On the ground with The Good Living Project

CCRD

The Good Living project brings a series of folk-art performances to 40 remote communes of Dien Bien – a mountainous province in Northern Vietnam, to improve the lives of ethnic minorities affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as their access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services.

CCRD partnered Dien Bien Center for Disease Control (CDC) to support a community art troop to perform acts authored to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV). In this partnership, CCRD oversees content design and development, and quality monitoring while Dien Bien CDC supports the art troop in field implementation and audience evaluation pre- and post-performances.

MUONG LAN COMMUNE. 28 AUGUST 2019
The show started with a folk song to warm up the atmosphere to create a friendly connection with the audience. Villagers from ethnic minority groups were in attendance, including youths and high school students. Our performance provided attendees with HIV/AIDS knowledge, and conveyed the issue of stigma and discrimination, as well as the benefits of early HIV testing and treatment.
MUONG LAN COMMUNE. 28 AUGUST 2019
After the performance, we engaged the audience in a Q&A session that they were highly participative in. Students and adults-alike raised their hands enthusiastically to have questions on HIV/AIDS answered.
BUNG LAO COMMUNE. 29 AUGUST 2019
The next day, the community art troop transported props to the Bung Lao commune to set up the performance stage. As the weather was good, we were able to have an outdoor performance.
BUNG LAO COMMUNE. 29 AUGUST 2019
Once the stage has been set up, our performers start getting ready an hour and a half before the official show time. Performers were all volunteers from Dien Bien’s ethnic minority groups. These ladies play villagers in a short drama that incorporates Thailand’s traditional dance (Thais are an ethnic minority in Vietnam) to tell a story on the discrimination and stigmatization of PLHIV.
BUNG LAO COMMUNE. 29 AUGUST 2019
In our act that is inspired by a true story, we tell the journey of a drug-user stereotyped to being HIV-positive. Mistreated and stigmatized by his village, a HIV-positive village health worker eventually offered help and inspired him to turn his life around. Through this act, we conveyed how PLHIV can also lead a long, healthy and meaningful life, and contribute to the community in a professional function.
BUNG LAO COMMUNE. 29 AUGUST 2019
In this scene, the drug-user urged by the village health worker, arrives at the district health center to get tested for HIV. The conversation unfolds with basic HIV facts to improve audience understanding on HIV/AIDS, and naturally unfolds the misconception on HIV that still exist among many in the mountains.
BUNG LAO COMMUNE. 30 AUGUST 2019
The next day, we held another art performance, during which an interactive Q&A session was conducted. Members of the audience were encouraged to ask questions that can help them distinguish between situations in which HIV can, and cannot be transmitted. We believe misunderstandings arising from misinformation is the root cause of stigma and discrimination.
MUONG DANG COMMUNE. 1 SEPTEMBER 2019
The Dien Bien HIV/AIDS health staff also conducted the pre-performance interviews to assess audience understanding of HIV/AIDS, and their attitude towards it (stigmatizing or discriminatory behavior). We collected the data again after the performance to measure differences in levels of stigma and discrimination towards PLHIV. Read our blog to find out the results!

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Center for Community Health Research and Development (CCRD) is a Vietnamese NGO specialized in community and public health promotion and development. CCRD is a founding member, and the current Chair of the Partnership for Health Equity (PAHE) group, a network of Vietnamese NGOs and Academic institutions devoted to health equity promotion. ​Founded in 2002, CCRD has received a number of awards of merit from the Vietnamese Government for our health and development programs in Vietnam. Our mission is to contribute to the improvement and equity of healthcare and social advancement for all Vietnamese people through a systematic and sustainable approach that emphasizes capacity building, and is sensitive to cultural differences. CCRD’s intervention and research prioritizes women children, and vulnerable and disadvantaged population groups.

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