Earlier this month I returned to Laos to continue work on a couple of projects there. Village Focus International and a local government hospital sponsored a three-day workshop in Pakse (Southern Laos) on health and human trafficking for health care professionals and other key stakeholders. On the first day, two colleagues presented on general topics of trafficking in persons and introduced a draft of a manual that will standardize care for trafficked people. The other two days I presented a full workshop on the holistic care of trafficked people as well as how health care providers can uniquely address human trafficking in their setting. Approximately 32 doctors, nurses, social workers, and other stakeholders attended the workshop and if I can judge by the response and interactions from the participants, everyone took home a few nuggets of knowledge. I’ve been asked to return to present the same workshop at another venue in September.
A group of us are currently developing the aforementioned manual to standardize care of trafficked people in hospitals, clinics, and aftercare organizations. It is truly a privilege to work alongside with these professionals who truly care about doing their best to care for the exploited. Indeed it is a time of mutual learning as I’m taking in so much about the country, the culture, the government. and the situation of trafficking there.
Furthermore, I’ve recently joined a group of researchers addressing human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases along the infrastructure rapidly developing throughout the country. Hopefully, this will turn into a long-term engagement and that real fruit will come of it.
If you are interested in learning more about the two-day workshop that I have developed, please contact me through this blog or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop can be modified to fit into whatever schedule you have or modified to fit a certain type of audience.