PITCH H&O Vietnam SCDI
PITCH H&O Vietnam SCDI
In Vietnam, the work on adolescent girls and young women started with a needs assessment of obstacles and barriers caused by (self)stigma, discrimination and legislation towards young women and adolescent girls who are highly exposed to HIV. This will inform the advocacy agenda for 2017 and 2018. A strong focus will be on empowering leadership among AGYW, strengthening their capacity to demand good quality services and advocate for change, and mobilizing the communities in favour or SRHR of AGYW.
Five provinces: Hanoi, Hai Phong, Thai Nguyen, Nghe An and Hochiminh City
The work on adolescent girls and young women contributes to the following ToC outcomes:
S1.1: Increased understanding about the needs of KPs and AGYW, and reduced stigma of key opinion makers towards them.
S1.2: Improved awareness on legislation and the right to equal opportunities for KPs and AGYW.
S2: Advocacy agenda set and evidence based: SRHR in education; commitment to social health insurance; voluntary drug treatment; reviewing the Healthcare
M1: Strong united voice within and among KPs and AGYW advocating for their rights and needs.
M3.1: Increased demand for health and legal services.
Adolescent Girls and Young Women
PITCH seeks to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organisations to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and uphold the human rights of key populations. Our work centres around key populations, adolescent girls and young women in nine countries in East, West and Southern Africa, South-East Asia, and Central Europe. These communities in many contexts carry the main HIV burden. At the same time, they are often neglected in the HIV response and face many barriers in accessing HIV and SRH services as well as human rights violations. PITCH addresses this urgent gap, and is reactive and responsive to local needs/urgencies that have been identified in its geographical foci.
In Vietnam, the total number of known people living with HIV is 227,154. The actual number of infections may be larger, since a significant number of at-risk and vulnerable people to HIV are not tested, but it is estimated that at least 80% of those infected know their status. The proportion of
female HIV cases among all cases reported has been steadily increasing from around 10% of infections in the early 1990s to 35% of all infections in 2015. Intimate partner transmission from high-risk men to their spouses or regular sexual partners contributes to approximately half of the newly reported HIV cases among women. Mother-to-child transmission accounted for 2.8% of newly diagnosed cases in 2015. The cumulative number of AIDS related deaths is over 86,700.