ADVOCACY June 20, 2019

Inter-Regional Dialogue presents status quo of key population’s engagements with the Global Fund’s sustainability, transition and co-financing

19 June 2019, Bangkok,Thailand – APCOM releases a report resulting from the recently held Inter-Regional Dialogue on Global Fund’s Sustainability, Transition and Co-Financing (STC). Titled “Framing the Status Quo”, the document aims to provide the current state of key population’s and Country Coordinating Mechanism’s (CCM) understanding and engagement with the Global Fund’s STC Policy. According to the report, key population …

ADVOCACY June 19, 2019

Working with the Global Fund in Nepal

We luckily got two community representatives on the Global Fund Co-ordination Mechanism (CCM) for Nepal, Raju Lama and Pareena who willing to share their challenges which they have been experiencing to perform their function effectively. Their concrete recommendations would help you and community members to meaningfully engage with CCM and Global Fund. Here are their stories: Interviewee: Raju  1) What …

ADVOCACY June 5, 2019

APCOM Ambassador: Okkar’s apology

APCOM has appointed Mr. Okkar Min Maung its new Community Ambassador. However, there was a concern regarding his appointment pertaining to his casting in a film portraying LGBT people in a bad light. Okkar has sincerely apologised for any distress or offense that his work as an actor in one of many films has caused. He states that the film in question was made …

REGIONAL June 5, 2019

Pacific Issues For HIV/AIDS

In the lead up to the recent ILGA World Conference in New Zealand, APCOM partnered with the Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN) and Haus of Khameleon to conduct a pre-conference session focusing on opportunities to end HIV among people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). The session also considered how collaboration could be strengthened between …

NEWSROOM June 5, 2019

GAY GAMES: Game Show that Gays Must Not Miss

This May, testBKK, APCOM’s HIV testing campaign targeting young gay men in Bangkok, has released GAY GAMES, a web-based game reality show to promote HIV testing uptakes and key sexual health knowledges among young Thai gay men. GAY GAMES’ 5 episodes feature myriads of gay men in Bangkok from different communities which portray a diversity of gay lifestyles and interests …

NEWSROOM June 5, 2019

ENGAGING THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Engaging financial institutions including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the private sector towards LGBTQI inclusion, and bringing the voices of the LGBTQI communities to these discussions are overarching goals of Finance Inc., a project being implemented by APCOM and our country partner organizations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, and the Philippines. Anchored on the principles of equality and non-discrimination …

SHOWCASE May 1, 2019

BUILDING AN EVIDENCE BASE TO ADVOCATE FOR LGBTQI ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Helping improve the inclusion of LGBTQI people in the decision making of development banks and the private sector is the aim of APCOM’s Finance Inc. project which we commenced last year.  We’re extremely fortunate to have as part of our Advisory Group for the project Prof. M.V. Lee Badgett from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an expert in economic and …

SHOWCASE May 1, 2019

WORKING WITH THE GLOBAL FUND IN CAMBODIA

In late April, APCOM hosted a two-day consultation and workshop in Bangkok on transition and sustainability readiness for HIV advocates from across South East Asia. Participants learned about new strategies and examined a range of case studies on best practices taking place across the region. There was also some strategic regional level guidance to help participants implement strategies at national …

ADVOCACY April 30, 2019

HIV ADVOCATES AT THE 2019 PEPFAR REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PLAN MEETINGS

In early April, representatives from community groups in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, Thailand, and regional key population networks, including APCOM met with US Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Ambassador Deborah Birx in Bangkok as part of the agency’s 2019 Regional Operational Plan (ROP) …

NEWSROOM April 30, 2019

TestBKK’s New Approaches to Thai MSM who Use Drugs

After launching “Safter Hi-fun” page, “Alcohol and Drugs” Microsite, and “How to Organise Safer Chemsex Party” Bookleton testBKK.org website in the last year, testBKK, APCOM’s flagship HIV testing campaign to young gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Bangkok, has stepped up to experiment new ways to approach Thai MSM who use drugs with combinations of offline and …