EVENT DATE: Feb 11, 2012
The AIDS pandemic has taken a toll internationally, and especially particular of interest, in Vietnam. All 64 provinces in Vietnam have been affected. At the end of 2011, estimates of people living with HIV were considered to be over 310,000. Women are particularly vulnerable from a biological, cultural, and social perspective. Recent estimates place 1/3 of all Vietnamese living with HIV to be women and the risk of getting infected is 2-4 times higher than that of men in the country.
We are a team of six students and two faculty members who are coming together with the opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectives on disease prevention and health promotion initiatives to understand what are effective HIV/AIDS prevention messages in global settings.
What we will be doing in Vietnam is going to a health clinic and a women’s shelter to share the HIV prevention education program with not only the intention to help marginalized women empower themselves but to also learn and develop sensitivity and cultural humility in HIV prevention. With that, we intend to come back and develop seminars in exploring urban public health and to take what we learn from the trip and offer the same curriculum to the local Vietnamese population here in Boston.