GlobeMed at Dartmouth College partners with the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand to promote the health of women and children displaced by the ethnic conflict in Burma.
GlobeMed at Dartmouth College + KWAT
GlobeMed at Dartmouth College | Hanover, New Hampshire
Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) | Chiang Mai, Thailand
There are approximately 1–2 million Burmese refugees and illegal migrants in Thailand, of which 120,000 live in camps on the Thai–Burmese border.
“We are very glad to work with university students for the benefit of our community. It is a great opportunity to cooperate with young people from a different country. Our team is also comprised of young people and we hope that we will learn from each other as we have different knowledge, skills and perspectives so that we can exchange our point of views.”
– Ah Swi, Migrant Program Coordinator at KWAT
About the Partnership
Five women formed the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) in Chiang Mai in 1999 to support and empower women and children who have left their homes in the Kachin State of Burma and have crossed the Thai-Burmese border into Thailand due to political, economic, and social deterioration. KWAT’s mission is the empowerment and advancement of Kachin women in order to improve the lives of women and children in Kachin society. The GlobeMed chapter at Dartmouth College was drawn to KWAT’s emphasis on women and children’s rights, health, and education, and their grassroots, community-based model. Since their partnership began in the fall of 2014, GlobeMed at Dartmouth has raised over $25,000 to support KWAT’s Health Program.
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, the chapter will fund three programs with their partner, the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand. The projects include a fund for emergency C-sections, funding adolescent reproductive education trainings, and a community health outreach campaign.
The emergency fund for C-sections will fund up to 3 C-sections for mothers who would otherwise not be able to afford such a procedure. The adolescent reproductive education trainings will reach 100 adolescents who would otherwise not have access to this information since many live in IDP camps. The community health outreach program will fund KWAT health staff to travel to 20 IDP camps and villages.