In the early 1990s, the Government of Thailand launched a campaign to reduce the country's HIV infection rate. Despite the campaign's success, however, HIV and AIDS continues to threaten the Thai people, especially the rural poor in the south and northeast areas of the country where fear of stigma and discrimination discourages residents from seeking help. Today, over 30,000 new cases of HIV are reported each year, and over 4,000 children are born each year with the illness.
In response to this need, CRS is supporting the efforts of the Catholic Committee on AIDS (CCA) in Thailand. CCA coordinates and supports the HIV and AIDS activities of 35 agencies, and has been recognized for its preventive efforts, and for its care and support services for orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS. CRS also works with the Catholic Bishops Conference of Thailand.