Improving Health Care for Ethnic Minority Populations through Pre-Service Training in Viet Nam: A Systems-Based Approach
With funding from Atlantic Philanthropies, this project aims to improve access to high-quality, culturally appropriate health care in mountainous and underserved areas where many ethnic minorities live, and to address equity issues for these groups. By partnering with two medical universities and five medical colleges/secondary medical schools, Pathfinder works to reinforce medical education with an emphasis on primary health care needs of minority populations. The project also promotes ethnic minority student representation in medical education, so graduates can return and serve their underrepresented communities.
Pathfinder has developed and published the Medical Anthropology Curriculum which aims to sensitize students to the social and cultural determinants of health. Additionally, existing curricula were “spiked” with ethnic minority case studies. Results of a mid-term evaluation showed that the project’s design and implementation are effective. Throughout the past six months, the project intensified its advocacy effort for policy change and improvements that promote enrollment, recruitment, and retention of ethnic minority medical students, as well as meaningful participation of ethnic minorities in the medical profession.
In this project, Pathfinder is addressing sexual and reproductive health issues for youth in Viet Nam using life-skills based HIV education in schools and the community.
With a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Pathfinder implemented a one-year pilot project to target ethnic minority populations in the Central Highlands and Northern Mountains regions of Viet Nam with health messages.
Strengthening Sustainability of High Quality HIV Pre-Service Training in Hai Phong and of Integrated Supervision for HIV Care and Treatment in Viet Nam
Pathfinder is implementing this project to support capacity-building for local partners in areas of palliative care, methadone maintenance therapy, and anti-retroviral therapy.
In partnership with Mobile Kunji and Mobile Academy, Pathfinder is rolling out a training program for thousands of community health workers who will increase the demand and practice of priority maternal and neonatal health behaviors in Bihar, India.
With support from Johnson & Johnson, Pathfinder launched a health learning program for in- and out-of-school youth in Can Tho city and Thai Nguyen province to change attitudes and improve knowledge about HIV through life skills-based education.