Kenan Institute Asia fights to create healthy communities wherever we work, from stopping the spread of infectious diseases to providing communities with the tools and knowledge to protect themselves. Non-communicable diseases take 8.5 million lives every year in Asia. Developing nations are exposed to these diseases, as healthcare systems are already stretched. With populations in Southeast Asia continually rising, countries will be increasingly at risk. Moreover, public health outbreaks are set to become progressively complex and challenging. Kenan has extensive experience working with public and private sector partners on the eradication and control of infectious diseases like malaria and avian and pandemic influenza, while also implementing behavior change programming to prevent lifestyle diseases, with a particular emphasis on school-based behavior change and elderly care communication programming.
Student at Ban Mae Usu Witthaya School
After joining this Global Fund youth camp, I understand malaria much more. One of the camp officers taught us a simple song for recognizing signs of malaria. Now I know what to look for and what to do in an emergency. We learned about the disease’s causes and symptoms, and how to prevent it.