Our Project BY THE NUMBERS: Number of students learning essential basic health facts: ~40 students/year Number of health workers saving the lives of ethnic minorities in Burma: 1,414 backpack health workers Number of individuals who directly benefit from the work of BPHWT: 247,810 individuals
GlobeMed at Whitman College raises money to fund a vocational health class for students living along the Thai-Burma border and to support the basic needs of Back Pack Health Worker Team members. Most students who grew up attending school in Burma and in refugee camps on the border in Thailand never had the opportunity to learn fundamental health knowledge, such as the basics of puberty or first aid skills. Whitman College donates to Minmahaw School, a migrant school based on the Thai-Burma border, so students ages 17-23 have the opportunity to learn about health (amongst other subjects) before returning to their home villages. Additionally, GlobeMed at Whitman donates money to Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT) to support the basic needs of the workers. BPHWT is an organization based on the Thai-Burma border that finds individuals in rural communities around Burma that lack in health care services and trains those individuals to be health medics. BPHWT medics then return to their villages to provide health care and to teach health education to their communities. BPHWT saves the lives of thousands of people every year.