GlobeMed at the University of Notre Dame partners with PEDA to educate and prevent TB, Malaria and HIV/AIDS in vulnerable communities in Laos.
GlobeMed at the University of Notre Dame + PEDA
GlobeMed at the University of Notre Dame | South Bend, Indiana
Promotion for Education and Development Association (PEDA) | Vientiane, Laos
Laos as a country is quite young, with 94% of the people under 29 years of age and 55% under 19 years of age.
PEDA was selected and accepted by the Ministry of Public Health, the Country Committee Mechanism, and Oversight Committee to carry out the Seventh Round Global Fund project, which focused on malaria and tuberculosis prevention in 4 provinces.
“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 Lao non-proﬁt association focusing on programs and activities concerning community education and development. PEDA focuses on vulnerable groups and most at risk populations in the areas with the highest incidence of malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV. Generally, these people live in rural, mountainous, and hard-to-reach areas. Their communities often have low literacy rates and lack strong health education. PEDA also commonly works with ethnic minorities, who face discrimination and other barriers to good health. GlobeMed at Notre Dame has been partnering with PEDA since the fall of 2011 to support their current projects focusing on HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria education and prevention, and has currently raised over $3,000 for PEDA’s initiatives.
GlobeMed at Notre Dame is funding educational materials that will be used by peer educators to teach vulnerable communities about TB and Malaria. Peer educators are selected and trained to moderate informal group discussions on HIV/AIDS/STI, malaria, TB and other related issues. PEDA believes that adequate education and training through Participatory Learning Action is the key methodology to allow community members to be more involved and aware of current situations within their communities.
With the use of Participatory Learning Action, disadvantaged groups in urban and remote areas will be more aware of health, socio-economic and environmental issues that could be prevented if adequate information were to be obtainable to the community.