Tung speaks out on COVID-19

Tung speaks out on COVID-19

Follow the story of Doan Thanh Tung (Tung), Executive Director at Lighthouse in Vietnam, as he shares how the COVID-19 crisis impacts the LGBTIQ people who face domestic stigma and violence from their family members, cannot access medicines and maintain treatment, and more. Learn about Lighthouse actions in response to these new challenges and what they need from the Vietnam government to support their work. Lighthouse is currently partnering with Aidsfonds, Mpact and COC Nederland via the Bridging the Gaps 2 programme and with Aidsfonds, Mpact and Mainline under the Young, Wild and Free project. 

We need your help in sharing Tung's story on social media. Like, share and comment on Tung's lasted video Tweet here and his LinkedIn post here

Tung's story is part of our campaign 'Communities speak out on COVID-19'. Access all stories here

A talk with Tom van den Nieuwenhuijzen (Member of Parliament Dutch Green Party/Groenlinks)

A talk between Tung and Dutch parliamentarian Tom van den Nieuwenhuijzen (Groenlinks) about the position of LGBTIQ people in Vietnam and the impact of #COVID19. Watch the video now. 

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A true HIV & LGBTI activist

Mr. Doan Thanh Tung is executive director at Lighthouse. Tung has over 10-year experiences working for young, vulnerable and marginalised communities as a community health worker, a researcher and HIV & LGBTI activist in the fields of community, stigma and discrimination, sexuality, SRHR and HIV/AIDS in Vietnam. Tung has received numerous awards for his contribution to the community, notably the Red Ribbon Award from the Vietnam Network of People Living with HIV (VNP), the Young Achiever - Asia and Pacific Hero Award and the 30 under 30 Forbes Vietnam 2020.

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Lighthouse is one of the first and largest registered community-based organisations led by and working with young LGBTI community in Vietnam. They aim to empower the community with strong capacity and voices to advocate for their rights and equity, and do so by providing direct services to improve access and utilisation of sexual and mental health care and build an inclusive and cohesive community to ensure no one is left behind.

Lighthouse's vision is a sustainable future of health and equity for all young LGBTIs in Vietnam. This is focused on four main areas: 1) Promoting sexual health and reducing the number of new HIV infections among LGBTI community; 2) Advocating for the rights of LGBTI community;  3) Building capacity and fostering the movement development of the LGBTI community; 4) Implementing community participatory studies.

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Tung speaks out on COVID-19

Listen to the story of Tung as he speaks out on the challenges Lighthouse faces due to the COVID-19 circumstances. Action is needed to secure the health and safety of LGBTIQ community in Vietnam. 

Help spread the voices

We appeal to everyone to share this community voice to ensure that marginalised communities are not left behind. You can contribute by sharing this page on social media using the hashtag #HIVCOVID19 or by creating your own videos.  

Like, share and comment on Tung's lasted video Tweet here and his LinkedIn post here

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More on COVID-19 and HIV

The COVID-19 pandemic is strongly affecting the HIV response. Local and regional partners face increased difficulties to reach their communities in need. Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Visit our COVID-19 page to learn how the AIDS response is affected and working in the current circumstances. 

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