GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati partners with Social Action for Women (SAW) to increase health education in rural communities of Burmese migrants.
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
One hundred percent of residents from Social Action for Women’s two target communities are economic migrants or political refugees from Burma.
“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 2000 to assist displaced Burmese women living in crisis as refugees in Thailand. SAW believes that by supporting vulnerable women and children, the Burmese refugee community will strengthen their abilities to face future challenges, minimize their risk of becoming involved in illicit activities, and develop into healthy and productive members of society.
The GlobeMed chapter at the University of Cincinnati felt immediately connected with Social Action for Women’s grassroots, community-based model when their partnership began in the fall of 2011. Since beginning its partnership, GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati has supported SAW’s Community Health Outreach Program to educate rural migrant communities in reproductive and regional health issues.
This year, GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati and Social Action for Women have raised over $7,000 for a Community Health Outreach Program that will fund the training of peer leaders to teach 300 Burmese migrants about reproductive and regional health issues such as skin diseases and multi drug-resistant Tuberculosis.
Phase II of SAW’s Community Health Outreach Program will train Peer Educators in each of the outreach communities who will continually disseminate good health practices throughout the society long after the project ends. This will help ensure sustainability and long-term health for the community.