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Participatory Development Training Centre, Lao PDR

» http://www.padetc.org/       PADETC started life as the RIFS (Rice-based Integrated Farming System) Project back in 1980. The main focus of its work was in the area of food security for poor rural communities in the aftermath of the Vietnam war.      By 1992, their work had expended from improvement of agricultural techniques as organic fertilizers and green manure  to support of bottom-up multi- sectoral rural development planning.       At the end of 1996, more than ten years after the RIFS project was first started, RIFS requested to be recognized as an official training institution and PADETC was formally set up. PADETC with its extensive grass-root development experience began to streamline its work with human resource development for sustainable development and poverty reduction as its mandate.       Since then, PADETC has grown, both in size and quality. Now it mainly plays the role of facilitator, trainer, model-builder and advocator for poverty reduction and, more importantly, poverty prevention. Its programs are all interlinked and highly synergistic.     PADECT attended the first Thailand's National Health Assembly in 2008 with a great interest in the agenda of agriculture and food security.

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Australia

» http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/       The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, best known as VicHealth, works in partnership with organisations, communities and individuals to make health a central part of our daily lives.       The focus of our work is on promoting good health and preventing ill-health.       Today, we have a broader understanding of health than ever before. How much you earn, your social position, your level of literacy or your capacity to be involved in sport or creative activities that help connect you to others in your community are as important to determining your health and wellbeing as the medical care you receive when ill.       We also know that in the industrialised world the greatest burden of disease is related to illness that can be prevented through lifestyle changes. In Australia, chronic diseases cause 80% of the total burden; and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer all have poor nutrition and physical inactivity as important risk factors.       Promoting health by fostering change in social, economic, cultural and physical environments underpins our mission. Of course, raising awareness is important to achieve change, both for individuals and the community. We aim to build opportunities for people to be informed, learn new skills, have greater access to activities that promote good health, and share healthier environments.

World Health Organization

» http://www.who.int/       WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.       In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats.

International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)

» http://www.iaia.org/       IAIA is the International Association for Impact Assessment, the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects.       IAIA was organized in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world. IAIA involves people from many disciplines and professions. Our members include corporate planners and managers, public interest advocates, government planners and administrators, private consultants and policy analysts, university and college teachers and their students.       One of the unique features of IAIA is the mix of professions represented, which provides outstanding opportunities for interchange: to advance the state of the art and science of impact assessment in applications ranging from local to global to develop international and local capability to anticipate, plan and manage the consequences of development to enhance the quality of life for all.       IAIA activities seek to (1) develop approaches and practices for comprehensive and integrated impact assessment, (2) improve assessment procedures and methods for practical application, (3) promote training of impact assessment and public understanding of the field, (4) provide professional quality assurance by peer review and other means, and (5) share information networks, timely publications, and professional meetings.

People's Health Movement

» http://www.phmovement.org/       The People´s Health Movement (PHM) has its roots deep in the grassroots people's movement and owes its genesis to many health networks and activists who have been concerned by the growing inequities in health over the last 25 years. The PHM calls for a revitalisation of the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration which promised Health for All by the year 2000 and complete revision of international and domestic policy that has shown to impact negatively on health status and systems.

Tzu Chi Foundation, Taiwan

» http://www.tzuchi.org/       Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen on the poor east coast of Taiwan. For over 43 years, the foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan and around the world. From the first 30 members, housewives who saved two cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor, the foundation has volunteers in 47 countries , with 372 offices worldwide.       Master Cheng Yen firmly believes that suffering in this world is caused not only by material deprivation but, more importantly, also by spiritual poverty. She feels that the lack of altruistic love for others has been the root of many problems in this world. Thus, the foundation’s guiding principle on charity is to “help the poor and educate the rich.”       Tzu Chi’s missions focus on giving material aid to the needy and inspiring love and humanity to both givers and receivers. In addition to charity, the foundation dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief work and the establishment a marrow donor registry. It also promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. Through helping those in need, Tzu Chi volunteers take on the path of bodhisattva practices, the way to Buddhahood.

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