Author: Secretariat

Building the Movement on Universal Health Coverage in Asia-Pacific

Bangkok, 08 December 2017 – One of the most recurring issues among communities and civil society when it comes to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is that while there may be health coverage or similar schemes in their countries that activists are familiar of, these are insufficient to cater the needs of everyone, especially among those who are marginalized due to stigma, discrimination, criminalization, or simply because they are considered invisible. This was among the many conversations that took place in a two-day regional caucus organized by Global Fund Advocates Network – Asia-Pacific. Around 40 community representatives, civil society, key...

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APCASO at the RRRAP Meeting

by Quentin Batréau, APCASO Secretariat APCASO joined the Rights, Resources & Resilience Asia Pacific (RRRAP) conference organized by APCOM in Bangkok this November 13th-15th. The meeting was a blast, and an amazing opportunity for HIV activists from across the region to meet and exchange on today’s most pressing issues. Jennifer Ho and I animated a session during the conference with the help of Johnny Tohme from MSMGF, titled Passage To Meaningful Engagement – Improving the understanding of the opportunities and challenges for community engagement in the Global Fund processes.  The session was an opportunity for participants to look back at the...

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ACT! AP welcomes Ministerial Declaration, calls on Ministries to prioritize communities and regional targets to end TB

30 November 2017 Last November 17, more than seventy ministers agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. The announcement came at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response. The Moscow Declaration contains commitments on four fronts: Move rapidly to achieve universal health coverage by strengthening health systems and improving access to people-centered TB prevention and care, ensuring no one is left behind. Mobilize sufficient and sustainable financing through increased domestic and international investments to close gaps in implementation and research. Advance research and development of...

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Mental Health Issues of Activists: A Silent (but Growing) Concern

(October 10 is World Mental Health Day. This 2017, according to the World Health Organization, the theme is Mental Health in the Workplace. To observe this, APCASO’s Deputy Director, Jennifer Ho, shares her reflections as she raises awareness on the mental health issues of activists and the need to discuss them.) I was in Amsterdam last September attending a meeting with some of the activists who have been in the advocacy for more or less a decade. Over lunch, one of our conversations centered on a friend’s invitation to a 10-day meditation retreat in Bali, Indonesia. I know her for almost a decade now from the HIV advocacy and I was both intrigued and curious on this new venture that she’s into. I asked her about it and she explained about the need for activists like us to spend some time taking care about ourselves, especially to those who have been involved in the advocacy for almost all their lives. In particular, with all the craziness that is happening in the world right now, it is very important, now more than ever, to take a step back and recollect our strengths and re-establish our inner core. Some of my friends who were sitting on the same table eventually jumped into the conversation and was even making fun of one of our peers who should be immediately signing up to that retreat! Thinking...

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Mobilizing and reigniting community participation in the Global Fund processes in Sri Lanka

By Roshan DeSilva, Executive Director, Diversity and Solidarity Trust The civil society engagement in the National Global Fund processes have been minimized to tokenistic level over the years. To date, out of the 25 seats at the CCM, only 2 seats are allocated for people living with diseases and one seat for key affected populations. Civil society actors have also become hesitant to engage in the Global Fund processes and reluctant to voice their concerns due to the fear of losing their SR and SSR positons. At the same time, civil society stakeholders lack the capacity to strategize their...

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