Funding mechanism: Programme Acceleration Fund (PAF), UNAIDS
Project budget: 47,775 USD
- To identify HIV and tuberculosis (TB) risk behaviours of street vendors and train peer educators to increase their knowledge and awareness on HIV and trafficking;
- To formulate evidence-based policy;
- To motivate street vendors to utilize HIV and TB voluntary counselling and testing services; and
- To integrate HIV and TB into the agenda of the Nepal Street Vendors Trade Union (NEST).
Street vending is a major source of livelihoods for the informal sector in Nepal. It is estimated that over 100,000 people are engaged as street vendors; almost half of them are women. Despite the fact that street vending contributes to an important portion of household income, working conditions are largely unregulated and characterized by poor health and safety conditions. Street vendors are vulnerable to HIV and TB due to high mobility and displacement. They lack a sense of community and social reinforcements for monogamous sexual relationships. Sharing the same physical space with sex workers, they engage in unprotected sex. This project aims to fill this information and intervention gap by collecting information on their risk of HIV infection as evidence base for developing interventions and policies.
Key activities include:
- Holding consultations with stakeholders;
- Conducting a survey on the vulnerabilities of street vendors to HIV and TB; and
- Disseminating findings and developing HIV and TB preventive interventions for street vendors accordingly.