Since the beginning of 2010, in addition to strengthening the medical system, the SFE has extended its support to the most disadvantaged populations in Attapeu province through community health development projects. The main objective is to help communities improve their living conditions and ensure their socio-economic situation.
33 villages were supported, representing approximately 14,000 villagers.
For this reason, an important part of the projects relies on the establishment of village management committees, including men and women, who are trained to plan, supervise the implementation of activities developed by the villagers and manage collective decision-making.
After villager needs assessment, activities are implemented according to an action plan specifically developed by each village. The villagers are then trained by the SFE teams to carry out the activities.
Les domaines d’intervention sont souvent récurrents dans les villages :
The impact of the 3 phases of the community project is clearly visible in the supported villages. The population claims to be in much better health. Severe malnutrition in children under 5 years of age has been reduced by 50%, and chronic malnutrition by 23%. Parasitic infections have decreased by 50%. Toilet use has become a widespread habit, with the project having built more than 1000 latrines in addition to water systems built or repaired and water filters. Families now have access to a diversified and richer diet thanks to the vegetables and fruits from their vegetable garden. The sale of some products on the local market enables them to buy rice in case the annual production is not sufficient to cover the family’s needs.