Cover page Land Transport & HIV Vulnerability: A development challenge ISBN/DATE




A joint publication of UNDP/UNOPS, UNAIDS and UNESCAP



HIV/AIDS is not just a public health concern in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The epidemic threatens to reverse decades of development. It strikes hardest the countries least able to resist. The huge economic cost might be easier to bear if the disease did not have an even greater human cost. The incidence of HIV/AIDS continues to worsen and no industry remains untouched by the disease.
The land transport sector is no exception. Workers in this industry can be especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, but are often excluded or simply missed in many prevention or care programs. The transport sector has unique potential to contribute to the reduction of HIV transmission. Many of the situations in which HIV spreads can be changed through strategies and policies of the transport sector.
Forward planning can reduce the number of people infected, and help ensure that everyone is prepared for challenges that will arise from widespread illness and death. Planning and creative problem solving can also lead to new modes of cooperation within this sector, enabling economic survival in places most severely impacted by the HIV epidemic.

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April 2001