Supporting people living with HIV and AIDS in Myanmar

By CARE Australia December 10, 2014 0 comments

Condom distribution to dock workers in Mandalay, facilitated by CARE. ©Tom Greenwood/CARE.

Myanmar has one of Asia’s highest rates of HIV/AIDS in Asia. With funding from the Australian Government and others, CARE works with two groups who are particularly vulnerable to contracting the virus – male and female sex workers as well as men who have sex with men (referred to in this way as many don’t necessarily consider themselves homosexual).

The work aims to reduce the risk of HIV transmissions and provide support to those already living with HIV, in a country where very little support exists and where stigma around the virus is high.

Aung Myit’s partner is living with HIV and they received a small business grant from CARE to help increase the family’s income. They used it to start a business selling balloons in Mandalay. ©Tom Greenwood/CARE
Aung Myit’s partner is living with HIV and they received a small business grant from CARE to help increase the family’s income. They used it to start a business selling balloons in Mandalay. ©Tom Greenwood/CARE

In Yangon and Mandalay, we work with women and young people to promote safe sex, and to change the stigma around HIV/AIDS.

We also support people living with HIV/AIDS to earn an income, learn new skills and gain access to services including counselling, testing, psychosocial support and medical care.

Members of a self-help group for people living with HIV organised a celebration for Myanmar Child Day, cooking rice soup for local children. ©Tom Greenwood/CARE.
Members of a self-help group for people living with HIV organised a celebration for Myanmar Child Day, cooking rice soup for local children. ©Tom Greenwood/CARE.

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