GlobeMed at the University of Washington partners with Women's Development Association located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to promote health education in the Prey Veng province.
GlobeMed at the University of Washington + Women's Development Association
GlobeMed at the University of Washington | Seattle, Washington
Women’s Development Association (WDA) | Phnom Penh, Cambodia
In Cambodia, diarrhea remains a leading cause of infant and child mortality responsible for 45% of deaths of children under one year old (USAID).
“We want to] build mutual benefit through student’s work with WDA’s project, and improve WDA’s staff capacity through job-practicing, information sharing and improving English speaking/writing with students.”
– Soreach Sereithida, Executive Director at WDA
About the Partnership
The Women’s Development Association (WDA) was founded in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 1994 by three Cambodian women in a Thai refugee camp for the sole purpose of restoring the human rights that had been denied to them during the Khmer Rouge. Over time their mission has evolved to include vocational training, health education and helping women and children escape the rampant sex trafficking plaguing the country. WDA wants to see poor and vulnerable people able to solve their own problems, to seek proper health services by themselves, and to apply prevention techniques to improve the health of their family. GlobeMed at the University of Washington partnered with WDA in the fall of 2011.
Over a period of two years, the WDA plans to implement eight water filtration systems in four schools serving a large youth population in Prey Veng province, Cambodia. WDA will provide all of the necessary equipment including the water filters, re-usable cups, and collection jugs for both dirty and clean water. Through the WDA’s pre-established network of community members and leaders, they provide a staff member to train principals and teachers how to use correctly utilize these water filtration systems. Most importantly, this training will also educate the staff and students at the schools about safe drinking water and good sanitation practices.
GlobeMed at UW conducted an informal survey in a meeting with sixteen representatives in Prey Veng who have been evaluating their villages regarding healths needs and outcomes. All of the representatives expressed a pressing need for access to clean water in their village because of the high prevalence of water-born illnesses. The representatives have identified the four high capacity schools to be targeted by this water filtration project in order to make the largest impact on the youth population in the Angkor Reach Commune of Prey Veng. This project will make a major impact on the overall health and sanitation of children in targeted area of rural Cambodia.
GlobeMed at the University of Washington is committed to raising $8,000 to improve access to safe and clean drinking water in four high capacity schools in Prey Veng, Cambodia.