GlobeMed at UC partners with Social Action for Women in Mae Sot, Thailand to provide Burmese migrants with health education to help improve their lives.
GlobeMed at the University of Cincinnati + Social Action for Women
GlobeMed at The University of Cincinnati | Cincinnati, Ohio
Social Action for Women (SAW) | Mae Sot, Thailand
In 2008, SAW was one of 25 organizations worldwide to receive the Red Ribbon Award from the United Nations Development Programme for providing outstanding HIV prevention, treatment and education on a grassroots level.
“We would like to implement our project alongside university students, as [they] will assist us in the areas of fundraising, advocacy, communicating with potential donors, and giving technical support to the staff involved in project implementation.”
– Mr. Ko Myo, SAW Project Coordinator
About the Partnership
Social Action for Women (SAW) was founded in June 25, 2000 to assist displaced women from Burma who are in crisis situations after having fled to Thailand. SAW is based in Mae Sot and was established to support women facing difficulties through the provision of shelter, health education, rights awareness, counseling, and vocational training. SAW has expanded its focus population to include caring for and educating orphaned children and children of migrant parents. Since fall 2011, GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati has raised over $22,000 for our partner and sent a total of 10 students to intern in Thailand.
GlobeMed at UC supports the Community Health Outreach Program (CHOP). It consists of the following three phases: 1. Identify health education focus areas to discuss in training and workshops, increase community reproductive health and basic preventative health knowledge, and increase access to and use of birth control and condoms. 2. Train 20 Peer Educators, two in each target community, to hold workshops, increase community reproductive health and basic preventative health knowledge, and increase access to and use of birth control and condoms. 3. Increase community reproductive health and basic preventative health knowledge through peer educator workshops in their own communities, and provide personal/dental hygiene awareness to the migrant schools.
GlobeMed at UC will raise $14,000 to fund the third phase of the Community Health Outreach Program project, which will provide Burmese migrant workers and children personal hygiene education. This phase will directly impact 1,350 Burmese migrants and allow them to disseminate this new knowledge within their communities.