Major Activities of the APSW
From the small beginning in 1974, up
to the present day, the Emergency Home has provided assistance
to more than 50,000 women and children who come from all
parts of the country.
The Emergency Home provides temporary shelter, food and physical and mental
rehabilitation services for women and children. On any
given day, there are about 150 women and children sheltering
at the Emergency Home.
Within the Emergency Home, Women’s Clinic takes care of expectant mothers,
mostly young girls with unplanned pregnancies. These women
mainly stay throughout their pregnancy. Women’s Clinic
also offers hot line telephone services for consultation
on women’s reproductive health problems.
The Jimmy-Rosalynn Carter Women's Clinic and Nursery
On June 21, 1987, former U.S President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter presided over the founding ceremony of the We-Train Center. Mr Carter, as chairman of the Global 2000 Foundation donated one million Baht for the construction of the Women's Clinic.
Pregnant women and new mothers are cared for in the clinic. We can have anywhere up to 20 expectant mothers on any given day.
The Jimmy-Rosalynn Carter Women's Clinic also has a nursery section which can house up to 30 new born babies at any time. Some of these new borns have their mothers on site in the clinic. Other new borns live at the clinic while their mothers leave for work. In some cases the new borns are left with no mothers.
The Children’s Home looks after the children who accompany their mothers sheltered
at the Emergency Homes as well as those who are victims
of violence and abandonment.
In 1989 -- The Jimmy-Rosalynn Carter Women's Clinic and Nursery and The
Sasakawa Women's Education and Training Center were opened in their current
location, Don Muang, Bangkok.
Kanitnaree Center (Rape
Crisis Center) is the latest service
initiative of the APSW. Opened in October 2003, the Center,
fully equipped with a medical examination room and a one
way mirror, close circuit camera and recording, provides
sensitive care and assistance to rape victims.
The last three to four years have seen
an increasing number of HIV /AIDS cases seeking help from
the APSW. Services include counseling services, home visits
of AIDS patients in several communities and provision
of counseling, shelter and care. At present the facilities
could offer shelter to 30 patients. Close cooperation
has been secured with state hospitals in provision of
health care for these HIV/AIDS cases.
For the women and children sheltered
at the Emergency Homes, apart from the rehabilitation
services, the Women’s Education and
Training Center (WE-TRAIN) of the APSW also offers
opportunities for the women to undergo vocational skills
training according to their interests. Income-generating
activities based on the skills acquired are also organized
to empower them economically. Non-formal education at
primary and secondary levels is also offered as the APSW
is serving as a non-formal education center, in collaboration
with the Ministry of Education.
For children who require continued formal schooling, in
cases that they are removed from their family and sheltered
at the Emergency Home, arrangements for schooling are
made with a local school, situated nearby.
Youth Center is another major
activity of the APSW. Established almost a decade ago,
the Center caters for activities for youth in the vicinity
of the APSW as a means to instill in them proper attitudes
towards gender equality, social responsibility and abstinence
from drugs and alcohol. Among the APSW youth activities
that have been organized include youth camps and training
youth leaders in the area of reproductive health and rights
through working with schools in Bangkok.
The latest youth program that has been
launched since 2002 is the provision of reproductive health
information and reproductive rights awareness raising
activities as well as counseling in reproductive health
matters through Teen House, the Resource Center for Reproductive
Health and Reproductive Rights for adolescents. The Teen
House is situated in the downtown area of Bangkok.
The APSW also has its research arm
– the Gender and Development Research
Institute which carries out action research on
policy issues including policy advocacy to advance the
status of women and promote gender equality.
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