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ORISS Project


Operational Research in STI and Related Services for Women in High-Risk Situations in Cambodia and Thailand
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EC contribution:
€ 570 000
24 months
Starting date:
February 2003


It has long been advocated that scarce public health resources should be used for interventions that are most likely to have a significant impact on the HIV epidemic. This operational research project aims to validate a specific protocol for the management of gonococcal and/or chlamydia cervicitis in female sex workers that has been piloted in Cambodia since 1998, and has been officially adopted by the Ministry of Health in Cambodia for use in all services providing STI care to sex workers in the country. The Cambodian component of the research project also aims to document the context of sex work in Cambodia, in particular the aspects and determinants of the mobility of sex workers in space and time across the country. The Thai component of the project similarly aims to document the aspects and determinants of the mobility of vulnerable women (not only sex workers, but also domestic servants and factory workers) as well as their particular reproductive health needs. The overall objective is to help the National HIV/AIDS Control Programme in both countries to implement high quality and cost-effective targeted interventions for vulnerable women who are particularly at risk of STI/HIV infection and related reproductive health problems. The project consists of three related yet distinctive studies, two in Cambodia and one in Thailand, each one with its own specificity.

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