VILLAGE HEALTH VOLUNTEERS’ WINNING AWARD WORK IN
COMMUNITY HEALTH MANAGEMENT



TITLE : Preventing and Solving the Addictive Problems at Baan Go Daeng, Srisaket Province

CATEGORIES : Preventing and Solving the Addictive Problems in Community     YEAR : 2014

AUTHOR(S) : CHANISA THONGSUTTI, MS.

ADDRESS : Baan Go Daeng, and later extended to Tambon level (Som Poy), Rasri Salai district, Srisaket province.

SUMMARY

Addictives is one of current social problems and its trend is in the elevation of numbers of smokers, drinkers, and addictive receivers. This work aimed to strengthen community networks and strengthen people and youths to leave addictive problems, beginning from village level at Baan Go Daeng, and later extended to Tambon level (Som Poy), Rasri Salai district, Srisaket province. Operation plan had been processed following the trigonal theory ; committee, activities and funds, between 2012-2013. It was shown that the alcohol-free funeral event project launched in 12 villages of Tambon Som Poy (from 17 villages), resulted in decreasing of drinker numbers from 4,854 to 2,376 persons (from 142 to 86 person in Baan Go village). The youth project against addictives, resulted in the formation of 85 youth leaders and 51 village leaders to process activities against addictives in households, schools, and villages. In 2013, 4 campaigns of activities launched against addictives had been operated, and miscellaneous shops’ sellers of the community were informed to sell alcohols and cigarettes according to state’s rules.

SITUATION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROBLEM

Addictives has been stated as a main problem of Tambon Som Poy, Rasri Salai district, Srisaket province, affecting directly to social and criminal problems, and people life quality. In 2012, information indicated that 23 youths and puberties (10-24 year old, accounted as 19.6%) were smokers, whereas 5 persons were indicated to involve with other serious addictives. Alcohol problem has been also claimed in 35 youths and puberties (10-24 year old, accounted as 28.9%). Interestingly, alcohol drinking has been deeply consolidated with community’s culture such as funeral event, religious ceremony, etc. In addition, community’s miscellaneous shop owners/sellers did not concern to follow state’s rules indicated.

FRAMEWORK(S) /SCOPE

To contribute the operation project within the area of Tambon Som Poy, Rasri Salai district, Srisaket province, in 2012-2013.

OBJECTIVE(S)

To implement addictive preventing and solving program, aimed to youths and puberties (10-24 year old) as holistic approach.

PROCEDURE

Planning and Working Teams ;  ;Operation plan led from collaborative meeting of community’s leaders, VHVs, and health offices of Tambon health promoting hospital, Tambon Som Poy, using trigonal theory ; committee, activities and funds. VHVs teams had been conducted to carry out each project in their village (17 villages).

The New Generation Youth Leaving Addictives Project ; This aimed to the formation of youth and community leaders to launch activities against addictives in households, schools and villages.

The Youth Project to Serve Family’s Happiness ; The project aimed to form youth leaders and youth networks to do activities against addictives.

The Alcohol-Free Funeral Event Project The project engaged with the initiation of alcohol-free funeral event, beginning at Baan Go village, and then extended to other villages of Tambon Som Poy.

The Alcohol-Free Community’s Event Project This was carried out as the 84-Year Anniversary’s His Majesty the King, to provide alcohol-free community’s events, especially in monastery and governmental offices.

Campaigns Against Addictives Four campaigns to promote and convince people to address the significance of addictive problems were launched within the community.

ASSESSMENT

Assessing Indicators  :  • Decreased numbers of alcohol drinkers and alcohol-free funeral events.
• Numbers of youth and village leaders to work against addictive in the community, as well as the networks.
• Numbers of miscellaneous shops’ sellers informed to sell alcohols and cigarets according to state’s rules.
• Severity of social and criminal problems in accordance to the addictives.

Out-Puts ;  • The alcohol-free funeral event project resulted in decreasing of drinker numbers from 4,854 to 2,376 persons (from 142 to 86 person in Baan Go village), and alcohol-free funeral event has been formulated as community’s culture.
• Numbers of 85 youth leaders and 51 village leaders, were formed from the youth project against addictives, in which they had to carry out activities against addictives in households, schools, and villages.
• Four campaigns of activities launched against addictives had been operated, and all miscellaneous shops’ sellers of the community were informed to sell alcohols and cigarettes under state’s rules.
• Trend of social and criminal problems in the community has been significantly decreased.

Out-Comes ;  Alcohol, one of addictive problems initially began to be successfully solves. The success of alcohol-free funeral event, implemented through community culture would able be implied to other community’s events.

The process to solve addictive problems as holistic approach, dealt with the strengthening of community cooperative networks, formation of youth and village leaders against addictives, engaged with community’s culture, and continuous launching campaigns, resulted to succeed as presented the trend to decrease social and criminal problems of the community.

FACTORS EFFECTING ITS SUCCESSFULNESS

Author MS. CHANISA THONGSUTTI, deserved herself as a village health volunteer since 2005, and provided continuous helpful activity to her community, and her self-determination to solve community’s addictive problems, is a key point to achieve successfulness.

Mentor team Academic supports and advisory action from health officers of Tambon health promoting hospital, Tambon Som Poy.

Working team Strength and unity of village health volunteers (VHVs) teams.

AUTHOR’S RESUME

MS. CHANISA THONGSUTTI ; Age 47 years, Duration of deserved as VHV : 10 years.