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									                          INCEPTION REPORT

            Submitted to the Asian Development Bank in support of
                           RETA 6321 Sub-Project 3
  Behaviour Change Campaigns for HIV Prevention in the Infrastructure
A Pilot Activity to Adapt Video & Life Skill Materials to a Road Construction

                                  Submitted by
              The International Organization for Migration, Lao PDR

                                      12 May 2008

     The views expressed in this paper are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect
     the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), or its Board of Governors, or the
     governments they represent. ADB does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this
     paper and accepts no responsibility for any consequence of their use. Terminology used may
     not necessarily be consistent with ADB official terms.
Abbreviations and Acronyms

ADB                    Asian Development Bank
AIDS                   Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

ESD                    Environmental and Social Division (MPWT)
HIV                    Human Immunodeficiency Virus
IEC                    Information, education and communications
IOM                    International Organization for Migration
M&E                    Monitoring and Evaluation

MOPWT                  Ministry of Public Works and Transport
SIDA                   Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
1. Introduction

1.1 Summary

Envisioned to contribute to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s (MPWT) policy to
mainstream HIV prevention into its sectoral programming through its Committee on
HIV/AIDS, this Project aims to build the capacity of MPWT staff to design and implement
targeted HIV prevention and awareness raising activities as well as monitor and evaluate
HIV prevention approaches within the Lao PDR infrastructure sector. IOM’s information,
education and communications (IEC) tool, ‘For Life, With Love’ – a safe mobility and HIV
and AIDS animated video, together with its associated interactive life-skills activities
manual, will be adapted to fit into several infrastructure project settings. Migrants and
mobile populations particularly road construction workers, truck drivers, commercial sex
workers, and surrounding host communities will be provided with a more enabling
environment to receive adequate knowledge and skills about HIV prevention so they are
better equipped to make informed choices. This six-month pilot Project will conduct a
situational assessment; develop, pilot-test, finalize, and disseminate an IEC/BCC tool
customized to the infrastructure sector; and conduct on-the-job capacity building activities
for MPWT staff along identified road construction sites in Bolikhamxay province, Lao PDR.

1.2 Background

It is reported that infrastructure projects, in particular road construction activities, present a
confluence of risk factors that support the spread of HIV*. While these projects may
contribute to economic development, the increased movement and interaction of people
along newly created and improved transportation routes have also facilitated the spread of

The behavioural sentinel survey undertaken in 2000-2001 in Lao PDR showed that among
truck drivers, 4.1% reported to have sex with commercial sex workers (or SW) and 23%
said they had had sex with non-regular partners in the last 12 months.† An unreleased Lao
PDR study notes that the provinces with highest HIV prevalence are those along the Thai
border and the main transportation routes through the country. Experiences and lessons
learnt on HIV and AIDS prevention along road projects in Yunnan, China, “Baolong Health
and Safe Action Project” (Katz 2007) indicate that “those who are most at risk are middle
managers, evaluators, contractors and drivers – all of whom have disposable incomes, are
more mobile and are more likely to need to socialize and impress their work colleagues”.
This case study also highlights the need for HIV prevention messages that go beyond
knowledge, and address attitudinal and behavioural change through compelling
motivational messages.

Lao PDR has taken considerable strides towards mainstreaming HIV prevention into its
infrastructure sector. In 2001, the Government signed a GMS-wide Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) for Joint Action to Reduce HIV Vulnerability Related to Population
Movement‡, which recommended the integration of HIV prevention activities into large
infrastructure projects. As a response, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT)
of Lao PDR formed its own Committee on HIV/AIDS§, which has been working towards
mainstreaming HIV prevention into its work.

   JM Ponninghaus & SM Oxborrow, Construction projects and spread of HIV. The Lancet, 1990, 336 (Nov. 10), 1198.
  C. Khamsibounheuang, “Lao PDR”, Fighting a Rising Tide: The Response to AIDS in East Asia”, Tokyo: Japan Center
for International Exchange, 2006.
‡ This MOU was signed by six GMS countries and was renewed by the same governments in 2005
  Headed by the Vice-Minister
With a policy for mainstreaming HIV prevention, coupled with increasing donor investment
into Lao PDR’s infrastructure sector, the MPWT through its Environmental and Social
Division (ESD) and the HIV project teams (HIV PT) working on the ADB 10 road
construction projects, aims to develop the technical capacity of its staff so that they can to
adequately design, implement and monitor HIV prevention activities. This includes
identifying, producing, and/or modifying information, education and communication (IEC)

Considerable efforts have been made in producing culturally-appropriate IEC materials for
Lao PDR. These materials have undergone the rigorous processes of research, peer-
review, and pilot-testing and can be utilized or modified in many project activities. One
such IEC material that can be customized for MPWT’s needs is the International
Organization for Migration’s (IOM) ‘Safe Mobility and HIV/AIDS Video and Life Skills
Package for Migrants, Mobile Populations and Mobility-affected Communities in the
Greater Mekong Sub-region’. IOM’s ‘For Life, with Love’ has already been endorsed by
Lao health authorities as a highly relevant HIV/AIDS IEC tool, it is therefore proposed that
extra support should be given to MPWT to locally-test and adapt the IOM Safe-Mobility and
HIV/AIDS Video and Life-Skills Activity Package for Migrants to complement its other HIV
prevention activities in the ADB Roads for Rural Development Project.

2. Project Scope

The Project has two components:

Component One: To conduct a rapid situational assessment on the mobility situation,
work and the communities’ environment among road construction workers,
managers/supervisors, truck drivers, sex workers, health care workers and other mobility
affected populations in Borikhamxay province. The information gathered from the
assessment will be used to develop a strategy for HIV trainings to be used in various
settings in Borikhamxay for target populations linked to the infrastructure sector as well as
for communities hosting migrants. This will be done by IOM and MPWT teams through
structured key-informant interviews and focus-group discussions. The situational analysis
will look at practical, workable field-based ways and approaches for increased MPWT and
stakeholder participation on how to design, set up and implement HIV prevention activities
adjusted to road construction sites in Borikhamxay.

Component Two: Based on results of the situational assessment and the IOM HIV-Safe
Mobility package ‘For Life, With Love’, Component Two aims to develop a training
curriculum and strategies on how to deliver the set of HIV information and skills-building for
construction workers working on various phases of the construction project, as well as with
the surrounding communities as part of a hands-on training for the MPWT HIV and ESD
teams. The modules will be pilot tested among several target populations in selected sites,
adapted and/or modified following consultations with MPWT and key stakeholders. Also
included in this component is the development of monitoring and evaluation tools and a
resource manual that will guide the MPWT in measuring the impact of using HIV IEC
materials. Consultative meetings and a national dissemination workshop will be conducted
throughout the life of the project with MPWT and key stakeholders.

3. Progress to date

3.1 Project team hired and assembled

   •   Ms Montira Inkochasan is now based in Vientiane working full time as Project
       Coordinator to manage the implementation and deliver outputs on this project.
   •   A Project Assistant Ms Inthamala Sithimolada was appointed.
   •   An Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, Ms Angela Rintoul, was also
       appointed to provide technical support to the project.
   •   A visit by Dr Nenette Motus, Project Manager was made in late April to provide
       oversight guidance and supervision of project implemention.

The IOM Lao Office is now fully operational and the project team is prepared for the next
stage of project implementation.

3.2 Consultation meetings with MPWT officials held to ensure cooperation and full
knowledge of project activities

On 10 April, IOM Regional Representative for Southeast Asia Ms. Irena Vojackova-
Sollorano met with Mr.Khannguen Khamvongsa, Deputy Permanent Secretary and
Mr.Xayabandith Insisiengmay, Deputy Director of the Environmental and Social Division
(ESD) to discuss the Project. They confirmed MPWT’s involvement throughout project
implementation and support for IOM in the future. It was suggested in this meeting that
IOM submit a ‘Letter of Intention’ addressed to the Minister to obtain formal approval for
the Project.

3.3 Letter of Intention drafted and presented to MPWT in Lao and English.

The requested Letter of Intention was finalized and submitted to MPWT on 5 May for the
Minister’s approval – see Annex B.

3.4 Site visit made to undertake initial consultation with key stakeholders in
Bolikhamxay and to inform the planning of the situational assessment.

The Project Team visited Paksan district, Bolikhamxay on 8 May and participated in three

   1. The Project team met with the Bolikhamxay Provincial Administration Office to
      present the Project to officials and share plans for Project implementation. The
      Project Coordinator explained the project activities, objectives and timeframe. The
      Deputy Chief of Cabinet, Mrs Saipasong Settavong presented a brief overview of
      the specific experiences of migrants in Bolikhamxay and the risks and
      vulnerabilities they face in relation to HIV. Mrs Settavong closed the meeting by
      expressing her support for IOM and the project and welcomed the team to

   2. The Project Team met with eight members of the Provincial Health Department,
      including the Deputy Chief, Dr Pongsaly Douangxay. The Project Coordinator once
      again gave an overview of project activities and shared the workplan with the
      group. Following this, the Technical HIV Officers present informed the Team of the
      HIV situation in Bolikhamxay ─ mentioning issues of stigma and discrimination.
      They also gave an overview of the main activities on HIV and AIDS in the province
      and shared with the team several existing IEC materials.

   3. The meeting with the HIV Project Working Team (PWT) for ADB 10 was an
      opportunity for the IOM Team to acquire detailed information on target groups and
      a clear understanding of the PWT’s activities. At the meeting it was decided that
      IOM would collect the information for the situational assessment from communities
      along ADB 10, road construction workers (especially in the Pamuang area), sex
       workers, managers, supervisors and consultants of the ADB 10 Project, and the
       HIV PWT.

On 9 May the IOM Team met with the ADB project team and consultants at the main camp
of the ADB 10 project. The IOM team was introduced to the site environment, including the
daily timetables of workers and the layout of the camps. The ADB project team gave
information regarding condom availability and the HIV related activities of volunteers and
peer educators. IOM gained detailed information regarding the migrant population of the
site and made a site visit to Pameung village ─ report to follow.

4. Project Implementation Strategy

4.1 Team action plan

The Project Manager is responsible for providing oversight and guidance for all the
activities and ensures delivery of all outputs. The Manager is based in Bangkok and from
there conducts regular teleconferences with the Project Team. These consistent
interactions serve as an avenue for staff to plan and discuss issues and challenges. They
also provide the Lao Office with a crucial link to IOM’s Regional Office, where
administrative issues are typically processed and meetings on relevant topics are held.
These teleconferences will be enhanced by periodic visits from the Project Manager to

Based in the Lao Office and working on this project on a full time basis, the Project
Coordinator is responsible for managing the implementation of all project activities and the
delivery of all outputs including planning according to set time lines (see detailed activity
schedule below). The Coordinator should manage and take a leadership role in
consultations with stakeholders, ensuring that coordination meetings and workshops with
the ADB HIV Project Team, CHAS and MPWT are held on a regular basis (throughout the
6 month duration). The Coordinator should also design, manage and oversee the
situational analysis and data collection in the field in Bolikhamxay (Month 2 and 3) and
collaborate with the Project Team to present the findings in a report (Month 4). The
Coordinator should also brief the Life-Skills and Training Specialist (who joins the Project
Team in Month 4) on progress thus far, and collaborate to develop training strategies and
M and E tools. The Coordinator will work closely with government officials in the field to
implement the on-the-job training on both development of the training curriculum and M
and E tools, and later ─ in close collaboration with the Consultant ─ in using the package
in the infrastructure environment (Month 2 to 5). In Month 6, the Coordinator will prepare
and present the final workshop with stakeholders and present findings. Finally, the
Coordinator will oversee preparations for the launch of the training package and, with the
support of the Project Team, develop the resource manual and final report.

The Life-Skills and Training Specialist will join the Project Team in Month 4 and will provide
technical support for the development of the training curriculum and strategies. The Project
Coordinator and Specialist will generally travel together and work in the field as a team to
undertake pre-testing and training. They will also spend time in the office developing the
curriculum and collaborating in the preparation of reports. The Training Specialist will also
participate in the final workshop, presenting findings to stakeholders and providing
technical input.

The Project Assistant is also located in the IOM Lao Office and will contribute to all project
activities throughout its six month duration. This will involve joining the Coordinator in the
field to provide crucial support in data collection and situational analysis, including
recruiting the data collection team and assisting in the development of question guides.
The Assistant will also contribute to the development and translation of reports and
documents. Moreover, the Project Assistant will participate in all workshops and
stakeholder meetings and assist the coordinator in all aspects of coordination for these

The team will be supported in technical matters by a recently appointed Migrant Health
Associate, engaged by IOM through the Australian Government’s Australian Youth
Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) program.

The MPWT through its Environmental and Social Division (ESD) and through its provincial
and district offices will provide support, coordination and access to facilities (ongoing for 6
months) and participate in regular/informal meetings with IOM and stakeholders. This will
include co-organizing the scheduled consultations (Month 2) and workshops (Month 4,
Month 6) other meetings will be convened as needed. MOPWT will also designate the
focal points for the project.

4.2 Program of activities and indicators

Objective 1: To conduct a situational needs assessment along selected road
constructions sites and nearby communities in Borikhamxay province.

                        Details                               Indicators (Process & Output)

 Coordinate and collaborate with government
 officials, private road construction companies, local
 community leaders to secure their cooperation and

 • Official meetings with MPWT at central,
   provincial and district levels to discuss project     • Consultative meetings and informal
   plan and strategies                                     meetings with key stakeholders are
 • Meet with the management of construction
   companies and community leaders to present            •   Pilot areas and groups of targets are
   the project and get cooperation to work with IOM          identified.
   and MPWT.

 Undertake assessment of mobility situation, work
 and communities environments among target
 populations in Borikhamxay province

 • Qualitative methods: focus groups and key             • Situational and baseline information
   informant interviews.                                   collected from targeted populations to
                                                           guide development of the training and
 • Identification of baseline parameters: mobility         implementing strategies
   situation, work situation, community
   environment, constraints and limitation and           • Situational and baseline assessments
   potential channels and strategies.                      report is shared through consultative
                                                           meetings and a national workshop with
 • Fieldwork for construction sites and communities        MPWT central unit, CHAS/MOH,
   affected by mobility in Borikhamxay.                    UNAIDS, ADB, other key stakeholders;

 • Share results with MPWT-ESD and HIV PT and • Report is posted on IOM Southeast
   those working road construction workers and  Asia website;
     affected   communities, and other  key
     stakeholders such as CHAS, UN agencies,
     NGOs, etc.

Objective 2: To develop strategies and training curriculum and monitoring and evaluation

                        Details                              Indicators (Process & Output)

 Develop the training curriculum for using the HIV-
 Safe Mobility package ‘For Life, With Love’ as well
 as appropriate training or implementing strategies
 within the local context and settings.

 • Develop training modules to deliver the set of
   HIV information and skills-building for              • MPWT staff learns to develop the
   construction workers working on several                training tools and pre-testing activities.
   components of road construction projects, truck
   drivers, as well as sex workers, other mobile
   populations and surrounding communities

 • Pilot-test modules with different target groups in
   selected Borikhamxay sites

 • Develop training strategies according to the
   results from situational assessment and tailored     • Training curriculum and implementing
   training modules                                       strategies are completed with
                                                          participation from the stakeholders and
 • Conduct consultative meetings among MPWT               beneficiaries.
   and stakeholders to share the outputs and get
   the feedbacks/comments                               • The curriculum and strategies are
                                                          translated into Lao and Vietnamese.
 • Modify and finalize the training curriculum and
   implementing strategies.

 •    Translate the curriculum and strategies into
      Lao and Vietnamese (the Vietnamese part will
      be done in coordination with IOM Vietnam).
 Develop the monitoring and evaluation tools for
 measuring the impact when using the IEC materials

 • Identify objectives and expectations of each
   training module.
                                                     • Monitoring and evaluation tools are
 • Design pre-test and post-test questionnaires for    developed.
   each set of module which would reflect the
   results of the training session.                  • MPWT staff is involved in the
                                                       development process and provide
 • Design the monitoring form and checklist that the   feedback.
   trainer would use after the training session to
   monitor the training activities.

 • Present forms and checklist to MPWT staff and
   modify as necessary to make it user-friendly.
Dissemination of the curriculum through a national

• Write a resource manual on how to develop          • Resource manual is completed and
  IEC/BCC methods and materials for HIV                shared among stakeholders and public.
  prevention in the infrastructure sector
                                                     • Governments, INGOs, and UN
• Invite and support officials from MPWT and           agencies participate in the national
  CHAS.                                                workshop.

• Invite relevant INGOs, UN, and mass
  organizations in Lao PDR.
4.3 Detailed Activity Schedule

Behaviour Change Communication for HIV Prevention in the Infrastructure Sector: A Pilot Activity to Adapt Video & Life Skill Materials to a Road Construction Setting
                                                     April           May            June             July        August         September        October      November
             Activity             Responsible
                                                 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Objective 1:To conduct a situational assessment along selected road construction sites and nearby communities in Bolikhamxay province
Development of letter of intention
between IOM and MPWT and signing
process                                 MI, IS, NM
Initial consultation with key
stakeholders including site visit
(provincial government authorities,
selected target groups, ADB HIV
project team, CHAS, MPWT)              IS, MI, AR
Designing of situational assessment
study and consultation with
stakeholders                           MI, AR, IS
Development of question guides for
situation assessment                       MI, AR, IS
Consultation with provincial authorities
and ADB HIV team on situation
assessment plan                            MI, IS
Translation and back translation of
question guides                            IS, MI
Recruiting data collectors and field
field team and preparation for data
collection                                 IS, MI
Develop training for data collectors
and field team                             MI, AR
Conduct training for data collectors
and field team, pilot question guides      MI, AR, IS
Conduct of situation assessment, data
collection                                 IS, MI, AR
Transcribing of the
interview/discussion scripts               IS
Translation of the interview/discussion
scripts                                    IS, MI
Analysis situation assessment data         MI, AR
Consultation workshop with
stakeholders on findings of situation  MI, IS, AR,
assessment                             NC
Prepare report of situational analysis MI, AR
Objective2: To develop HIV training curriculum, including M&E tools
Reproduction of 'For Life, With Love',
HIV Safe Mobility Package                   MI
Brief Life skills and training specialist
(NC) on findings of situation
assessment and progress to date,
introductions to stakeholders               MI, IS, AR
Development of training curriculum
and modules                                 NC, MI
Development of training strategies          NC, MI
Development of M&E tools for training       NC, MI
Pre testing of training curriculum and
M&E tools                                   NC, MI, IS
Prepare report of pre-test                  NC, MI
Consultation workshop with
stakeholders on training curriculum
and M&E tools                               MI, NC, IS
Finalisation of HIV training curriculum
using Safe-Mobility and HIV/AIDS
Video and life-Skills Activity Package
based on feedback and experience in
pre-test                                    NC, MI
Translation of the training curriculum
and tools into English                      MI, IS
Printing and preparing training
curriculum for dissemination           IS, MI
Objective 3: To build the capacity of MPWT, CHAS and relevant stakeholders in the development and dissemination of HIV IEC materials for the infrastructure sector
On the job training MPWT, CHAS and
HIV Project Team on development of
training curriculum, M&E tools & how
to use HIV safe mobility package in    MI, AR, NC,
infrastructure sector                  IS
Workshop with stakeholders on
development of HIV IEC materials and        MI, IS, AR,
training curriculum for the                 NC

infrastructure sector

Preparations for national launch:
Invitations, venue, catering etc          IS, MI
Launch of training package at national
workshop                                  IS, MI
Reports to ADB
Prepare inception report including
implementation plan, activity schedule,
M&E plan                                  AR, MI
Final report and preparation of
resource manual on HIV prevention in
infrastructure sector submitted to ADB    MI, NM, AR

MI = Montira Inkochasan
AR = Angela Rintoul
IS = Inthamala Sithimolada
NC = Nonthathorn Chaiphet
NM = Nenette Motus

5. Project Outputs

The project outputs include:

  I. An inception report including project implementation plan with timeline, activity
     schedule and details of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) - 2 copies to ADB project
 II. Comprehensive reports for the baseline study, pre-test and final test of Safe mobility
     and HIV/AIDS Video and Life Skills Package (2 copies to ADB Project Manager)
III. A final, customized Safe-Mobility and HIV/AIDS Video and Life-Skills Activity
     Package, including training modules and M&E tool (2 copies to ADB Project
IV. A final report including a 15-20 page resource manual on how to develop IEC/BCC
     methods and materials for HIV prevention in the infrastructure sector based on the
     key issues, lessons learned and recommendations identified from the project (2
     copies draft and one copy final)

7. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

Throughout the implementation of the project, the IOM Project Coordinator, in coordination
with nominated staff from CHAS and MPWT, will conduct regular monitoring to ensure that
the project activities continue to meet our objectives. This process will enable the project
staff to track the project’s progress, identify problems and propose solutions. It will also
measure the quality of project implementation. See detailed activity schedule for more

Monitoring and reporting activities will include:

•   Establishment of work plans and periodic revision of planned versus actual activities
    through physical checks, spot checks, field visits, etc
•   Review of outputs against objectives as set out in project document and donor’s
•   Review of the quality of activities will be undertaken through regular review meetings of
    project stakeholders. Feedback will be requested from stakeholders at the conclusion
    of the project.
•   Close monitoring of financial aspects of the project including monitoring of expenses
    versus budget, assistance in budget revision and financial reports
Annex A: List of contacts for program consultation and collaboration:

       Organization                      Contact Name                        Contact Details               Comment
National contact

                               Mr. Khanngeun Khamvongsa             Tel: +856 21 264 324-6           Letter of Intention
                               Deputy Permanet Secretary and             +856 21 451 074
                               Chair of HIV/AIDS Prevention              +856 21 911 326
                               Coordinator Committee                Fax: +856 21 412 250
Ministry of Public Works and                                        Email:
                               Mr. Xayabandith Insisiengmay         Tel: +856 21 412 264
                               Deputy Director of Environment and        +856 20 222 2097            In charge of
                               Social Division                      Fax: +856 21 453 187             HIV/AIDS Project

Ministry of Public Health,     Dr. Chansy Phimhpachanh              Tel: +856 21 315 500
CHAS : Center for              Director of CHAS                     Fax: +856 21 315 100             Key person for
HIV/AIDS/STI                                                        Email:   HIV/AIDS program

Bolikhamxay contact

Bolikhamxay Provincial         Mrs. Sikay Sipaseuth                 Tel: +856 54 212 452
Administration Office          Deputy Chief of Cabinet              Fax: +856 54 212 283
                                                                    Mobile: +856 20 233 8425
                                                                    Tel: +856 54 280 052
                               Mr. Sengpheth Mounlamay              Fax: +856 54 212 283
                               Head of Research-Executive           Mobile: +856 20 233 9645
                               Dr. Somphou Sivilay                Tel: +856 54 212 927
                               Chief of Provincial Committee      Fax: +856 54 280 025
Public Health Department,      Control of HIV/AIDS Department     Office email:
Bolikhamxay Province
                               Dr. Suchita                        Tel: +856 54 212 927
                               Technical of HIV/AIDS Department   Fax: +856 54 280 025             HIV/AIDS Technical
                                                                  Mobile: +856 20 571 0543
                                                                  Office email:

                               Dr. Douangta Leuangmylay           Tel: +856 54 212 927
                               Technical of HIV/AIDS Department   Fax: +856 54 280 025
                                                                  Mobile: +856 20 652 4676
ADB 10 Project’s contact

Ministry of Public Works and   Mr. Soulivanh Phommahasay          Tel & Fax: +856 21 414 782       In charge of ADB 10
Transport                      Deputy Project Manager             Mobile: +856 20 233 2929         in Bolikhamxay
                               Construction Department of Roads   Email:
                               ADB 10 (Paksan-Thasi in
                               Bolikhamxay Province)

Ministry of Public Works and
Transport                      Mr. Saipasong Taethavong           Tel: +856 54 212 038             Key Provincial
                               DCTPC Deputy Project Manager       Fax: +856 54 790 821             coordinator person
                                                                  Mobile: +856 20 233 3369         for ADB 10 at Paksan
                                                                                                   - Thasi area

                               Mr. Phet Viphonhien                Mobile: +856 20 567 6754         HIV/AIDS Consultant
Roads for Rural                                                   Email:         for ADB 10 in 4 sites
Development Project
                                                                                                   Human Trafficking
                               Mr. Souphap Khounvixay             Mobile: +856 20 770 6251         and
                               Human trafficking and Non-formal          +856 20 247 0605           Consultant for ADB
                               Education Specialist               Email:        10 in 4 sites

                               Mr. Nuansavanh Sengmany
                               Deputy Chief of Road Construction   Tel: +856 54 212 038               Chair
                               Department                          Fax: +856 54 790 821
                                                                   Mobile: +856 20 233 2007
                               Mr. Sytha Kheodaravong
                               Deputy Secretary of Provincial                                        Deputy
                               Committee, Youth Union
Provincial HIV/AIDS            Administration
Prevention Coordinator
Committee ADB/10 Paksan        Dr. Lattanapasouk Kettavong
– Thasi, Bolikhamxay           Provincial Education Department     Mobile: +856 20 585 3639         Committee
                               Dr. Somphou Sivilay                 Tel: +856 54 212 927
                               Provincial Committee Control of     Fax: +856 54 280 025             Committee
                               HIV/AIDS                            Office email:

                               Mrs. Valy Southavong
                               Chief of Lao Women’s Union,                                            Chair
                               Bolikhan District
District HIV/AIDS Prevention
Coordinator Committee
ADB/10 Paksan – Thasi,         Mr. Somepanh Xaykosy                Mobile: +856 20 541 8612          Deputy
Bolikhamxay Province           Chief of Information and Culture
                               Office, Paksan District

                               Mr. Ousa Lorvanxay                                                    Deputy
                               Public Health Office, Bolikhan

                               Mr. Khambeuang Douangmany           Mobile: +856 20 562 3061         Committee

Tourism Office Coordinator, Paksan

Mr. Kheo-oudon Luangsuvannavong      Mobile: +856 20 575 3865   Committee
Public Works and Transport Office,
Bolikhan District

Mr. Souvanhny Xayachanh                                         Committee
Education Committee Office,
Bolikhan District

Mr. Kham-oui Oulathai                                           Committee
Deputy Chief of Education Office,
Bolikhan District

Mr. Pakouaxong                                                  Committee
Lao Youth Union Office, Bolikhan

Annex B: Letter of Intention

No. 015/08

Mr.Khannguen Khamvongsa
Deputy Permanent Secretary and Chair of HIV/AIDS Prevention Coordinator Committee
Ministry of Public Works and Transport

                                              02 May 2008

Dear Mr.Khannguen Khamvongsa,

It is with pleasure that I inform you of the finalization of the International Organization for
Migration’s (IOM) contract agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) regarding
the implementation of RETA 6321 Sub-Project 3: “Behaviour Change Campaigns for HIV
Prevention in the Infrastructure Sector in Lao PDR: A Pilot Activity to Adapt Video and
Life-Skills Materials to a Road Construction Setting” (the “Project”). IOM has greatly
valued the continuing cooperation and support of the Ministry of Public Works and
Transport (MPWT) throughout the development of this project.

As discussed in consultative meetings with the Ministry, and particularly with the
Environmental and Social Division (ESD), the Project’s success relies greatly on close
collaboration between MPWT and IOM. In order to contribute to the MPWT policy to
mainstream HIV prevention into its sectoral programming, the Project seeks to enhance the
capacity of MTPW staff to design and implement activities targeting HIV prevention in the
infrastructure sector and adapt materials for use in the Lao PDR infrastructure setting.

The preparation and planning of the Project has been a joint endeavor by MPWT and IOM.
The MPWT has indicated continuing support to the Project through coordinating with IOM
in regular consultative meetings, providing access to facilities, nominating Ministry focal
points and participating and co-organizing meetings throughout the six month duration of
the Project. Without the support and collaboration of MPWT the Project would not be
possible and it in order to ensure its success, it is necessary to continue and to further
develop our partnership.

We are very pleased to be working with the government of the Lao People’s Democratic
Republic on important migration issues and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship
with your Ministry and kindly ask for the Ministry’s permission to allow IOM and MPWT
to proceed with the implementation of the Project.


                                              Irena Vojackova-Sollorano
                                              Representative for Southeast Asia

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