BE Stories

Ampha Chaisawas, an Executive Housekeeper in Klong Toey

“Excellent performance comes from the heart” says Ampha Chaisawas, the experienced Executive Housekeeper at Siam Kempinski Hotel. “My small hands can contribute to improving the health of our local communities. I’m not a doctor or a nurse, but I can help underprivileged people to get the correct medical treatment until they are cured. I can give them my free time and am proud to share my knowledge on TB and HIV with their families, neighbours and close-ones, because they need to protect themselves carefully from TB and HIV. I regularly visit Klong Toey to call on patients I’ve been looking after to check on their basic health conditions and schedule for their medical treatments. In case of a suspected TB case, I encourage family members to go to the Healthcare Centre for TB and/or HIV screening. When I visit patients in Klong Toey, I often burst into tears, as they make me aware that we are much needed. Patients smile and eat more when they see that there are still people who care for them.”

Our soul is for the benefit of mankind

Pongsak Klawthanong takes a central part in all health promotion events organised by BE Health. He knows how to make people listen to him, how to pass on his knowledge, how to encourage the community to protect themselves against TB and HIV and how to urge them to be screened. “BE Health is like a stage inviting you to share your voice and bringing communities together to fight against serious health issues”. A skilled, dynamic and talented concierge at Siam Kempinski Hotel in Bangkok, Khun Pongsak enjoys ensuring his guests have a memorable stay each and every time at the hotel and in his hometown. He applies his professional competence and dedication also in his work as a BE peer health educator. He strongly believes that people can only live peacefully and happily together by helping each other. “Our soul is for the benefit of mankind” states Pongsak. His commitment to caring for his people stands in the centre of his role as a peer health educator. Health care professionals and TB patients from the Klong Toey community don’t forget him easily, as he builds genuine relationships with his patients, encouraging them to keep up with their long treatments. Pongsak is a friend to them. What better way to be a friend than through helping them better themselves and take charge of their health?

TB Awareness raising at Victory Monument in Bangkok 12 June 2015

Based in Bangkok, AON Company (Thailand) attended its first health promotion event about TB and tobacco, together with Siam Kempinski Hotel. Organised by BE Health on 12 June at Victory Monument in Bangkok, 25 staff members from Siam Kempinski Hotel and about the same number of staff members from AON were trained by BE Health’s PHEs and enthusiastically participated in the event. Supported by the National TB Programme (NTP) and Thammasat University, this TB and anti-tobacco event aimed to check lungs through a spirometer and/or X-ray examinations and was labelled as an innovative health promotion model by the NTP. Approximately 400 citizens attended the event, of whom 104 were screened for TB and seven of whom were TB suspected.

Djibouti programme Up to Full Speed

With an estimation of more than 200 new tuberculosis cases every week, Djibouti’s citizens are almost used to living with the disease. Tuberculosis is part of their daily life and even called dahán (cough) amongst the Somali-speaking citizens. Most of the time, Djiboutians do not know what it implies to be infected by tuberculosis nor are they aware of its symptoms or the consequences of not completing a TB treatment course.
BE Health’s 22 peer educators in Djibouti reach out to colleagues at their workplace, family at home and their fellow community members to raise awareness about tuberculosis and HIV. Together, they connect with more than 300 people each month to pass on their knowledge and save TB patients who didn’t complete their six-month TB treatment course.
In collaboration with Djibouti’s Dr. Chakib Saad Omar tuberculosis hospital, BE Health’s peer educators will be instrumental in a locally designed programme to encourage patients to resume their medication.

Photo by Miriam Martinelli

Letter of Intent Signed with Healthcare Centre 41 from 70 Rai, Klong Toey

On 3 April 2015, BE Health signed a letter of intent with Healthcare Centre 41 to promote and foster health prevention and care in regards to tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, including the strengthening of the public health sector in Chumchon Mooban Pattana 70 Rai. BE Health also signed a letter of intent with Choomchon Mooban Pattana School to promote and foster health prevention through peer-to-peer education. BE Health trained 19 school students between 13 and 15 years old to become Youth Health Volunteers in their school and amongst their families and were certified the same day.

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