LEARNING September 14, 2017

World Health Organization’s Collaboration with APCOM in Amplifying HIV Responses among MSM and Transgender Communities in Asia and the Pacific

World Health Organization (WHO) has been a long-standing actor who paves the way to accomplish an AIDS-free generation. In achieving such vision, WHO understands that, as the fight against HIV and AIDS shifts from an emergency response to a long-term response, the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) and the community members of the affected populations becomes even more critical.

While influencing governments to take a lead and develop and implement comprehensive multisectoral HIV response strategies, WHO leverages the role of communities in incorporating and enhancing these efforts with their local community needs and primacy.

For the past decade, APCOM is proud to be a part of the community representatives engaged and supported by WHO to serve the MSM and transgender communities in Asia and the Pacific. From condom use to PrEP roll out, from technical consultation group membership to a partnership on conducting regional consultation, some of the collaborations between APCOM and WHO can be revisited from the list below.

APCOM’s Engagement at IAS Paris 2017

APCOM’s presence at IAS Paris 2017 is supported by WHO.  At the Conference, ED Midnight Poonkasetwattana co-chaired WHO’s Panel on Global PrEP Implementation and represented APCOM in joining WHO’s newly-launched Global PrEP Coalition. Read More

WHO’s Guidelines on HIV Self-testing and Partner Notification (2016)

APCOM welcomed the Guidelines and affirmed the commitment to integrate them within APCOM’s advocacy work. Read More

AIDS 2016 Pre-Meeting on PrEP Implementation

At Durban’s AIDS 2016’s pre-conference meeting on PrEP Implementation co-organised by WHO, ED Midnight Poonkasetwattana presented a country example (of Thailand) in increasing PrEP awareness and creating appropriate demand. The presentation was live streamed on APCOM’s Facebook page.

WHO’s New Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Testing Services (2015)

APCOM submitted the Regional Report: MSM and HIV Counselling and Testing in Asia and the Pacific to WHO as a background document to the development of the Guidelines. Read More

PrEPARING ASIA (2015)

Organized by APCOM with the support from WHO, PrEParing Asia is Asia’s first community-led dialogue brought in hundreds of MSM community adovates, sexual health policy makers, program planners and service providers and explore the potential of scaling up PrEP in the region. Read More

Headlight: Understanding WHO’s Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Services (2014)

APCOM’s Headlight series produces a summary brief of WHO’s Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care for Key Populations with a particular focus on the issues of concern among the MSM, transgender and youth population, designed for the use among community advocates. Read More

WHO’s Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care for Key Populations (2014)

APCOM, which serves as external peer reviewer of the Guidelines, welcome the new consolidated Guidelines that addresses the gap and limitation from the previous guidelines. Read More

Regional Consultation on Improving Access to Prevention, Care and Treatment of HIV among MSM and Transgender People (2013)

Representing the community voices, APCOM attended the Consultation hosted by UNDP and WHO SEARO in New Delhi, India. Read More

Consultation on HIV, STI and Other Health Needs of Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific (2012)

Acting as a temporary advisor, APCOM attended the Consultation that’s co-convened by WHO, UNAIDS and UNDP in Manila, the Philippines. Read More

Priority HIV and Sexual Health Interventions in the Health Sector for MSM Asia-Pacific Region (2010)

Together with UNDP, UNAIDS and Department of Health of Hong Kong (China), APCOM assisted WHO in developing a strategic document that describes the priority health sector interventions needed to achieve universal access to HIV  and other sexual health services by MSM. Read More

A Comprehensive Package of Services to Reduce HIV among MSM and Transgender Populations in Asia and the Pacific (2009)

APCOM and WHO, along with ASEAN and several development agencies, convened a consensus meeting that aimed to build on collective efforts and experiences of national AIDS responses, INGO and community experience. Read More

Health Sector Response to HIV/AIDS among MSM (2009)

During the Consultation organised by WHO to discuss ways of scaling up the health sector response to the emerging HIV epidemic among MSM in WHO’s Western Pacific region, APCOM committed to assist in strengthening and harmonising data collection and analysis, and promoting sharing of data across countries of the region. Read More

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Photo caption: APCOM ED Midnight Poonkasetwattana (left) and WHO’s HIV Team’s Key Population & Innovative Prevention (KPP) Coordinator Rachel Baggaley (right) during PrEParing Asia Consultation (2015)