AIDS Program Targets Migrants; HIV Awareness Poor among Foreign Workers

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Migrant workers in Hong Kong continue to lack knowledge and awareness about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and are mostly unable to access AIDS-related services because of language and other barriers, according to Elijah Fung, manager of the HW Education Centre at the island's St. John's (Anglican) Cathedral.

Ms. Fung said the matter was worrying since statistics show that migrant workers are at high risk of being infected with HIV and of passing it along when they return to their home countries. She cited statistics that showed that 50 per cent of HIV/AIDS cases in Sri Lanka and 37 per cent in the Philippines involved migrant workers.

Ms. Fung repotted the statistics during a briefing in Toronto for staff of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada, which supports the centre's work.

Hong Kong has a migrant worker population of almost 250,000, of which nearly 220,000 are foreign domestic workers, 90 per cent of them women. …