Backgroud: The Enhancing Care Initiative for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Northern Thailand (ECI-Thai) project is a multisectoral and multidisciplinary project. The project had implemented five areas of care namely improving health care services, home-based care, end of life care, empowering PLWHAs, and improving community care. Evaluation of human right before and after implementation was used as an indicator of the project outcome.
Methods: Focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews were used to gather data among infected and affected persons, health personnel, community leaders, NGOs, and community-based organizations. The baseline data was collected in 2001 before implementation phase. After 3-year implementation of all five sub-projects the data was gather using the same methods, then data was analyzed to compare the results.
Results: The research participants reported that their human rights have been met during and after participation in the ECI project. Most of those PLWHAs reported new paradigm of human rights, in terms of dignity, self-development, and self-reliance. They learned how to gain more acceptance from others. Sharing experience and learning from each other helped them to identify their own potentials. Conclusion Human right is viewed as a human relationship. It is a social learning process. Besides promote by improving care networks, human rights can be promoted by enhancing sense of self-confidence, self-control, and self-reliance.
Nantachaipan, P.; Saetang, P.;, Dechaboon, P.; et al.
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Conference Proceedings, People Living With HIV or AIDS, Thailand, Asia, Human Rights,