GlobeMed at Dartmouth aims to improve the health of Kachin women and children who have been internally displaced due to ethnic conflict in Burma. Specifically, we will fund two programs through our partner, the Kachin Women's Association Thailand. First, a school health education program will teach students in Kachin IDP camps about nutrition, hygiene, and adolescent reproductive health. Second, a community health outreach campaign will bring mobile clinics to 20 Kachin IDP camps and villages.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Approximately 120,000 Burmese refugees are living in camps on the Thai-Burmese border. There, an acute lack of health resources, combined with overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and food shortages, is causing high rates of illness. These displaced populations of Kachin women and children require greater accessibility to health care and health knowledge in order to alleviate the spread of disease.
How will this project solve this problem?
Educating youth about safe health practices will empower them to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases in Kachin populations. Providing regular community health care will allow outbreaks to be more easily prevented, long-term treatments to be enforced, and serious illness cases to be referred to larger clinics or hospitals.
Potential Long Term Impact
Long-term, this project will improve the health of tens of thousands of displaced Kachin women and children. Our two-sided approach - prevention through education plus treatment through regular mobile clinics - may significantly reduce the spread and burden of disease in IDP populations.
Total Funding Received to Date: $3,556
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,444
Total Funding Goal: $5,000