The HIV epidemic in Myanmar is concentrated, with HIV transmission primarily occurring among key at-risk populations (KAPs). KAP surveillance data from 2011 showed HIV prevalence at 9.6% in female sex workers, 7.8% in men who have sex with men, and 21% in male people who inject drugs. Although prevention measures have improved in recent years, the availability of Anti-Retroviral Treatment and skilled staff to administer treatment is still limited.
Children living with HIV or whose parents are infected with HIV are made extremely vulnerable for reasons that cut across all areas of life. They are often discriminated against by their community and are more likely to be extremely poor due to the burden of medical bills or lack of employment. For this reason, Save the Children seeks to integrate HIV sensitive interventions across all sectors of its programming.
What we do:
Save the Children works to support children living with HIV or in households infected by HIV through HIV sensitive approaches across all sectors of its programming. Currently specific programs include group peer education sessions to educate communities and children about HIV, increasing awareness of prevention and decreasing various forms of stigma. Peer groups are also formed for children living with HIV to create a network of support and encouragement. At risk children are also provided with counselling, HIV testing and prevention services for sexually transmitted diseases.