Bridging borders in Southeast Asia: the politics of HIV prevention for women

Aidscaptions. 1995 Nov;2(3):28-31.


PIP: Participants in a workshop on "Women, Family, and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Prevention," held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in July 1995, developed a cross-border strategy for stemming the spread of the epidemic across Southeast Asia. Regional economic growth, new trade initiatives, and growing openness between countries are facilitating increased population movement among the neighboring countries of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam, and China's Yunnan Province. Workshop participants, representing all of these countries, agreed that AIDS prevention projects for Southeast Asian women work best in family and community settings. Although representatives from neighboring countries were impressed with Thailand's programs created for or initiated by commercial sex workers, they were pessimistic about the potential for replication in settings where prostitution is outlawed. Also remarkable to participants was the collective strength of Thai AIDS victims, who have implemented their own support strategies. Policy advocacy, including building intergovernmental relationships that foster collaboration, was considered an essential step to slowing the AIDS epidemic in the region. Creation of a health care workers' network within and between countries and formation of cross-border committees were also proposed.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome*
  • Asia
  • Asia, Southeastern
  • Developing Countries
  • Disease
  • HIV Infections*
  • International Cooperation*
  • Virus Diseases