As HIV prevalence in Vietnam increases, promoting prevention behavior among vulnerable populations, such as migrant workers, becomes more critical. In Ho Chi Minh City, efforts by the local government have been in place for several years to focus prevention activities on migrant workers. The principal activity uses volunteer health communicators to conduct HIV education activities at workplaces. Yet these prevention efforts have reached only a minority of migrant workers, and the effectiveness of the approach remains unclear. Local authorities want to expand their efforts but need more information about which activities are the most effective and least costly, as well as their potential for scale-up. The Horizons Program, the Population Council/Vietnam, and partners compared the existing workplace HIV-prevention program for highly mobile construction workers with a new peer-education (PE) program. As stated in this brief, while both the PE and HC programs had a positive impact on workers, the PE program has a number of advantages over the HC program for this type of work environment.
Vu Ngoc Bao, Philip Guest, Julie Pulerwitz, Le Thuy Lan Thao, Duong Xuan Dinh, Tran Thi Kim Xuyen, and Ann Levin. 2003. "Expanding workplace HIV prevention programs for a highly mobile population in Ho Chi Minh City," Horizons Research Summary. Washington, DC: Population Council.