Project NamJai is an overseas community service project led by students from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). Established in 2017, we are an interventions-based project which aims to address healthcare gaps within the rural community in Vientiane province, Laos.
The word “NamJai” directly translates to “Water from the Heart” in Lao. This can be broken down to mean compassion, hope and spirituality. It describes a passion to serve from the heart and has come to shape the values that we hope the members of the project will be strive to embody in our service to the underprivileged Laotian community. Therefore “Water from the Heart”, when translated into action, manifests itself as “Service with a Heart”.
Project Namjai framework
The objectives of Project NamJai are abbreviated by the acronym “LAOS”:
“LOOK”: identify the health and healthcare needs of villagers in rural Laos;
“ADDRESS”: execute interventions to address these needs;
“OBSERVE”: conduct robust monitoring and evaluation to measure the efficacy of these interventions;
“SUSTAIN”: build community capacity and empower villagers to execute these interventions in the long-run.
Till date, Project NamJai has embarked on 4 trips to Laos, and quickly worked to establish our presence in 4 different villages – Pong Song Village, Hin Tit Village, Houay Dok Mai Village and Phon Thong Village in Hin Heub District. Through establishing genuine connections with the villagers, Project NamJai strives to go above and beyond the routine health screenings, to focus on sustainable health education and thus ensure more meaningful changes in the healthcare-seeking behaviours of the villagers.