Program for HIV Prevention and Treatment
Thailand - PHPT

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The Program for HIV Prevention and Treatment (PHPT) is a non-governmental, non-profit medical and social science research and education organization working in Thailand since 1996.

Its objectives are to develop, test and apply medical treatments and other interventions to improve health and alleviate social consequences of HIV infection, and to optimize access for effective health services in the general population.

PHPT has a multilingual (Thai, French, English, Hmong, Lahu) international staff of about 100 people. PHPT's staff includes researchers, medical doctors, anthropologists, epidemiologists, biologists, pharmacologists, nurses, field interviewers, administrative and financial staff. PHPT is a collaborative program under the Thai International Cooperation Agency involving Chiang Mai University, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (France), and several other international universities such as Harvard School of Public Health and other research institutes. PHPT collaborates closely in research and application of research results with the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

PHPT's outstanding achievements
in medical research

In 2004, PHPT's Medical Science Department proved that a simple antiretroviral drug treatment applied during pregnancy reduces the transmission of HIV from mother-to-child from over 20% to less than 2%. This treatment was immediately adopted by the Thai Ministry of Public Health as the standard of care for use in Thailand and is incorporated in the WHO recommendations for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission in resource-limited settings.

1. Teenagers living with HIV-AIDS

Many children born with HIV infection are now entering adolescence. Unfortunately, these teenagers, whose lives were saved by the treatments during early childhood, are experiencing a worrying increase in mortality. PHPT's "Teenagers Living with Antiretrovirals" (TEEWA) project investigates the health, social and family situation of these children and their specific needs. The TEEWA study shows that adolescents often face discrimination particularly at school. Many of these children have physical and mental handicaps resulting from infections before they started treatment. Their parents or others who take care of them are very concerned about their economic future and family life. Working together with a Youth Community Advisory Board, PHPT is developing appropriate interventions to address problems of adolescents who face life-long treatment.




2. Access to Care (ATC): a key component of PHPT's Social Science Department

Thailand has national health insurance with near-universal coverage for its citizens. Thailand is also host to over 6,000,000 international migrants plus over 1,000,000 members of 12 major ethnic minority groups, many of whom are not effectively covered in Thailand's universal health insurance scheme. As compared with the general Thai population, ethnic minorities and newly arrived migrants have disproportionately high rates of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, but make less use of available health services for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The Access to Care (ATC) research describes and evaluates constraints that limit access to health services for recent international migrants and for some members of ethnic minorities, and plans programs to overcome these obstacles.

For more information about
the Program for HIV Prevention and Treatment,
please visit their website:

Program for HIV Prevention and Treatment

Office : 187/10, Changklan Rd.,
Changklan, Muang,
Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 5381 9125 to 29 -- Fax: + 66 (0) 5381 9130


Donations for PHPT Activities

PHPT seeks donations for the ATC program to listen to members of additional minority groups and to migrants in different parts of Thailand, and to develop and test interventions, such as health education materials in non-Thai languages that are key to implementing the "Stop AIDS" campaign, the current stage of Thailand's efforts to curtail the HIV epidemic.

The TEEWA project seeks funds to continue and expand its work with PHPT's Youth Community Advisory Board in order, for example to prevent some of the difficulties experienced by teenagers with their treatments and to design career development services specifically for teenagers, and to provide accessible guidelines and advice for their parents and care givers who are faced with young people at a crucial stage in their personal life.

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Program for HIV Prevention and Treatment - Thailand.

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