GlobeMed at Oberlin College partners with Center for Community Health Promotion in Hanoi, Vietnam to support a writing competition for HIV+ men.
GlobeMed at Oberlin College + Center for Community Health Promotion
GlobeMed at Oberlin College | Oberlin, Ohio
Center for Community Health Promotion (CHP) | Hanoi, Vietnam
The first case of HIV in Vietnam was seen in 1990 and by 2001 it had grown to 41,622 known cases of infection. By the end of 2009 that number was up to 280,000 people living with HIV in Vietnam, or 3.5% of the total population.
“We work to improve quality of life of the most vulnerable populations in Vietnam. We believe that GlobeMed will help us achieve our objectives through bringing its expertise and innovative approach. We believe that we will learn from working with different partners.”
– Pham Thi My Dung, CHP staff member
About the Partnership
Center for Community Health Promotion was founded in 2006 by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations to improve the well-being of Vietnamese people by providing comprehensive health care, health education, improvement of the environment, and policy advocacy. CHP believes that by working with their communities in a respectful and professional way they will be able to provide dignity and improved well-being to the most vulnerable members of Vietnamese society. The GlobeMed chapter at Oberlin College felt immediately connected with CHP’s emphasis on human rights, professionalism, and passion when their partnership began in the fall of 2011. Since beginning its partnership, the GlobeMed chapter has supported CHP’s writing competition for HIV+ men.
This year, GlobeMed at Oberlin College and Center for Community Health Promotion have raised over $4,000 to support a Writing Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam. By attracting 400 stories that encourage positive and healthy lifestyles, the competition will reduce social stigma and discrimination toward men who have sex with men living with HIV.
The ten best stories will receive compensation and publication of their story on CHP’s website and other Vietnamese media outlets. Through the power of storytelling, this partnership will draw attention to the shared humanity between stigmatized populations and the average Vietnamese or American individual.