Cover page HIV Vulnerability and Population Mobility in the Northern Provinces of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic ISBN/DATE



Authors: James R. Chamberlain



In collaboration with national agencies in countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region, the UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development Project (SEAHIV-UNDP) is conducting mapping assessment of HIV vulnerability as it relates to mobile populations.
This Lao PDR assessment is part of that process and given that assessments have been conducted by other agencies in the eastern and southern provinces, at the request of the Government of Lao PDR, this study concentrates on the four northern provinces of the country.
Similar studies have or are now being conducted by SEAHIV-UNDP and its national partners in South China (Guangxi), Viet Nam, Cambodia. Together the findings of these assessments will contribute to the understanding of the situation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region as a whole. The situation in Thailand has already been extensively studied by major universities and NGOs in Thailand.
The SEAHIV-UNDP would like to thank for then full collaboration in undertaking this assessment the National Committee for the Control of AIDS (NCCA) especially its director, Dr. Chansy Phimmachanh, Phil Marshall, of Lao PDR HIV/AIDS Trust, UNDP Lao Country Office, especially its HIV Focal Point, Gitte Gronnemose, and the author, James Chamberlain.

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March 2000