Who We Are // GlobeMed at Dartmouth
Founded in 2011, GlobeMed at Dartmouth is a student-led non-profit and one of the 50 GlobeMed chapters around the country. We partner with the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) to promote the health of women and children displaced by the ethnic conflict in Burma.
Our Partner // Kachin Women’s Association Thailand
As a result of increasing social and economic problems in the Kachin state of Burma, more and more people have left Burma in search of a new home, primarily in China and Thailand. KWAT was born in 1999 in Chiang Mai, a city in Thailand near the Thai-Burmese border, out of the need for women to organize themselves to help solve these problems both in Kachin State and in Thailand. Now, more than a decade later, KWAT continues to strive for the empowerment and advancement of Kachin women in order to improve the lives of women and children in Kachin society. Their goals are many-fold, including promoting women's participation in politics, combating trafficking and violence against women, and providing health education and health services, to name a few.
Our Project // $3,300 for improving the quality of reproductive health in Burma
Our chapter aims to raise $3300 to fully fund a four-day Reproductive Health Training course in Mae Sai, Thailand, for 15 well-respected village representatives from Burma, as well as 10 migrant workers from the Kachin State of Burma who are now in Thailand. They will be trained to understand and promote effective family planning methods, to raise awareness about prevention of STIs/STDs, and other related topics. The project must be approached with cultural sensitivity, as discussion of reproductive health in Burmese culture is a taboo. The training will occur in May 2012, and, after the training concludes, the leaders who attended will exchange information with youth/teens from their respective villages and contact KWAT if they need to provide family planning supplies (oral contraceptive pills, condoms etc). Most men do not use condoms, and because the OC pills used by women in Burma have not been effective, increased use of family planning methods to prevent disease transmission and other consequences can be anticipated. If village representatives can encourage families to take advantage of accessible resources and break the taboo through their discussions on reproductive health, the increased education and utilization of family planning will validate the success of the training.
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