Healthy Initiatives through Peer Education (HIPE)


HIPE mission is to provide sustainable solutions to address health and social issues in the most disadvantaged communities through youth empowerment and community engagement.

Our goals consist of:

  1. Building healthy communities through capacity building in youth development;
  2. Reducing burden of preventable diseases through health education and interventions;
  3. Advancing students for professional development in community development and public health fields.


HIPE is centered on an innovative peer-education model for school-aged youths that infuses creative teaching and leadership training in health education, disease prevention, disaster prevention, and community mobilization within Vietnam’s poorest communities.  Additionally, HIPE is heavily grounded on the principles and practical applications of community development.  Hence, HIPE empowers young people through leadership training, life skills development, community activism & mobilization, and selfesteem/self-worth identification & development in the greater context of life challenges & societal issues.  Specifically HIPE trains students, youths, and community members to collectively address the high distribution of preventable diseases and to empower them with knowledge and skills to make healthy, sustainable, and safe choices.

HIPE Youth Recruitment Video on Youtube:

In today’s connected society, even in rural areas of developing countries, mass media and social network presentation of issues and solutions has been shown to affect positive behavioral change even in the absence of trained healthcare professionals.  So in the spring of 2012, HIPE kicks off their video design and production of Public Service Announcements.
Core Activities:

Throughout the year HIPE trains students to become Peer Health Educators (PHE).  Monthly HIPE Peer Health Educators delivers health workshops on reproductive health, personal hygiene, environmental protection, and tobacco control & prevention at their schools, orphanages and villages.  HIPE collaborates with physicians and healthcare professionals to provide free health check-up and medicines to poor children.  Finally, to engage youths and community members, HIPE Peer Health Educators regularly organize events such as International Coastal Clean Up Day for marine wildlife conservation, Earth Day to plant trees, pick up trash collection, Earth Hour for energy conservation, World Water Day to promote clean water access, issues and resources. HIPE is working hard with youths in villages, schools, and orphanages.  Annually, HIPE recruits and trains additional students selected from orphanages and schools.  Hence knowledge will continue spreading!  So come to join us in building healthy lives and creating healthy communities!

Up to Date Impacts:

  • 9,888 health knowledge tests administered to measure knowledge, attitudes and behavioral change
  • 7,603 students attended and learned from health workshops
  • 4,718 health posters & flyers created and distributed
  • 3,816 children received necessary health exams and medications
  • 3,499 toilet paper rolls delivered to poor schools
  • 1,984 eco/recycled bags distributed to children & families
  • 1,210 pounds/600 kg of trash collected
  • 106 gallons/400 liters of hands provided to poor schools to promote hand washing
  • 284 health workshops organized
  • 50 PSAs on health issues made & distributed, 22 trash bins created & distributed via school and community events/activities organized by youths
  • 54 young rural health educators have made ALL efforts above possible with $500/year supporting for their education, skills training & capacity building, & school/community activities


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