Center for Global Initiatives

Rating: 4.94 stars   65 reviews 1,072

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: Kildeer IL 60047 USA

Mission: CGI serves as an incubator for new initiatives that creatively solve healthcare inequities around the world.We act as a collaborator with individuals and organizations in developing and launching projects that address the needs of medically impoverished populations.We function as a facilitator in directing public and private resources towards programs aimed at improving health globally.
Programs: MENTOR: Methods, Experiences, Networking & Training, Organizing & Research "Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? We can make it happen." We are proud to announce a very special and unique new program that provides individualized mentorship for people wanting to learn how to conduct their own project(s). We help you to gain funding, and we provide skills training, contacts and tools to actualize your plans. In some instances, undergraduate and graduate credits can also be provide PROJECT NINOS: Bolivia The Center for Global Initiatives collaborated with the Flying Doctors of America in a pioneering and critical project. We were the first non-Bolivian group to be granted access to three Bolivian prisons. Hundreds of children live with their parent(s) in these prisons. We provided care with a focus on general medicine, pediatrics, and gynecology. The Center will embark on a journey to help these non-criminal, yet imprisoned children through a unique and pioneering effort. Basically, we plan (pending funding) to develop and deploy educational and social skills training for educators (there are schools in the prisons!) and guards, as well as parenting skills training and resilience development instruction THRIVE: Tanzania The kindergarten we helped to found in 2005 is expanding its scope via THRIVE. We are using education as a basis for developing resilience of the orphans as well as those providing healthcare in the neighboring clinic/hospital. We will be developing programs for local nursing students and orphan children in collaboration with local doctors, nurses, and staff. We will have a particular focus on counseling to people with HIV infection and AIDS. The ages of children are between 3 to 12 years. The name of the hospital is Huruma Designated Hospital and is in Kilimanjaro Region in Rombo District. The primary illnesses of patients in our hospital are Malaria, T.B, Pneumonia, Immunosupression, Diabetes, and Hypertension. SMART: Cambodia Proof of concept. We are developing a project that will bring training and potentially telehealth services to rural areas that is delivered by indigenous village women. Public heath, primary care, first aid, and emergency services are all but absent in rural areas of Cambodia. “Itinerant” medical ex-pats may be the currently best available healthcare resource in such areas. This project seeks to empower indigenous women by providing training in basic public health practices and emergency medical care/first aid so they may be of aid to those in their for their villages. They would be supported by a training program that will enable them to provide sufficient help until the patient can be taken to the nearest medical facility or a traveling physician can come to the village. It will be unique, as it will not require literacy to operate MEDICAL INTERVENTION: Benin Contacts and relationships have been developed with colleagues in Benin that crosscuts various areas: health and illness, poverty and sustainability, environmental concerns, traditional and medical sciences/health treatment and education. We plan to develop a scientific and economic mechanism of researching the medicinal properties of specific plant materials used by our Benin partners (university scientists and traditional healers) to further develop medicines and use the resultant knowledge in order to refine the compounds to have fewer side-effects and improved dosing characteristics, and to develop that intellectual property into concomitant economic value that will provide for economic sustainability, self-sufficiency, and independence for on-going research.
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Given the plethora of global humanitarian issues that are perhaps best addressed in a collaborative manner, "Tools for Change" is an excellent resource and platform to help achieve this. I give it, and the Center for Global Initiatives, a five-star rating! - Victor Olusegun Adeniji

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Dr. Stout and CGI exemplify the dedication and persistence needed for a humanitarian transformation away from violence, conflict, and the widespread exploitation of our most vulnerable populations and ecosystems.

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The Center for Global Initiatives has been very educational and a useful tool as a budding professional. I can only hope that my future contributions can showcase how much I have learned. This non profit is an inspiration that I can do more and a small act can play a role in a great change. Keep up the great work!

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Dr. Stout continuously updates the materials he shares freely with is community. He is a very compassionate and intelligent person who cares deeply for those in need. And he is a wonderful mentor for those who aspire to work in the humanitarian arena.

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Truly a great idea and execution to help make this world a better place. CGI joins people to collaborate and unite in tackling the issues we all face on a world wide basis. I recently joined the CGI after seeing their great initiatives with Mission Works and their work to help spread excellent healthcare. I look forward to working with them in the future.

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CGI helps nascent nonprofits like mine take off and Dr Chris Stout is a dear and very special colleague who has unhesitatingly provided counsel and in-depth information about running a good nonprofit. Their work has touched millions!

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Review is as much based on Dr. Chris Stout as the center, itself. My personal use of the Center is for information.

The programs highlighted, and resources available are both timely and insightful. When I want to look further into what is happening in global health, this is the first place I come to network resources with people, and to find accurate information on what is happening in specific areas regarding the health issues they are facing.

Much of what comes across my news feed is highly processed by the various media channels, or carries a lot of political baggage for the more mainstream outlets, which puts layers in between donors and the effectiveness of programs. CGI does a lot to cut through these filters, focusing on the most urgent needs, and most effective responses for the individuals we are interested in helping.

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Dr. Chris Stout has a passion for his mission like no other Executive Director I have worked with. He is also a master connector and has a knack to connect those in need with the perfect individual who wants and is able to give. His has helped so many, and this is only the tip of the iceberg!

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CGI's focus on sustainable programs is wonderful - more organizations should focus on long term solutions like CGI does.

Also, the travel information CGI provides to those interested in missions overseas is invaluable! Thank you, CGI!

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CGI makes a complex endeavor like serving globally a much simpler task. It provides information about trustworthy non-profit organizations and gives tips on how to travel economically. Recently, CGI was more than happy to let the organization I work with (ATI Mission Works) have real estate on it's website so that we could more easily collect donations. CGI is run by people who genuinely care about the world and all of us who live in it.

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