The overall objective is to strengthen an integrated health system to tackle and reduce the HIV, TB and Malaria diseases burden at the village level and in particular to increase access to health care for remote communities. It will be achieved in designing and piloting an intervention model for improving the access for women, children, and adolescents to HIV, TB, Malaria prevention and
treatment. This will be realized through mobile clinics and through household visits in 2 target districts in Savannakhet Province, southern Laos.
The project has two interrelated components. The research component led by IRD will inform and orient the Action component implemented by HI and LaoPHA. The project aims to reach three main objectives: Under the Research component, a first objective is to develop and implement an evidence-based
strategy using multidisciplinary and participatory research. A strong collaboration with project partners will allow to build a continuum between research findings and interventions in the field. This intervention model will be designed through an ethnographic research in the communities and it will be tested and refined through the Forum Theater method. Indeed, this will allow community members to provide their inputs and suggestions, so to co-elaborate an intervention model that is
contextualized enough, culturally-appropriate and succeeds in engaging a broad audience beyond age and language barriers. In the meantime, the project will use the Forum Theatre to disseminate the results of the study to a large audience.