Help the next generation of Public Health Leaders in Myanmar
Organized by: Heidi West
New Fundraising Page for GEH LAB
January 08, 2017
EVENT DATE Jun 01, 2016
Please use our new Crowdrise Charity Page to make donations to GEH LAB:
Thank you to all of our supporters!
Heidi, Dr. Shibata, Maja, Kristin and Liz
Global Environmental Health LAB
Learn. Act. Build.
Join our movement to support safe and healthy environments by donating directly to our Summer Program Participants!
Each member of this team will be travelling to Mandalay, Myanmar to conduct collaborative public health research alongside local faculty, students, and community members. Every Dollar they receive will go directly to the costs of their trip and will enable them to contribute their time and research skills to the people of Myanmar.
Our goal is to raise $2,900 for each of our 4 participants and $10,000 to cover the basic startup of GEH LAB and the travel costs for our staff. We value diversity - our staff and participants represent 6 different countries and 6 different disciplines. All participants will be involved in a collaborative research, training, workshops, community education, professional development, partnership development, and dissemination of scientific knowledge.
Did you know that Myanmar has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world and the highest in Southeast Asia? The rate is seven times higher than that of children under 5 in the US (1). Most deaths of children under five in Myanmar are due to preventable or treatable causes (2), and a significant number of those deaths are linked to environmental exposures that cause diarrhea, respiratory infections, and vector borne infections.
Environmental health interventions are expected to be one of the most effective and affordable ways to protect public health compared to the conventional approaches (3). Currently, there are no environmental health programs at universities in Myanmar and the government is supportive of partnerships for capacity building in environmental health.
Here at GEH Lab we are committed to promoting and supporting safe and healthy environments on a global scale through conducting collaborative public health-related research, scientific engagement, and capacity-building activities. We are a non-profit organization (501(c)3 status pending) that works to build environmental public health research capacity in low and middle income countries.
In the past we have conducted projects in Indonesia in collaboration with local universities. This summer we are traveling to Myanmar with our research participants to help the local communities in Myanmar conduct public health research related to migration and health, gender and occupational health, and risk assessments . Through collaborative research activities that bring together students, scholars, and communities from the US and partner institutions abroad, GEH LAB is increasing the scientific knowledge base for policy decisions and simultaneously fostering the next generation of public health leaders.
With you help we can achieve great things!
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3. Prüss-Üstün A, Corvalán C. 2006