The Far Away from Home Club: HIV Prevention and Policy Implementation Feedback for Migrant and Mobile Populations in the Mekong River Delta, Viet Nam

Advocacy Materials
32 p.

This publication describes a successful component of the HIV prevention and control efforts for mobile populations in Can Tho province, The Far Away from Home Club. This Club is organized by a Provincial Multi-sectoral Team, under the leadership of the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Trade Union of Viet Nam. The Club empowers members of mobile populations such as sex workers and internal migrants to provide peer support opportunities for women working in street-based and established sex services by providing life-skills training focusing on assertiveness and decision-making, coupled with training on the development of advocacy skills and plans, and launching advocacy activities on issues that affect its members. Throughout the duration of the project, a core team of 10 peer educators have supported over 60 club members; they have received and shared information and skills that reduce their likelihood of exposure to HIV. These members return to their social networks and informally share their knowledge and skills to hundreds of people every month.

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