Nearly 600 000 people are living with HIV in Thailand. As in every other country, most are poor and many are isolated from their communities. Breaking down the mutually reinforcing barriers of poverty and stigma they face has proved immensely difficult. These barriers are not insurmountable, however. A new project rolling out in rural Thailand, the Positive Partnership Program (PPP), has shown that targeted economic assistance can boost self-esteem, ambition and hope—all of which help reinvigorate community bonds and have a major, positive impact on HIV prevention and treatment efforts.
This best practice document examines how and why PPP could serve as a flexible and adaptive model in other countries. It includes testimonials and case studies from project participants throughout Thailand. It also identifies lessons learned and resulting recommendations.
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Report, People Living With HIV or AIDS, Thailand, Asia,