|NGO Responses to HIV/AIDS In Asia (UNDP, 1992)|
|FACILITATORS' NOTE: FAMILY PLANNING AND AIDS PREVENTION - The Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand (PPAT)|
- PPAT was a well-established and well-respected Thai organisation, as evidenced by its 24-year history, the patronage of Her Royal Highness, the collaboration with Government agencies and the size of its volunteer network.
- PPAT had more than 7000 grass-roots and professional volunteers already active in promoting family planning information and services.
- PPAT already had extensive contacts with those communities which, for reasons of lifestyle, income levels, living and working conditions, might suffer disproportionately from HIV infection and yet might be the hardest for government services to reach and influence.
- As an integral part of its family planning education, counselling and services, PPAT staff already had experience of talking to clients about sexuality and sexual behaviour.
- Family planning clients represent those who are most in need of information about HIV protection.
- PPATs clinic services already included diagnosis and treatment of STDs, together with pre-marital counselling and check-ups. This gave them the opportunity to build HIV/AIDS information into their services.