Produced by Dr. Pascale Hancart Petitet as part of the HEALTH Expertise France project, this film illustrates the conditions, issues and challenges involved in implementing a forum theater on health issues in remote villages in southern Laos, as well as the positive reactions it provokes.

Conducted by Dr. Pascale Hancart Petitet (IRD researcher at the TransVIHMI international joint research unit) and Dr. Vanphanom Sychareun from the University of Health Sciences of Laos (Vientiane, Lao PDR), the HEALTH (Helpful Efficient, Accessible, Low Cost, Timely Health Action) Expertise France project aims to design and implement an intervention model to improve access for women, children and adolescents to maternal and child health (MCH), and to the prevention and treatment of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. It is the source of various methodological innovations, including the use of forum theater.  

Resulting from a collaboration between junior researchers from the University of Health Sciences of Laos and members of the Takieng Lao theater troupe, the experiment was carried out in very isolated villages in the south of the country to address issues linked to the stigmatization and discrimination of HIV-positive people, difficulties in accessing care during childbirth, and modes of contamination with tuberculosis.

This film, directed by Pascale Hancart Petitet, shows the methods, issues and challenges involved in implementing forum theater, as well as the enthusiasm, fun and laughter it provokes.

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Contact :

Pascale Hancart Petitet, Senior researcher at IRD