Building capacity and community resilience to HIV: a project designed, implemented, and evaluated by young Lao people

Hoy, D., Southavilay, K., Chanlivong, N., Phimphachanh, C., Douangphachanh, V. and Toole, M. J. (2008) Building capacity and community resilience to HIV: a project designed, implemented, and evaluated by young Lao people. Global Public Health, 3 1: 47-61. doi:10.1080/17441690701192022


Author Hoy, D.
Southavilay, K.
Chanlivong, N.
Phimphachanh, C.
Douangphachanh, V.
Toole, M. J.
Title Building capacity and community resilience to HIV: a project designed, implemented, and evaluated by young Lao people
Journal name Global Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-1692
1744-1706
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17441690701192022
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 47
End page 61
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
920401 Behaviour and Health
111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract A partnership was formed between a mass youth organization, a national HIV coordinating committee, and an international agency, to implement an HIV capacity building project in the youth sector of Lao PDR. Involving the local community in situation analysis, planning and skills-building was a key focus of the project. District project working teams were trained in situation analysis, strategic planning, proposal development, and the implementation of HIV prevention activities. Young village volunteers were trained in participatory research, analysis, and behaviour change communication to promote HIV prevention. After 6 years, the partnership used qualitative methods to evaluate the local outcomes of the project. We found that district project working teams and young volunteers had improved skills in the areas in which they had been trained. Communities and local government workers had developed greater understanding of the HIV situation in their districts, and expressed a strong sense of ownership over their activity plans. Young people more readily acknowledged personal risk of HIV infection and were more comfortable talking about sexually transmitted infections. Although there were challenges to sustaining project activities in some areas, we found that our approach helped to engage youth and build their resilience to HIV in this country of low prevalence.
Keyword HIV
Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic
Youth
Hiv Prevention
Personal Risk
Resilient Response
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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