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P6.028 Multi-Sectoral Response to Prevent HIV/AIDS and STI Among Sex Workers: An Experience from Bangladesh
  1. S Islam
  1. Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Abstract

Background To create a supportive environment and ensure smooth implementation of HIV/AIDS and STI prevention programme among hotel based sex worker’s in Chittagong, Bangladesh a Project Facilitation Team (PFT) was formed in 2005.

Methods The members of the Project Facilitation Team was selected as representatives from hotel management, the department of police, public prosecutors, department of health, media professionals, department of women affairs, social leaders, Muslim religious leader and members from other NGO working in the city.

Results The PFT has been seating quarterly basis to review programme progress. They are cooperating to reduce barriers of service delivery and mobilising social support for project activities take place. They have been facilitating regular contact with key stakeholders, including sex workers, member of law enforcement agencies and hotel management. As a result police is not harassing our Peer Educator and they are allowing them to conduct Behavior Change Communication (BCC) session at hotel and the hotel owner/hotel management has been giving the free access to work with the sex worker in their hotel. The Muslim religious leader has been giving speech on HIV/AIDS during the weekly prayer. Media has been publishing positive news/article on HIV/AIDS issue on regular basis. Public Prosecutors have been working with police in handling case related to the sex worker in the court. As a result, the programme has been implementing smoothly in the city and the targeted participants have been receiving comprehensive service i.e. BCC information, STI management service, condom and lubricant, VCT, general and psycho sexual counselling from the project.

Conclusion The members of PFT can support the project’s implementation with their local knowledge and influence. So, it can be a best model for other countries.

  • HIV and STI service delivery
  • Multi-sectoral response
  • Supportive environment

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