GlobeMed at the University of Virginia, a chapter of GlobeMed, aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. GlobeMed at UVA is committed to improving the health of the people living in the villages around Siem Reap, Cambodia. GlobeMed at UVA is committed to fostering a strong partnership with the Build Your Future Today Center based in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
A detailed Ministry of Health study in 2008 shows almost half of the children below 5 years old in Cambodia suffer from malnutrition. 20% of childbearing-age women are underweight and 8% are so short they risk complications during pregnancy and delivery. Most children do not go to school because of their poor background, having to help their parents, taking care of siblings, or guarding the buffaloes or cows in the fields. Parents have a general disinterest to educate their children.
This project will improve the educational and health of the two villages by providing daily nutrition programs for the malnourished children alongside adult literacy and life skill training for poor communities, teachers and children. The various integrated development activities, as well as agricultural production, health education, and nutrition and education improvement are priorities.
By the end of the 4 years, over 300 pre and school children and over 1000 community members at both communities in Arak say, Trapieng Tmar and Sre Robong will benefit directly and 1000 community members of neighbouring villages will benefit indirectly from the projects. This will be achieved through school enrolments, and participation in integrated community health improvement and education activities.