Tingim Laip Project, Papua New Guinea

Tingim Laip focuses on specific populations who are most affected by HIV, and works in particular environments of HIV risk, vulnerability and impact. Key populations for the project are sex workers and other women regularly involved in transactional sex, MSM, PLHIV and Mobile Men with Money.

Tingim Laip is a Tok Pisin phrase that loosely translates to 'thinking about life' or 'value life'. Operating in 20 locations across 10 provinces, the Tingim Laip project is the largest targeted, peer-led HIV prevention and care project in Papua New Guinea. A project of the PNG National AIDS Council, Tingim Laip is administered by DFAT on behalf of the Australian Government. The second phase of this project, managed by Cardno Emerging Markets, began in 2010 with APMG as the technical lead partner. We provide external expertise in addition to managing technical aspects of the project contract.

The goal of Tingim Laip is to contribute to the reduction of HIV prevalence in key populations, to improve care and support for those infected and to minimise the social and economic impact of the epidemic on individuals, families and community.

Tingim Laip focuses on specific populations who are most affected by HIV, and works in particular environments of HIV risk, vulnerability and impact. Key populations for the project are sex workers and other women regularly involved in transactional sex, MSM, PLHIV and Mobile Men with Money. Tingim Laip prioritises locations and environments where HIV risk, vulnerability and impact are heightened. This includes places where sex is regularly exchanged for money and goods, urban settlements, transport migration hubs, residential work, and industry sites such as mining camps and oil palm plantations. These locations are often characterised by mobility, multiple concurrent sexual partnerships, alcohol use, sexual violence and men with disposable incomes. Working with and through key populations in PNG, Tingim Laip's approach is to:

  • Identify, understand and respond to factors that contribute to the spread of HIV
  • Build safer environments and support positive behaviour change including health seeking
  • Promote universal access to HIV prevention and care services

People living with HIV are involved in all stages of Tingim Laip activities. The project recruits and trains volunteers and casual workers from key populations in each location to deliver peer-based prevention and care activities. All interventions are specifically designed to be sensitive and appropriate to local culture and social situations. Tingim Laip Project Documents

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Lou is a director of APMG and is based in Sydney. He has worked in the response to HIV in a variety of roles since 1983 including management of AIDS home and community programmes and was Executive Director of Australia’s national AIDS NGO. Lou has a background in paediatric nursing, nursing service management and public policy. He worked alongside friends and colleagues in the early part of Sydney’s response to HIV in the gay community, setting up volunteer emotional support and home-care programmes, providing community support in outpatient clinics and providing VCT counselling. Lou began working as an HIV and development consultant in 1998, focusing on technical assistance for national and provincial AIDS policy development, and implementation and strengthening of the civil society response to AIDS. Lou is an experienced adult learning trainer and has prepared and conducted training programs for a wide range of health and community workers. He is also a consumer health advocate and has served two terms as national chairperson of the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia.