Photos of the HIV/AIDS & Health Information Center set up by our local partners in Mangshi Town. The centre is located in the middle of town adjacent to a busy market, and in a part of town where many sex workers live.
TAG = "Luxi City"
Our local partners opened up an HIV/AIDS and Health Information Centre in Mangshi during the summer of 2008. The purpose of this office was (a) generally, to provide an information centre for the people of Mangshi to come and find out more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent and live with the disease and (b) specifically, to provide a safe place for sex workers to meet and receive prevention materials such as condoms, and a safe place to test their blood for HIV.
Luxi City is located in the west part of Yunnan Province between 98°01′ and 98°44′ east longitude and between 24°05′ and 24°39′ north latitude. It is 71 km long (west to east) and 62 km wide (north to south) and has a total area of 2987 square km, of which 26% is valley area and 76% is mountain area. The county borders with Burma on a bordering line as long as 68.23 km.
The total population of the city is 370669, of which 75396 is women and 28756 is children under 7 years old. Ethnically Han people take up 50.65%, Dai people 35.28%, Jingpo 7.86%, Lisu 1.08%, De’ang 2.6%, and others 2.53%. De’ang is among the smallest ethnic groups in China and is mainly inhabited in villages in Santanshan Township.
The Mangshi Town, Da-wan Village being one of its villages, is the largest town in Luxi County and even in Dehong Prefecture, enjoying an area of 427.5 square kilometres and having a total population of 140,000, the majority of whom are Dai and Han, intermingled by a small number of Jingpo and De’Ang.
The Dai people living in Myanmar have a different name of Shan and live mainly in the Shan State. In Luxi County, Dehong Prefecture, Dai people are a major ethnic minority group, who live in fertile valley areas such as Mangshi Town, Fengping Town, Zhefang Town and Xuangang Township where crops grow well and transportation is convenient. Therefore, Dai people are relatively rich compared with other ethnic minority groups, even richer than most of the Han people living on farms.
In August it rained a lot in Dehong Prefecture, which is a sub-tropical area. Usually it rains throughout the season from June till September, so we decided to carry out the project in different ways. In June and July we couldn’t make up our minds.
Then in late July we decided to set up an INFORMATION INQUIRY CENTRE on a street in Mangshi Town. Most sex workers live in the neighbourhood, and it is also where the market is located. Every day people trade for goods here; and every five days it is a centre of larger-scaled market, when people from towns and villages all over Luxi City come here to sell and buy things.
We set up the CENTRE at this location because it is really the centre and we can more easily get access to common local people who need our service. We furnished the CENTRE on August 6-7 with a TV, a big cupboard, some tables, desks, stools, and some brochures, pamphlets on HIV/AIDS and some sexual diseases such as the clap, syphilis, etc. Condoms are in the glass cupboard so that people visiting our CENTRE can see and ask for them if they need some.