THE DUANG PRATEEP FOUNDATION CASE SYNOPSIS Discussion Question 1: What strategies did Duang Prateep use to try and match its HIV/AIDS activities to the needs of the community?
- Duang Prateep had been working in Klong Toey for 12 years or more, so already had considerable experience and understanding of the problems of the community.
- Most of the staff and volunteers came from Klong Toey, which again helped them to understand the community and its needs.
- The first thing Duang Prateep did after it decided that they had to get involved in AIDS, was to call community leaders together to learn more about HIV/AIDS and to jointly decide on priorities for action.
- Duang Prateep staff held meetings with the sex workers and motorcycle taxi drivers before activities were started.
- Before deciding on any detailed interventions, Duang Prateep conducted surveys of the client groups (IDUs, female sex workers, motorcycle taxi drivers, the general public) to collect data about the lives of the target group, the knowledge, attitudes and practice related to HIV/AIDS, and sexual practices.
- Duang Prateep also carried out subsequent surveys to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices following the intervention or to gain more understanding of what they thought might be important issues (such as the second survey of the IDUs).
- The home visits to the IDUs should also provide some information about what is needed.
- Attempts to get brothel owners to support condom use recognised the power that the brothel owners had over the sex workers and tried to use their influence to contribute to the programme's success.
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