PITCH Sex Work Vietnam SCDI

PITCH Sex Work Vietnam SCDI

Project

The Centre for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) addresses stigma at health care centres by publishing a manual on friendly health services for interested parties. The Vietnamese Network of Sex Workers (VNSW) receives assistance in developing communication channels to reach advocacy objectives. SCDI's priority in the PITCH programme is to work closely with policy and decision makers to ensure the realisation of the rights of sex workers. VNSW and SCDI facilitate partnerships between sex work-groups and local and national governing bodies to cooperate in implementing harm reduction interventions for sex workers.

Project details

Time frame
30 September 2016 - 30 December 2020
Budget
€ 845,198
Active in
Vietnam

Objectives

Partners under PITCH aim to beat the AIDS epidemic in countries that are most affected by HIV. If sex workers have equal access to HIV-related and sexual and reproductive services, if equal and full rights for sex workers are realised and if a strong civil society exists then sex workers will be able to work under safe conditions. Specific outcomes of SCDI's work include addressing stigma at health care centres, working closely with policy and decision makers to ensure sex workers’ rights and increasing the demand for- and access to services.

Community groups

The work of SCDI and VNSW reaches and includes 32 sex worker-led community based organisations in 21 provinces of Vietnam.

Background

In Vietnam sex work is criminalised and sex workers are subject to violence committed by police, clients, brothel owners and pimps. Legal support for sex workers is limited, leading to underreporting on incidents and lack of law enforcement. Sex worker friendly health services are only available in major cities and ART access is challenging.

The overall HIV prevalence in Vietnam is relatively low (0.4%), however the HIV epidemic is concentrated in a number of high-risk populations such as female sex workers, people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men. HIV prevalence under female sex workers is estimated at 2.7% with in some regions HIV prevalence exceeding 10%. 18.3% of men who have sex with men are engaged in sex work. Despite the number of new HIV infections having declined during recent years, prevention programmes did not reach 40% of the high-risk population.

Goals

< 200,000 new HIV infections globally
20%
Contributed within this project
Awareness, support in society, and full funding of the AIDS and STI response
60%
Contributed within this project
Everyone living with HIV worldwide receives treatment
20%
Contributed within this project

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