Bangladeshi sailors – characteristics, working conditions and HIV and AIDS-related vulnerabilities

Briefing papers
July 2013
Fiona Samuels, Mirza Manbira Sultana (CARE Bangladesh), Navneet Kaur (CARE India) and Surajit Chakraborty (CARE India)

Drawing on small-scale qualitative studies in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, this new Project Briefing – part of the EMPHASIS (Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV and AIDS Information Services and Support) project – focuses on Bangladeshi sailors' knowledge of HIV- and AIDS-related diseases. Although reported HIV-risk behaviour is low, the study highlights behaviours such as the low use of condoms and habits in visiting sex workers.

This briefing drew on a larger report entitled 'Bangladeshi Sailors' vulnerability to HIV and AIDS' authored by Mirza Manbira Sultana, Navneet Kaur and Surajit Chakraborty. We would also like to acknowledge support for the overall study from the following: Nabesh Bohidar (India), Abu Taher, Mohammad Hafijul Islam, Ajit Kumar Roy, Tahmina Sultana (Bangladesh), Sanju Wagle (Nepal).