Service Fraternel d'Entraide
The Service Fraternel d’Entraide is a French NGO which has been implementing rural development and health projects in Laos since 1998. Our commitment is for the long term, our representatives are qualified professionals who learn the language and culture so as to be close to the Laotians in order to respond better to the issues encountered. Our Vision : Our dream is that every Laotian may live in good health and develop his full potential amid his community. Our Mission : Reinforce healthcare and improve the life conditions of the rural Laotian communities. Our Approach is :
- Holistic – the individual is at the centre of our projects as he has the potential to change his community. All the aspects of his life are taken into account and situations are dealt with as a whole.
- Participatory – the needs expressed are transformed into collective action, with the support of our teams.
- Sustainable – transmitting knowledge impacts a whole life and the life of others. That is why we invest in key people capable of acting and motivating their community.
- Professional – qualification leads to progress more rapidly. Through lifelong learning programs or access to qualifying trainings, we reinforce local competencies for an impact on the whole society.
- Local – side by side, we learn from each other and build together with trust and mutual aid
Quality Health Services : Our support in health is focused in two provincial hospitals, Xekong and Salavan, 3 district hospitals and 8 Health Centres. Staff from these health facilities being supported will receive on-the-job trainings local and international health experts comprising of 1 doctor and 2 midwifes. Furthermore, material support will also be provided which will help these facilities to improve the services being offered to the population and improve coordination between the different levels of the health hierarchy. Both projects are due to end and would be renewed for a further 3-year period. A new project is to be initiated in Attapeu in 2020. The School of Nursing in Attapeu has requested SFE to support them in strengthening the quality of their services to the national accreditation standard (better teaching, suitable facilities, improved management). This project would be implemented in coordination with the management team of the school which receives support from the health authorities at provincial and national levels. It will involve a team of 4 national staff and 2 international nurses. Healthy Communities : Sixteen villages from Xekong and Salavan provinces will benefit from the community development projects of SFE. The communities will be engaged in the development activities of their villages, will be taught to identify their assets and needs, and draft their development plans for areas such as agriculture, water and sanitation, basic health and education etc. This will be done with the support of our national team and 3 internationals (nurse, agriculture specialist and project administrator). A multi-year collaboration with an organization, TerraClear, has led to a collaborative joint project in 2020. TerraClear produces and sells low-cost ceramic water filters to rural communities which are offered on a 6 month installment payment basis. Whilst most could afford these filters, the poorest cannot afford them. This partnership between SFE and TerraClear facilitates TerraClear to identify 10,000 poorest families and provide them a voucher to buy a highly subsidized filter and also provide them training on safe water and sanitation including hand washing. SFE will engage 1 international development expert for this project. Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities : As previously identified in the Annual Review of 2019, social inclusion of people with disabilities (PWD) is a focus area that SFE would be engaged. In Attapeu, training will be provided to the District Office of Social Welfare to identify and assess the needs of PWDs. They will then be linked to supporting structures such as rehabilitation centres, vocational training schools and organizations of people with disabilities (OPD). Through this initiative, communities will be empowered for improved social inclusion of PWDs. SFE is also honoured to be partnering with one of the few mental health specialists in the country, Dr Chantharavady who will train medical staff at village and district levels to detect and treat people with psychosocial issues. Through this project, training will be provided to affected patients on income generating activities.