Noksu

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Noksu Medical Voluntary Organization
Founded April 19, 1966
Founder Prof. Jun-Jeon Mun
& 40 undergraduate students
Type Medical Service
Location
Area served
South Korea
Product Traditional Korean Medicine
Members
557
Owner Prof. Seung-Gi Jung
Prof. Myung-ja Wang
Key people
45th President Jung-Han Bae
Vice President Eun-Bi Jo
Endowment National Agricultural Cooperative Federation
Seoul Housing Corporation
Volunteers
49
Mission Public Medical Service in Rural Areas
Website [www dot noksu dot org]

Noksu (Hangul녹수회; Hanja綠樹會) is a medical voluntary organization of Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea. The members consist of both students and graduates from College of Oriental Medicine and College of Nursing Sciences. The organization is one of the six volunteer organizations of College of Oriental Medicine. It is widely regarded as one of the leading and most prestigious organization in the university. In 2010, Noksu was awarded first place in Korea by ASAN Foundation for outstanding volunteer performance.

  • The name 'Noksu' means 'Green Tree' in translation. It represents evergreens to always have interest in public volunteering.

History[edit]

Founded in 1966, Noksu's main concept of volunteering was to give what we have learned back to the community. Inspired by poor medical SOC in more rural areas of Korea in the 1960s and 1970s, the students and graduates, especially majoring in Korean Medicine, have collaborated within each university to promote public health management. This concept of public service has been widespread since then.

  • April, 19th, 1966 - Founding of Noksu Organization

Since the founding of Noksu, every year great number of students who were interested in voluntary service has joined. Noksu has prospered for 45 years accounting for total of 557 members, 49 of which is active undergraduates.

  • April, 19th, 2010 - 45th Anniversary of Noksu

Noksu is currently located at College of Oriental Medicine, Kyunghee University, South Korea.

Guidance[edit]

Noksu is now under guidance of excellent active professors who themselves were undergraduate members of Noksu.

  • Founder Professor - Prof. Jun-Jeon Mun (1966~)
  • Second Guidance Professor - Prof. Gwang-Ho Kim (~2004)
  • Current Guidance Professor - Prof. Seung-Gi Jung & Prof. Myung-Ja Wang (2005~present)

Prof. Seung-Gi Jung is currently the head professor of Allergy & Respiratory Diseases Department at Kyung Hee University Medical Center and a professor at College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University. Prof. Myung-Ja Wang is currently a professor at College of Nursing Sciences, Kyung Hee University.

Motto and song[edit]

Noksu's Motto is "겸손과 사랑으로 진정한 봉사를 이루자".
In translation, it means "Sincere volunteering through humble hearts."

Noksu's song is as follows.
1st Verse
젊음을 부르는 대학가에, 앞날에 희망을 꿈꾸며, 언제나 다정한 그 모습들, 오늘도 모였네 녹수회.
2nd Verse
태양이 비치는 백사장에, 언제나 밀려오는 파도처럼, 우리들의 우정도 변치말자, 오늘도 모였네 녹수회.

Medical Voluntary Service Records[edit]

Extensive Medical Volunteer Service[edit]

During each summer and winter break, guidance professors, undergraduate and graduate members of Noksu survey rural districts with poor medical access for candidates. For the district that meets the conditions, extensive medical service is given. The voluntary service lasts for 7 days(including the set-up and dismantling time of temporary clinic). The patients visiting the temporary clinic will receive simple health check-up and Traditional Korean Medicine Treatments of acupuncture, moxabustion and herbal medicine. Also brief lectures are given on common conditions such as hypertension, coronary diseases and diabetes to promote public health awareness.

Latest Volunteer Service Areas

  • Jul 26 -Aug 2, 2008 : Sun-nam Myun in Sung-ju Gun, Gyung-sang-buk Do, South Korea
  • Feb 1 - Feb 8, 2009 : Jang-su Eub in Jang-su Gun, Jun-ra-buk Do, South Korea

Local Medical Volunteer Service[edit]

In course of rapid development of Seoul, the capital of Korea, more suburban areas of the city had fallen behind and left its residents underprivileged in means of SOC. Conscious of these gaps, Noksu has extended its medical volunteering service to local residents of suburban areas of Seoul since 2002. Endowed by Seoul Housing Corporation, Noksu has been able to give brief medical coverage to senior residents living in government funded walfare apartments. Brief check-up includes screening and follow-up tests for hypertension and diabetes. Traditional Korean Medicine treatment is used to diagnose and treat patients.

Latest Volunteer Service Dates

  • December 27, 2008 : No-won 1 Integrated Walfare Center in No-won Gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • February 21, 2009 : No-won 1 Integrated Walfare Center in No-won Gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • March 7, 2009 : No-won 1 Integrated Walfare Center in No-won Gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • April 4, 2009 : No-won 1 Integrated Walfare Center in No-won Gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • May 2, 2009 : No-won 1 Integrated Walfare Center in No-won Gu, Seoul, South Korea

Extra Medical Volunteer Service[edit]

Despite the evermore increasing families of international marriage, the national medical coverage doesn't cover aliens who have yet acquired green card or citizenship. The staff had decided to support multicultural families and have participated in medical voluntary service.

Latest Volunteer Service Date(s)

  • May 3, 2009 : Ha-nam Foreigner's Cultural Center in Ha-nam City, Gyung-gi Do, South Korea

Upcoming Volunteer Service Date(s)

  • May 17, 2009 : Ha-nam Foreigner's Cultural Center in Ha-nam City, Gyung-gi Do, South Korea

Life and culture[edit]

Noksu is not only an organization for volunteering but is also a big family. As Noksu is based on the idea of community, frequent meetings and training courses are taken all year round.

  • Regular meetings at beginning and end of each semester
  • Volunteering introduction workshop at beginning of 1st semester
  • Family Picnic at end of midterm of 1st semester
  • Membership Training Course during each semester

Current staff[edit]

The staff is chosen in an election at end of the 2nd semester every year. Currently (2011) the 45th staff members are carrying on the spirit of the founders.

  • President - Jung-Han Bae
  • Vice President - Eun-Bee Jo
  • Treasury - Sang-Jun Park & Youn-A Choi
  • Head of Local Volunteer Service -
  • Head of Extensive Volunteer Service -
  • Server & Archive Management - Hyun-Hwa Jo
  • Public Relations -

Awards and ceremonies[edit]

  • Annual ASAN Foundation Award for Voluntary Organization - 1st place(2010)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]