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Workplace-based Prevention and Employment and Supportive Services for High-Risk Individuals in Vietnam

To prevent HIV infection among high-risk individuals, the Workplace-Based Prevention and Employment and Supportive Services for High-Risk Individuals in Vietnam project provided employment opportunities and services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

To reduce risky behaviors, prevent HIV infection, and to provide employment opportunities and services for people living with HIV/AIDS and other high-risk individuals, the Workplace-Based Prevention and Employment and Supportive Services for High-Risk Individuals in Vietnam project worked with the Vietnamese government, as well as international and local private sector enterprises, to introduce comprehensive HIV prevention.

Chemonics supported the integration of condom social marketing in the workplace by implementing comprehensive workplace prevention programs, stigma reduction programs for peer educators, curriculum-based HIV prevention, and a referral service system for various enterprises. With its local partners, Chemonics supported the development of vocational training and employment systems that have led to greater employment for high risk individuals. The project also worked to create better risk reduction conditions in workplaces.

 
This chicken farmer is one of the direct beneficiaries of the HIV Workplace Project.
 
Aiming to reduce HIV-related risk behaviors among employees of enterprises, this project increased the number of workplaces adopting HIV prevention workplace policies and supports onsite HIV prevention programming. Project efforts increased the number of high-risk individuals who received vocational training, employment counseling, job placement assistance, and supportive services to improve retention. The project also provided technical support to microfinancing organizations that targeted high-risk individuals with microloans to improve livelihoods and access to health and social services.
 
Project Results:
  • Over 100,000 employees at 118 targeted enterprises in seven PEPFAR provinces completed HIV/AIDS prevention training programs
  • Contributed to national policy reform to increase support and opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS, including Decree 122/2011, which provides tax incentives for enterprises carrying out HIV/AIDS workplace-based prevention programs and recruitment of people living with HIV and high-risk individuals
  • Established lending relationships between microfinance institutions and communitybased organizations providing care to people living with HIV/AIDS, resulting in more than $100,000 lent to clients and a 98 percent repayment rate
  • Collaborated with multiple stakeholders and counterparts, including community-based self-help groups committed to developing training tools to promote information, education, and communication to ensure continuation of the most effective practices

To learn more, read the Final Report here.

Project Duration: 2008 - 2013

 

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