Annual operation plans prepared by the provincial health offices are following the standard planning template and are organized in 8 programs and 98 sub-programs (called projects ). HIV plans are systematically integrated into overall AOPs of provincial health departments under program the CDC program.
With regard to gender sensitivity, AOPs for FY 2014/2015 have been reviewed by the international and national gender consultants recruited in May 2015.
During the workshop in April 2015 on review of progress of the project implementation and preparation of the project AOPs for the year 2015-2016, CHAS presented to PCCAs from the 8 target provinces the project gender and ethnic group action plan and provided recommendations on integration of project activities in the plan.
The national BCC and gender consultants recruited in May 2015 prepared specific integrated activities in the AOPs for FY 2015-2016. This includes mainstreaming gender and ethnic group sensitivity into plans, dissemination of GEGAP and DMF indicators to monitor, review of training and BCC materials, TOTs, conduct awareness activities on HIV/AIDS prevention using gender mainstreaming and ethnic sensitized materials with BCC in target villages.
122 manager of provincial, district received training, achieved 76.2% against project plan.
In which: - Women: 43 people
- Minorities: 19 people
Pilot mobile teams providing VCT/STI services started in 3 provinces of Oudomxay, Salavan and Attapeu and are providing services for female sex workers, migrants, truck drivers, and youths residing in dormitories. The teams were equipped with STI drugs, HIV rapid test, IEC materials and condoms.
As of 31 December 2014, a total of 111 (103 female, 90 from ethnic groups) target population among female sex workers and migrants were reached by the mobile team in Oudomxay.
Presently, the CHAS M&E does not disaggregate VCT/STI services provided on sites and through mobile teams. Data has to be disaggregated by DCCAs and PCCAs to meet project requirements.
As of December 2014, a total of 50 provincial staff (37 (74%) are female, 10 from ethnic groups (8 female)) and 109 district staff (73 (67%) are female, 36 from ethnic groups (25 female)) received training on STI management.
Prepared the design competency evaluation questionnaire and apply to targeted staff. Provincial staff will apply the questionnaire to randomly selected staff.
CHAS developed a comprehensive quality assessment system and data collection forms. The tools have been field tested in three provinces and following field test, a workshop attended by PCCAs and provincial hospital staff was organized to conduct a detailed review of the data collection forms and discuss implementation methodology. Following revision of data collection forms, quality assessment will be conducted in all facilities and the results of the assessment establishing a score will provide a baseline. A Quality Assessment Consultant will be recruited to provide further technical inputs and advices on the quality assessment system.
EA to design quality evaluation questionnaire to district health center/commune health station based on quality assurance developed by VAAC. HSPH to apply the questionnaire in selected district health centers (DHC) and in selected commune health station (CHS). EA to apply questionnaire every year to all selected DHC and selected CHS.
The baseline survey consulting firm which will be mobilized by end April 2016 in Laos will measure the access to HIV prevention outreach services among target populations in project districts. MMP, IDU and ethnic groups had attended at least one BCC session during the past 12 months. The baseline and endline survey will target the population of MMP, ethnic, and IDUs.
Four MOUs outlining mechanism for regional collaboration, joint activities and sustainable financing were signed between Lao PDR and Viet Nam in 2014.
Regional cooperation focal points were appointed by 2013 and functional by 2014. PCCAs and DCCAs are the focal points, and their role and responsibilities for HIV AIDS are defined. However, their role in cross border cooperation needs to be strengthened. Joint strategy for regional cooperation and joint provincial operational plan were agreed at the cross border HIV-AIDS bilateral meeting in Hanoi on 1 October 2014 and MOUs signed between provinces outlining mechanism for regional collaboration and joint activities. Within this framework and with support from TA 8204, cross border collaborative pilot activities started in 3 sites. A meeting between the 3 provinces was conducted in July 2015 in Attapeu to review and discuss results of the pilot activities, plan further activities in 2015-2016, and discuss relevance of extension of pilot activities to other provinces.
Cross-border activities were incorporated in provincial AOPs FY 2014-2015 of Houaphanh and Attapeu provinces. Based on results and lessons learned of pilot cross-border activities in 3 pilot sites, cross-border activities will be extended to other provinces and incorporated into provincial AOPs.