HIV Prevention in Communities of Northeast Thailand funded by: RCC
Data from HIV surveillance shows that prevalence has been increasing for some populations due to unsafe sex practices. The newly-infected may not be knowledgeable about prevention, and the new generation may have new attitudes about heedless sex. Thus, it is important to work more intensively with youth on a continuous basis. Thailand has received on-going support from the Global Fund through the Rolling Continuing Channel (RCC) under the project entitled: Aligning Care and Prevention of HIV/AIDS with Government Decentralization to Achieve Coverage and Impact : ACHIEVED. This Project has the goal of reducing HIV among youth and sustaining safe behavior through integrating prevention into the routine activities of the localities, provinces and central agencies.
1. To improve knowledge, attitudes and skills of youth regarding safe sex and living in harmony with persons living with HIV/AIDS;
2. To support youth access to condoms;
3. To develop the sexual health system, prevention, and care of HIV/AIDS to that they are linked, continuous and systematically managed in the provincial and local areas;
4. To establish and strengthen coordination strategies to mobilize resources at the local and provincial levels to support prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS in a way that is consistent with national devolution.
The RCC-Prevention Project focuses on the Tambon (sub-district) and the following activities targeting youth:
1. Training to increase youth knowledge using community resource persons (including youth and adults);
2. HIV prevention at the Tambon level;
3. Experience-exchange forums among youth in the Tambon;
4. Awareness-raising and counseling by the Tambon health service outlet; free distribution of condoms for youth (by youth resource persons, volunteers, youth peer leaders) and through various ad hoc activities. The condoms are procured with funds from the Global Fund and from other sources, such as the provincial chief medical office, and the Tambon administrative organization (TAO).
1. Establish and convene meetings of a Tambon AIDS task force comprised of representatives from various organizations including the TAO, village health volunteers, NGOs, hospitals, health centers, schools, youth peer leaders, etc. This task force has the responsibility to raise opinions and brainstorm on guidelines for implementation to reduce HIV infection among youth in the Tambon;
2. Development of a handbook and capacity building for community resource persons to disseminate knowledge to youth and members of the community. These topics include AIDS, reproductive health, counseling techniques, communication skills, and writing project proposals to seek grant funding from, for example, the TAO. This activity involves the production of education media such as leaflets and posters, and use of the provincial and community radio broadcast
3. . Collaborative action with the TAO/municipality by inviting the local leaders of these organizations to participate in meetings and activities of the Project to improve attitudes about AIDS and to jointly develop the health plan of the Tambon. The goal is to integrate AIDS into the routine planning process of the TAO/municipality to ensure that local budget is allocated for activities and, in this way, contribute to sustainability of the Project interventions.
Source of funds:
Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria through the National AIDS Management Center of the Department for Disease Control of the Ministry of Public Health