|Description of Project Outputs
Output 1. Increased awareness about HIV/AIDS and STIs among construction workers and contractors in infrastructure and mining sectors and affected local communities in the project area
Output 2. IEC materials for awareness raising and behavior change
Output 3. Improved access to HIV and STI related health services in project areas.
Output 4. Development of HIV/AIDS policy and guidelines for planning, construction, and operation in infrastructure and mining sectors
Output 5. Strengthened capacity of national and local key partners for HIV/AIDS prevention in the infrastructure sectors through training and workshops.
Output 6. Improved monitoring and evaluation system for HIV/AIDS.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The TA completed the testing of model HIV prevention packages in mining and infrastructure projects in the 5 pilot sites selected by the TA (Oyu Tolgoi and the Energy Resource mines in South Gobi, and Shijir Alt mine in Tuv aimag). The tailored packages of activities for the road and the mining sectors, and the general package for infrastructure sector are developed separately. The packages were discussed and agreed in principal with the Ministry of Road, Transportation, Construction and Urban Development (MRTCUD) and Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MMRE).
The Mongolian Employers' Federation (MONEF) is involved in testing prevention activities in pilot sites. An HIV policy and accompanying implementing guidelines have been adopted by Energy Resources and Shijir Alt companies. Oyu tolgoi is reviewing the HIV policy to align it with the Rio Tinto general policy on HIV prevention.
As part of the HIV prevention packages, the peer educators' training modules and training materials on HIV prevention were developed, and trainings for 195 peer educators were conducted in pilot sites. Workshop and trainings were organized in Dornogobi, Umnugobi and Khovd aimags for the secondary school teachers, soum social workers, intertainment service workers, single house-headed women, police officers, mobile workers, miners, road workers, and local communities in 2011 and 2012. Condom promotion activities were held in Khovd aimag and Shijir Alt and Energy Resources mines.
The TA made significant progress on developing policy regulations on HIV/AIDS prevention in infrastructure sector. Two ministries, the MRTCUD and MMRE, issued ministerial orders (MOs) in May 2012. The MOs (i) adopted package of HIV prevention activities to be implemented in their respective sectors, (ii) obliged the ministries to incorporate HIV prevention activities in all infrastructure contracts and projects, and monitor their implementation, (iii) established sub-committee responsible for coordination of implementation of HIV/AIDS/STD prevention strategies, and (iv) entitled the sub-committees with funding for national level coordination and M&E activities. (Ministry of Road, Transportation, Construction and Urban Development, Order #121 and Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, Order #086).
A draft amended AIDS law was submitted to the Parliament in early January 2012 and approved by the Parliament in January 2013. The amended law includes an article on HIV prevention in the workplace and requires business entities to allocate budget for HIV prevention activities and responsibility of other Ministries.
The Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) developed by Independent Research Institute of Mongolia (IRIM) is used by the PIU and local NAC coordinators to assess the effectiveness of TA activities at project sites. Collection of routine data using the M&E tool is not fully implemented and used efficiently since the tool was developed. This was explained partly by constraints faced by local aimag coordinators as most of project activities have a seasonal character. IRIM analyzed data collected by PIU on project activities for 2011 and the findings were discussed with the PIU.
The baseline Knowledge Attitude Practice (KAP) survey covering all risks groups, except road workers, was conducted in October 2010. Road workers of the Western and Regional Road Projects were interviewed during the summer of 2011, and the final baseline study report was submitted in September 2011. Dissemination of baseline study results to internal and external stakeholders was organized in March 2012. IRIM conducted the follow-up interviews from Nov to January 2013. KAP survey final report is due in April 2013.
IRIM had completed the field survey on risk factors associated with truck drivers' behavior in Umnugovi aimag operating on several "coal" roads to export coal to PRC. 328 truck drivers and 80 entertainment workers participated in the survey. The prevention strategies, recommended by the consultants, are included into HIV prevention package for the mining sector.