In the scope of this Component, the 2nd round of the largest survey on Vietnamese youth (SAVY 2) was conducted. The Government committed to holding the final SAVY 2 dissemination workshop in the first half of 2012 using its own funds.
Overall, the project has helped mobilized support and commitment from both parents and influential people on all of these aspects. At both central and provincial level, the Project has conducted a numbers of annual advocacy events for leaders, orientation workshops, and workshops with service providers. The efforts aim to call for the greater support and commitment of relevant policy makers, leaders and managers at all levels as well as to create participatory forums for addressing the needs and capacity of young people in involvement into HIV/AIDS prevention programs as well as to scale up youth-friendly services for young people.
In QII 2009, MOH submitted for Prime Minister's approval a proposal on capacity building for HIV/AIDS Centers in provinces.
The project launched a wide range of mass media products and messages on HIV prevention (about 22 items) and these reached all segments of the society as expected.These included movie, films, TV clips, posters and leaflets about HIV/AIDS prevention, which were known to 39-47% and used by 28-34% of the young people in both project and non-project sites. The drama has been aired on the national and provincial Television. Based on media surveys, the public appreciation was mixed. The PMU will collect evidence of impact of the drama series.
The weekly radio phone-in program 60 minutes you and me , after almost 2 years of airing, became a popular program for the youth in the project provinces. Besides, 90 thematic TV spots, radio spots, 6 documentary films, and complete set of interpersonal communication materials targeting mainstream youth, illegal drug users (IDUs), sex workers, parents and leaders; writing competition on HIV/AIDS was organized for youth and students.
Integrated activities (TV drama and spots, talkshows, radio phone-in programs) are on going. The assessment of impacts by the mass media campaign will be conducted.
NGOs assist with community based activities mainly in voluntary conselling and testing. As of to date the total clients of 19 VCT centers in 14 project provinces are 79,464 cases including 33,812 males and 45,652 females.
Baseline surveys have been completed. NGOs (MSI and CCRD) have been contracted to implement harm reduction activities in the provinces. They help set up VTC sites and train health staff and peer educators.
Youth Advisory Groups have been established in all 14 provinces. Peer educators have been identified including PLWHAs.
The project has actually promoted HIV-testing seeking behaviors among youth groups including IDUs, CSWs, MWs, and youths. Youth in the project sites were both more active in seeking HIV tests but also in getting repeated HIV tests than in the non-project sites.
NGOs recruited and activities initiated. The best way to distribute condoms are being discussed in provinces.
The PMU has made commendable efforts to build capacity of PPMUs and ensure proper consolidation and sustainability of Project activities.
Activities initiated, collaborators and peer educators in Phase 1 provinces have been trained and started to organize educations with families thru visits, clubs' activities.
A quick end-line survey has been carried out. EA has completed its project completion report.
ADB is now preparing the project completion report.