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 …

REGIONAL June 25, 2015

MSM & Transgender Communities Paving the Way to Sustain their Income

With the prevailing social stigma and oppressive law, access to funding is difficult for the everyday heroes working for the community of sexual and gender minorities.

The sustainability of many community organisations in the region has been questionable. With the prevailing social stigma and oppresive law, access to funding is difficult for the everyday heroes working for the community of sexual and gender minorities. It is not uncommon that their work survive from project to project and then disappear altogether due to their inability to sustain their income. In a constitutionally-Islamic …

SHOWCASE April 30, 2015

Spotlight: Lhak-Sam (BNP+), Bhutan

Lhak-Sam Bhutan Network of Positive People, often shortened as Lhak-Sam, is the first and only network of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Bhutan – the landlocked South Asian kingdom. Registered officially as a civil society organisation in 2010, Lhak-Sam’s initial goal is to promote and provide leadership, education and capacity building for people living with HIV and their families. A home …

SHOWCASE November 12, 2014

Spotlight: Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka

Established in 1953, the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka (FPA Sri Lanka) serves as a non-governmental organization (NGO) that explores innovative and challenging processes of family planning in Sri Lanka. The organisation is proud to be one of the most expansive and well known NGO’s in the country that focuses on family planning, sexual and reproductive health and welfare, …

PUBLICATIONS August 29, 2013

South Asia Regional Advocacy Framework and Resource Guide: HIV, Human Rights and SOGIE

UNDP, in collaboration with South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law (SAARCLAW), developed a series of framework to assist human rights defenders in South Asia to work together on advocacy priorities for removing the legal and policy barriers that prevent MSM and transgender people from enjoying the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, particularly …

POLICIES November 1, 2008

Report on mapping MSM groups, organisations and networks in South Asia

According to a policy brief titled “The Value of Investing in MSM Programs in the Asia and the Pacific region”, developed by the USAID Health Policy Initiative and APCOM (March 2008), there is strong evidence establishing male-to-male sex as one of the driving forces of HIV transmission in the region. HIV prevalence among MSM and transgender populations ranges from 3 …

PUBLICATIONS July 2, 2008

Mapping Transgender Groups, Organisations and Networks in South Asia

HIV prevalence among MSM and transgender populations ranges from 3% to 31% in Asia-Pacific countries1 (5 to 15 times higher than overall HIV prevalence). In India, for instance, the latest estimates by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), India, show that prevalence among MSM and transgender populations was 5.7% in 2006 as against the overall adult prevalence of 0.36%. Technical and …