Economic need was particularly acute for the women who were employed solely on commission. Troung Cong Dat and his team in Vietnam for all their assistance. Health Care for Women International. This was not the case for all the women working as beer promoters elsewhere: in Laos and Vietnam the women participating in the focus groups reported that they were generally not allowed to drink with their clients. The sampling framework was a convenience sample, i. The research question addressed by the pilot study was: What are the key issues that affect the sexual and reproductive health of beer promoters, and how do these issues compare with the research agenda themes developed at the meeting? The most significant was the sexual harassment the women experienced, but noise and smoke, and the rigours of having to appear attractive all the time were also perceived as problematic. To address this gap, we organized a meeting to develop a regional research agenda on the sexual and reproductive health of beer promoters. They chose to work as beer promoters as they lacked education for other better-paying jobs.