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Tuesday 10 August, 2009
More civil society participation to effect policy change sought
BALI, Indonesia, Aug. 10 – United Nations Special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Dr. Nafis Sadik, has called on civil society to step up all efforts to curtail HIV/ AIDS and effect policy change.
In a forum on Redefining AIDS in Asia: Community Perspectives, she said that civil society has a tremendous role in responding to HIV and AIDS in Asia.
“You can influence leaders to make policy work in your area and make universal access achievable for all,” she said...
Youth Voice Lacking in Decision Making Levels
Youth voice is lacking when it comes to decision-making at the political level. There is the need to involve youth from the lowest level to the highest levels of decision-making so that they have a say for the betterment of their lives in the future.
Tuesday 11 August, 2009
Program Changing the Lives of Women Living with HIV in Vietnam
By Nancy Lagdom
Especially when it comes to HIV and AIDs, specific populations are sometimes discriminated against, or their human rights abused, because of social situations, cultures or norms and ideas within communities. In most cases, the community blames these groups of people, and identifies them as problematic. This causes them to become marginalized.
There is, however, the need to identify these marginalized groups and work with them. These marginalized groups are sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and women and men who are living with HIV and AIDS. The Oral Abstract on Specific Populations and Who is Doing What at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, brought together a range of speakers from the region to share what they have been doing and to strengthen and empower others as well.
Experiences in Clinical Sciences
By Yumnam Rupachandra
The Clinical Science Oral presentation session on Tuesday, saw six presentations from six different countries. The session was co-chaired by Dr N.M. Samuel and Dr Budi Utomo. The session was well attended with several medical practitioners taking keen a interest in the presentations.
Ngin Sopheak from Combodia spoke on very early diagnosis of HIV infection in new-borns from day 0 to day 3. Next to address the session was Dr Tsuchiya Naho of Thailand on the issue of opportunistic infections before and after the national antiretroviral program in northern Thailand.
Protecting Patients, Providers and the Public transmission of HIV, TB and other infection in Health care setting
By Yumnam Rupachandra
Strengthening and Deepening Networks on Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in Asia/Pacific
By Gilda E. Guillermo
A Satellite Meeting on “Strengthening and Deepening Networks on Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in Asia/Pacific” was held at the Orchid Room on 11 August 2009, during the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.
Caring for children and families affected by HIV in Concentrated and Low Level Epidemic Government and Community Response that are Making a Difference
Thursday 12 August, 2009
HIV and AIDS and Young People
Pakistan is a low prevalence country for HIV and AIDS, with 96,000 of people living with HIV. However, for some groups, including young people, there is a high risk of infection.
Pakistan currently has the largest group of youth (ages 10 – 24) in its history, with nearly 54.2 million individuals. Concerns are that young people are deprived of sexual and reproductive health rights. Young women of all socio-economic status often have restrictions on their mobility and independent actions starting at puberty, while for young men the world often expands after puberty as they gain autonomy, mobility, opportunity and responsibilities outside the home. So much freedom for young men, can make them HIV and other STIs.
STORY “ONE” : Delhi High Court decision-Talk of the town at ICAAP 9
STORY “TWO” : Men enjoying…… Women in danger
STORY “THREE” : Voice of the Unheard
By Jasvinder Sehgal
Transgender and the risk of HIV
The lack of sexual education and knowledge and information about reproductive health, at school and in society, makes it very difficult for young transgender people, who can be abandoned by their families, and even their communities and schools.
Further complicating matters is the stigma suffered by transgender people, and religious mores that dictate that being transgender is “a sin.”
TRANSGENDER AND THE RISK OF HIV
UN envoy for HIV/AIDS urges Parliamentarians to fight the disease
Children Living with HIV in Asia
Ms. Panida Thapanangkun, Theatre Director of the Theatre & Drama for Development Centre, spoke of their Arts as Alternative Therapy for Thai Children living with HIV, which covers the areas of Bangkok, Chiangrai, Khon Khan and Phetburi and reaching 1,000 children of elementary and secondary school age.
AIDS cases double in East Timor
Report on innovative partnerships between the Global Fund and the private sector, engagement to increasing capacity to implement programs at country Level
Towards Minimizing Harm
Yanni Meliandari Achmad, however, feels there was need for the methadone clinic and regular clinics to be integrated as drug users do not like to go to regular clinics for other services. “Regular clinics also do not like the drug users and consider them as non consistent,” Yanni said, based on her finding titled Integration of Opioid Substitution Therapy and HIV Care for injecting Drug Users: A cohort study.