Program in Vietnam Trains Haircutters to Provide HIV/AIDS Information to Clients
October 30, 2008
Sidewalk haircutters in the Vietnamese city of Hai Phong are volunteering as HIV/AIDS consultants as part of a program that aims to curb the spread of the disease, VNS/Viet Nam News reports. Hai Phong has 12 haircutting teams in the program, with 120 haircutters throughout the city, and each volunteer speaks to an average of 10 to 20 customers daily about HIV/AIDS-related issues such as testing and condom use. The program initially was launched by Family Health International and the city's Health Department in 2001, but FHI ended funding in 2005. According to an official with the city's HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee, the program has continued because of the voluntary participation of the haircutters. He added that the health department only provides no-cost leaflets to the program.
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