Four additional countries have joined the Global Early Adolescent Study bridging Latin America, Francophone Africa and Southeast Asia.
Vietnam Joins GEAS Phase #1: Through support from the Vietnam office of UNFPA, Hanoi, Vietnam is officially part of the GEAS. The UNFPA gender program coordinator, Hien Phan, said “the issues that are the focus of the Global Early Adolescent Study are of critical importance for Vietnam.” Vu Manh Loi PhD and the Institute for Sociology will serve as the site PI and study base. Professor Vu received his PhD in sociology from the University of Washington and has an illustrious reputation leading many studies of youth in Vietnam including both SAVY 1 and 2— the Survey Assessment of Vietnamese Youth undertaken in 2004 and again in 2009.
Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of the Congo join GEAS: With support anticipated from the Gates Foundation, two Francophone countries of sub-Saharan Africa will join Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Their engagement will begin in early 2015. The Burkina Faso team will be headed by Georges Guiella of the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) of the University of Ouagadougou. Discussions are currently underway with colleagues in Kinshasa to identify the lead researcher in the DRC.
Bolivia to join GEAS: Through support from Save the Children and UNFPA, Bolivia will join the GEAS in 2015. Bolivia will be the first Latin American site for the GEAS; and the study site will be in Cochabamba. Dr. Edgar Valdez will serve as the site lead. Dr. Valdez is the director of the Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano