Building Peace Through Health and Education
Our Strategy for Peace
What We Believe
- Health and education development can positively affect poverty levels
- There is a direct correlation between poverty, conflict and the spread of disease
- Working on health and education issues provides a forum in which positive relationships between individuals and groups can be built
How We Do It
We believe that the learning process should be fun and of value to those involved. Typically our trainings involve large groups of people, done in the evening after they return home from working the fields. In order to keep it interesting we use a mixture of lecturing, question and answer period, games and competitions. Prizes for participation and attendance include fruit, and daily necessities such as mosquito coils, soap and detergent, toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet paper, towels, work gloves, etc..
More About This Project
Yunnan province is found in the southwest of China and shares its longest border with Myanmar (Burma). On both sides of the border there has been drug production and trade, as well as resource extraction for decades. The remote, mountainous areas, largely populated by ethnic minorities, have long suffered from war and neglect, which have undermined development.
HIV prevalence is rising rapidly in/along the border of Myanmar and China, fueled by population mobility, poverty and frustration that breeds risky sexual activity and drug-taking. Indicators of higher susceptibility of HIVAIDS transmission in Yunnan Province border regions include:
- Yunnan holds China’s largest concentration of ethnic minority groups who, often disenfranchised from mainstream life in China, have less access to education and jobs
- High volume and access to intravenous drugs
- Large and growing population of migrant labourers
- High levels of sex work/brothel activity
A key, long-term objective of the project is to focus on an understanding of the connection between a healthy and a peaceful society; in particular, an understanding of the connection between the conflict in Myanmar and the spread of HIV/AIDS in the region. In addition to providing training to increase capacity for local cooperation for HIV/AIDS prevention education, long term goals of this project include identifying civil society groups and building their capacity to conduct this type of training, as well as building relationships between these groups, key individuals, various levels of government, and other stake-holders.