Plan Asia’s communications intern, Ri Hyon Ok, blogs about her experiences so far.
Week 2 (and a bit):
This is already my third week at Plan. During the time I’ve been here I‘ve learnt a lot of new things that I previously took for granted.
On 19 November 19, World Toilet Day, I was made aware of the problem of poor sanitation, which affects at least 1 billion people worldwide. According to Hilda Winartasaputra, WASH specialist of Plan, 60% of these people live in Asia, practicing open defecation, which results in major health risks, especially for women and children who are vulnerable to diseases such as cholera, etc. This number shocked me. I didn’t realize that so many lived in such conditions.
This together with World Pneumonia Day highlights the importance of Plan’s work and its connections with other NGOs and government bodies in reducing their serious problems.
The seriousness of the problem is clear when we that pneumonia is the world’s leading killer of children under age 5, killing 1,300,000 children a year, responsible for nearly 1 in 5 child deaths globally.
Looking at another topic, I also went to the Thai PBS studio with John B. Trew, the youth development specialist of Plan, and was interested in the interview which took place on the subject of youth employment in Asia, especially in Thailand.
All the above issues seem very difficult to solve but the tools are within our reach and we need to cooperate with all relevant organisations in order to push programmes forward and do whatever we can to improve the lives of many people.