Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. At the heart of the Indochinese peninsula, Laos is bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast and Thailand to the west and southwest.

CHIAs (Previously known as LaoPHA) has worked as an officially recognised community-based organization since 2005 and became registered as a local non-profit association in 2012. Their five priority areas are community advocacy, community mobilisation and network strengthening, human rights, public health and holistic activities.


The organisation is the focal point of a national network of support for people living with HIV/AIDS with whom they work and coordinate responses for across from key provincial and national level networks. Their work extends to not only PLHIV, but pushes for a broader agenda of support for high-risk and marginalised communities, including sex workers, drug users, men who have sex with men, transgender people, migrant workers, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and women.

Key activities under SKPA in Lao PDR

  1. Community Based Monitoring ( CBM) & Demand generation for HIV services through digital campaigns

  2. Promote and expand access to community Screening and HIV Self Testing

  3. Promote and expand access to PrEP

  4. Peer-led demand creation and service re-orientation to increase treatment update and reduce loss to follow up

  5. Stigma and discrimination reduction

  6. Generate strategic information for PWID to inform planning

  7. Increase domestic financing to support transition and sustainability

  8. Reducing HIV-related gender discrimination, harmful gender norms and violence against women and girls in all their diversity