Thailand: Helping Tribal Minorities Integrate into Society

Undergraduate students from the College of Liberal Arts and Georgia Baptist College of Nursing recently spent 20 days in Thailand working in Northern Thailand supporting efforts to provide education and health care to the hill tribe minority peoples in the cities of Lampang and Chiang Mai. Led by Dr. William Bina, dean of the Mercer School of Medicine, the students studied courses in Global Health, and Health Systems and Policy. Much of the students’ work was in support of the both the Thai government’s and non-governmental organization’s efforts to provide education and health care to this underserved population.  By teaching English in Lampang’s Welfare and Vocational Training School for Women, Mercer students helped young girls to speak with Americans and practice English skills essential for securing jobs in Thailand.