Healthy Initiatives through Peer Education Results Update

Healthy Initiatives through Peer Education (HIPE) exceeded targets set for 2016 and while the regular health education sessions in schools continue to be important, more children and youths are being reached through the community-based health prevention and promotion program.


 
Since the inception of HIPE in 2010, we have increasingly been training more youths to become Peer Health Educators who have led more health education in many more schools and shelters.

 
Over the years, we have trained 357 students and qualified 293 to become Peer Health Educators who have actively participated in health education and promotional programmatic activities in schools and communities.


 
We have been measuring knowledge, attitude, and behavioral change whenever possible. We have experienced knowledge change most significantly when HIPE school-based health education program is new to a school. As our health education program reaching more students over the years, the knowledge gain is less significant but attitude and behavioral changes begin to take root and act upon through our community activities.

 
The key feature of the community-based health prevention and promotion program is the community health fair to allow for HIPE youths with elevated leadership responsibilities to lead and organize health-focus events to engage other youths, community organizations and members, and businesses.

 
The contrast of 12 PHEs in 2010 vs. 90 PHEs in 2016 is significant and likewise their abilities and commitment to educate 2,575 then vs. 13,478 students in 2016 depend heavily on the financial and resources commitment from many!

In Memoriam – Do Ba Phuoc

Dear VA-NGO Network Members & Friends,

It is with deep sorrow that the board of VA NGO Network announces the passing away of James Do Ba Phuoc, one of our leading lights.  Anh Phuoc was a pioneer in many fields and bravely blazed new trails:

  • In humanitarian work in Vietnam after 1975 by bringing IT boot camps to train Vietnam youth into a skilled workforce for economic development of the country,
  • As founding member of VN-Help, Pacific Links Foundation, VA-NGO Network and of the Nom Foundation.

In keeping with the family tradition of cultural contribution, he spearheaded the digital translation of Nom characters, the ancient Vietnam writing, into unicode and was one of the founders of the NOM Foundation, publishing a Nom dictionary on the internet.

His lifelong passion led him to continue the cultural endeavors while fully engaged with IT development in Vietnam.

I will always remember anh Phuoc as a gentle man with a dry sense of humor, but a determination of iron. His support allowed chi Kim-Anh Tran, his lifelong partner, to lead the longterm Capacity-Building Workshops to enhance Early Childhood Development Program for the VA-NGO Network and promote life-saving skills in Pediatric First Aid for caregivers.  He was at all time the wind beneath her wings.

His sudden death was a tragic shock for us all, a small network of professionals working closely in humanitarian assistance, and a reminder of lost opportunities in enjoying family and friends as a priority.

  • To anh Phuoc: we thank you for leading the way in contributing professional talents wherever life places us, you will be remembered as a guding beacon of selfless dedication.
  • To chi Anh: we pledge to stand by for you and continue the work that both of you started together.
  • To Minh: your father inspired us all, please consider us as family-at-large.

Cathy Lam flew to Vietnam to represent the US non-profit partners he has worked with, and to give support to the grieving family.  Farewell anh Phuoc, until we meet again…

With sadness in our hearts, and hope in anh Phuoc’s everlasting spirits,

Quynh Kieu, MD
VA NGO Network Chairperson