GlobeMed at Notre Dame partners with Population Education Development Association in Vientiane, Laos to thwart the spread of preventable diseases as well as address the socio-
GlobeMed at the University of Notre Dame + PEDA
GlobeMed at the University of Notre Dame | South Bend, Indiana
Population Education Development Association (PEDA) | Vientiane, Laos
The 2012 malaria incidence report in Laos showed that the malaria mortality rate had tripled since 2011. The risk of malaria is particularly high in the southern provinces. A study conducted in early 2013 by the Government Health Authority showed that 7,730 out of 63,983 persons tested positive for malaria, indicating that roughly 12% of the population may currently be infected. The number of people who are at risk is much greater, particularly in rural and remote areas.
“We are very much interested in working with university students, as it would be a great chance for our staffs to share, to learn and to gain new experiences from people outside of the country. Often, lessons from other countries can be adapted and utilized usefully for other countries too.”
– Thipphavanh Thammachith, Chairman Assistant and Project Coordinator at PEDA
About the Partnership
PEDA is a non-profit civil society organization founded in 2001, initially focused on poverty reduction and environmental management. Currently PEDA aims to promote community self reliance and sustainable development in health, specifically sexual reproductive health and the prevention of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, as well as human and drug trafficking. PEDA currently has 25 registered members and 400 volunteers across 9 provinces in Laos. GlobeMed at Notre Dame’s project aims to increase understanding of malaria, including preventative measures and symptom recognition, and reduce transmission rates for hard-to-reach populations. Since 2011, GlobeMed at Notre Dame has raised over $30,000 for PEDA’s initiatives.
GlobeMed at the University of Notre Dame aims to raise $30,000 to expand a recently ended malaria prevention project (7 GFATM-project) to ten villages in the Nong District of Savannakhet, Laos. PEDA will target new communities using a peer educator approach (IPC) in which community leaders will be selectively trained to serve as an ongoing educational resource for their community. In addition to IPC, PEDA will conduct outreach programs and Information Education Communication (IEC) interventions. These will increase knowledge of malaria, introduce access to early diagnosis and treatment, and promote consistent bed net usage. This project intends to reduce the incidence of malaria transmission in vulnerable communities. Project effectiveness will be monitored and evaluated by comparing quarterly data to a baseline KAP survey using random sampling.
This project will introduce proper health education to marginalized groups, utilizing educational materials and peer leaders. It aims to increase community understanding of malaria prevention and symptom recognition, and reduce malaria transmission rates long-term.