LEARNING November 1, 2016

MSA Workshop on Strengthening Programme Management System (Second Batch)

Conducted in Kathmandu from 24 to 27 October 2016, the second batch of the Strengthening Programme Management Systems Workshop aimed to improve the project management proficiency of community organisation partners under Multi-Country South Asia HIV Global Fund Programme (MSA) in: creating, designing and managing quality programs and projects – to a highly successful state of conclusion. constructing a well-designed set of Standard …

ADVOCACY September 8, 2016

Asia’s First Ever Animation Video to Advocate for Youth-friendly HIV Services

Named after a discussion paper with the same title, Jumping Hurdles is the region’s first animation video to advocate the importance of youth-friendly HIV services. Jumping Hurdles visualises issues faced by young gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in accessing HIV services, followed by a series of recommendations on how healthcare settings can make their HIV services inclusive towards young clients. …

LEARNING August 30, 2016

MSA Workshop on Developing Effective Leaders to Good Governance

On August 22-24, a three-day workshop to improve South Asian community advocates’ leadership skills was conducted by APCOM in Bangkok. Titled “Developing Effective Leaders Resulting to Good Governance”, the workshop was attended by 29 HIV service delivery project managers and officers from nine community organisations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Nepal under Multi-country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme …

LEARNING August 18, 2016

Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme in AIDS 2016

The International AIDS Conference is the biggest gathering of experts, opinion leaders and community advocates on any global health or development issues in the world. First convened during the peak of AIDS epidemic in 1985, the Conference continue to provide a distinct platform for the intersection of advocacy, human rights and science in eradicating the epidemic. AIDS 2016, or the …

RESEARCH July 10, 2016

Meeting Digest: 2nd APCOM South Asia Strategic Information Advisors Meeting

APCOM South Asia Strategic Information Advisors (ASASIA) was held for the second time on the 30th and 31st of June 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Titled “Evidence to Action”, the overall objective of the meeting is to strengthen the strategic information and knowledge around MSM and transgender issues for stronger HIV and human rights response in South Asia region under the …

SHOWCASE March 22, 2016

Long Ride to the Taxi Rank – Progress on Transgender Rights in Kerala, India

“I still remember the day in 2014 when I met with senior Kerala government officials,” recalls Dr Arumugam Vijayaraman, Deputy Director, Voluntary Health Services (VHS) in Chennai, India. “Transgender visibility did not exist at that time in Kerala.” It seemed like it would be a long road ahead for transgender rights and visibility. However, the accelerator has been pushed over …

SHOWCASE February 29, 2016

The Dawn of a National Intersex Movement: The First National Intersex Workshop in Nepal

The first ever national level meeting on issues and challenges facing intersex people in Nepal was held this week in Kathmandu, providing an important opportunity for activists to advocate for inclusion in ongoing dialogue around human rights for sexual minorities in the country. “Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do not fit …

LEARNING February 16, 2016

MSA Workshop on Strengthening Programme Management System (First Batch)

Conducted in Bangkok from 25 to 28 January 2016, the Strengthening Programme Management Systems Workshop aimed to improve the project management proficiency of community organisation partners under Multi-Country South Asia HIV Global Fund Programme (MSA) in: creating, designing and managing quality programs and projects – to a highly successful state of conclusion. constructing a well-designed set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) The …

REGIONAL December 23, 2015

PrEParing South Asia

The progress of South Asian PrEP advocates in generating PrEP demand in their region

In September 2014, APCOM conducted the region’s pioneer dialogue exploring the roll out of PrEP in Asia and the Pacific called PrEParing Asia. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. PrEP is an HIV prevention approach where HIV-negative individuals use HIV medication to significantly reduce their risk of becoming infected if they are exposed to the virus. A common brand of medication used …

LEARNING October 21, 2015

MSA Workshop on Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)

WORKSHOP DIGEST

On October 18-20, a three-day workshop to improve South Asian community advocates’ organizational skills on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) was conducted by APCOM in Bangkok. Thirty potential/incumbent M&E staffs from nine community organisations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Nepal under Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA) initiative attended the workshop. The objectives of the workshop were to: increase …