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
UNICEF has identiﬁed Cambodia as one of the countries in the world with the lowest sanitation coverage in the rural areas.
“[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
Women’s Development Association (WDA) is a non-profit, non-political, and non-governmental organization that was established by a group of poor women who joined together with the purpose of improving the living the condition of the people living in their areas of slum villages in Phnom Penh. WDA wants to empower the poor, vulnerable and those living with HIV/AIDS to understand preventative behavior changes and how to seek proper health care. Since the fall of 2011, GlobeMed at the University of Washington has raised over $6,000 in partnership with WDA to expand their capacity within their community health worker education program.
GlobeMed at the University of Washington aims to provide WDA’s community health workers with $5,000 to train local community members of the 22 surrounding villages to become mentors and advocates for health and education. This project will provide these local mentors and their communities with educational materials and the means to promoting behavioral changes that will strive to improve health and break the poverty cycle by providing education to youths.
This project aims to improve primary health care by promoting behavioral changes as preventative measures against spreading common diseases. Additionally, it aims to break the poverty-cycle by providing vulnerable children access to education at a young age and a support system to see them through graduation.