare services needs to be empower through communities and interface many organisations
when healthcare is developed from bottom-up foundations, very different ideas emerge - eg that health practice curricula should be part of schooling in developing and other worlds so chldren can choose if this is a job plentiful skill they want to flow into, as well as help wellbeing and prevention of illnesses as a valuable social networking activity
it is worth noting that when Dr Yunus won the Nobel prize he saw health partnerships worldwide as the biggest new opportunity; his alliance with the socially responsible pop group (Cp12) http://thegreenchildren.org fundraised for 2 replications of (Cp1) of the Indian SB Aravind that ends needless blindness; two grameen bookmarks on healtcare worth tracking are 1 2 -ad is this description of Grameen BASF
related resources of girl power : girl effect
Out May 2010 Dr Yunus new book provides whole chapter on Grameen partnership with Cure2Children - social business aimed at helping reduce the impact of Thalassemia on chldren.
The log on the work to be coordinated by Glasgow Cal's social business professor Cam Donaldson and other partnerships strongly supported by Glasgow Cal's Vice Chancellor Pamela Gillies is another book -and worldwide - highlight:
Glasgow is a historic city with a highly diverse population. It is
also a city with significant social and economic problems. Often described
as "postindustrial" Glasgow has suffered from the exodus of
many companies that once provided livelihoods for thousands of families.
And like many cities (for example, those in America's so-called
Rust tselt states of the Upper Midwest), it is struggling to find its people
new employment opportunities in twenty-first-century industries.
These economic woes have had a significant social impact-for example,
in the area of health. Glasgow suffers from some of the greatest
wellness disparities in Europe. There are particular neighborhoods
in the ciry where the average life expectancy for a male is over eighty
while in others it is stuck in the fifties.
In the midst of this great but troubled city Glasgow Caledonian
University has long been dedicated not just to the pursuit of knowledge
but to the betterment of the human condition. The university's
motto is "For the Common'Weal" where "weal" is the traditional
Scottish word for "welfare." So it's not surprising that the university's
vice chancellor, Pamela Gillies, became intrigued by the concept of social
business and contacted Grameen Bank to learn how this new idea
might benefit the people of Glasgow.
A series of fruitful meetings and conversations followed, and the
result is a collection of initiatives that illustrate how a university can
help spread and develop a new approach to society's ills.
First, the university decided to create the Grameen Caledonian Creative
Lab, based in its Institute of Health and Wellbeing. The lab,
which will officially begin its work in the spring of 2010, will house
the new Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health. The center will
be headed by a newly appointed Yunus Professor, Cam Donaldson, a
respected academic with an unusual and very appropriate background-
he is an economist who formerly directed an institute for the
study of health and society within the business school at the University
of Newcastle in England. Thus, he can bring together perspectives
from all these areas-health, economics, and business-in developing,
implementing, and testing new social business ideas.
Second, the university invited Grameen Bank to collaborate with it
in an innovative experiment with the impact of social business. using
Glasgow's run-down Sight Hill neighborhood as a laboratory,
Grameen and the university will work together to create a microcredit
program tailored to local needs and culture. My associate, Dr. H. I.
Latifee, has already visited Glasgow and is preparing a set of detailed
plans for the launch of this new branch of Grameen Bank for some
time in 201,0.
It s exciting is that this new Grameen program will be the subject
of a long-term, detailed study by researchers from the university
(and perhaps from other institutions in Glasgow and elsewhere in
scotland) into the social and economic effect of microcredit. The special
emphasis will be on health impacts. over a period of ten years, the
researchers will begin by examining such quesrions as: Do the families
of Grameen borrowers have improved health conditions over time?
Do they suffer from fewer disabilities, chronic conditions, and lifethreatening
illnesses? Is there an impact on life expectancies? Are infant
mortality rates and serious childhood diseases affected? How do
mental health indicators respond?
The hope is that this study, the first of its kind, will demonstrate a
strong connection between public health and the availability of microcredit.
If so, it will constitute a strong argument for including microcredit-
and perhaps social business in general-in the list of tools
to be deployed by governments and social service organizations that
are trying to enhance the development prospects of countries, regions,
It's remarkable that this groundbreaking study will be taking place
in Glasgow, the ciry where Adam Smith taught ,,moral philosophy"
and wrote his epochal book on free markets, The 'Wealth of Nations.
Perhaps this same city will now play a central role in advancing the
next stage of development of the capitalist system-a stage I believe
Smith, with his deep concern for the welfare of society and his trust in
the power of "sympathy" among human beings to produce moral behaviors,
would have understood and supported.
Finally, Glasgow Caledonian University is also partnering with
Grameen on a social business project aimed at enhancing health care
in Bangladesh. As of early 2010, Professor Barbara Parfitt of the university's
nursing school is in Bangladesh inaugurating a new pre-nursing
program for local young women. Within the next two years, a
full-fledged college-level nursing program will be created under the
name of the University College for Nursing and Midwifery in
Bangladesh. This school will begin turning out a steady stream of
nurses for underserved areas of Bangladesh. Our plan is to guarantee
these graduates jobs working in one of the health clinics we will be
opening around the country; they'll be paid a competitive salary that
will cover both living expenses and the cost of repaying their student
loans. This will help make nursing an attractive profession for more
young Bangladeshis and make nursing college more affordable for students
from poor families.
As you can see, through Glasgow Caledonian University the people
of Bangladesh and the people of Scotland are about to enter into a
multifaceted, two-way partnership-for the benefit of both. I believe
that, in time, we will expand our partnership to include other forms of
social business, with the university providing intellectual-leadership
and the research to validate the benefits being produced. The university's
pro vice chancellor, Mike Smith, shares my excitement. "Our
project with Grameen," he says, "has the potential to produce insights
and approaches that may be significant not just for Glasgow or for
Scotland but for all of Europe."
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