Discussion Question 3: What suggestions could you make to the Committee in relation to CASP's future programme activities and funding?
(a) Future Programme Activities:
- CASP should be careful not to initiate more activities than it can sustain. By failing to follow-up its initial activities with the hotels, for example, CASP might damage its reputation, lose valuable opportunities to provide AIDS education to the hotel staff, forego other possible chances to gain the hotel managers' support for other innovative AIDS prevention activities, and cut off a potential source of financial support.
- There is little indication in the case that CASP has attempted to identify where the largest potential need for HIV/AIDS education and services might lie. CASP might try to approach health and social service organisations on Penang Island to discuss their views, their current activities and their plans. This might help CASP to establish priorities among the long list of possible programmes that they wish to initiate.
- The case states that Malaysia has a large population of migrant workers, both legal and illegal. The probable living conditions and lifestyles of this group would indicate the need for education on HIV/AIDS and prevention measures. CASP might approach the relevant organisations and government bodies to identify any plans to reach the migrant workers and to establish whether any sources of funding are available to support such work.
- CASP had already started to develop contact with the Penang sex workers and to gain their trust and cooperation. It might be a good idea if CASP could build on this beginning to identify, with the sex workers, other steps that could be taken to promote condom use, to maintain the general health of the sex workers, or to provide other support and assistance.
(b) Strategies for developing future financial support:
- Allocation of responsibility to one member to ensure that funding issues remain on the agenda at all times.
- More attention to financial accounting (and the necessary progress reports) to ensure that the conditions attached to existing sources of funding are complied with.
- Identification of donors interested in supporting NGO HIV/AIDS programmes.
- Submission of funding proposals to more than one potential funding source, sufficiently in advance of the time funding is required to try to ensure continuity of financing.
- Attempts to develop local sources of programme financing so as to avoid some of the uncertainties, delays, conditions and administrative burdens associated with external funding sources. Possible sources might include: (i) charging for the education talks to the hotel Staff; expanding their HIV/AIDS education activities within the private manufacturing/business sector and establishing a charge for their services; approaching the business sector for contributions in kind to support CASP's activities, such as the printing of T-Shirts, key-rings, etc. or the printing and duplication of HIV/AIDS educational materials, the provision of office accommodation, etc.; if permitted, CASP might review the possibility of selling condoms at subsidised rates to the street vendors in the area where the sex workers operate.
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