Author: Secretariat

Prioritizing Civil Society and Key Population Community Participation at EGM on HIV/AIDS

by Jennifer Ho, Deputy Director, APCASO APCASO joins regional civil society and key population networks as well as community-based organisations from eight (8) countries at the Asia Pacific Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on HIV held last 27th November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. With the title, “Reviewing the Implementation of Commitments from the Asia Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS Beyond 2015”, the EGM was organized by UNESCAP, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNODC, together with other UN agencies. This year’s EGM aimed at reviewing the progress of achieving commitments based on the Asia Pacific Regional Framework for Action on HIV and AIDS...

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Asia-Pacific TB activists call on Member States to commit to fast-track MDR-TB and TB-HIV responses and to increase TB-affected community participation at UN HLM on TB

APCASO, together with various community and civil society partners in the region such as the Global Coalition of TB activists (GCTA), Action for Health Initiative (ACHIEVE), Inc., KHANA, Africa-Japan Forum, and Spiritia Foundation, met at UNAIDS New York Office in the sidelines of the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis to strategize and consolidate collective action to ensure that TB-affected communities and civil society in Asia-Pacific have a stronger voice and that priorities will be highlighted in the country statements of the region. At the meeting, the group agreed to come up with a communities statement that highlights five key...

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AIDS2018 Roundup: Strengthening Multisectoral Approaches to HIV in Asia Pacific

APCASO joined 16,000 activists, researchers, policymakers, and community leaders at the 22nd International AIDS Conference held from July 23 to 27 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In the span of six days, APCASO Secretariat and members participated as co-organisers and speakers in twenty sessions from the main session halls to the Global Village on topics around TB-HIV integration, universal health coverage, HIV financing and sustainability, harm reduction, and community engagement in the Global Fund processes. A Closer Link between HIV and TB With the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB taking place next month, APCASO and partners called for a...

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All roads lead to Amsterdam this weekend as the 22nd International AIDS Conference opens this Saturday! Activists, researchers, and community workers will gather again in Amsterdam after 22 years at the largest conference on any global health or development issue. Carrying the theme, “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”, AIDS2018 will highlight the latest updates on the science in ending the HIV pandemic, as well as innovative and new tools on prevention and treatment. Most importantly, this conference will feature effective practices by key population communities and the broader civil society in addressing structural, political, and social barriers of addressing the epidemic. Thousands of sessions will be...

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APCASO and ACT! AP drum up regional civil society and community priorities at the Interactive Civil Society Hearing on TB

06 June 2018 – The Interactive Civil Society Hearing in preparation towards the first United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis took place last June 4 at the United Nations Secretariat building in New York City, U.S.A. This meeting gathered around 400 civil society activists, community-based organizations, and TB affected communities to raise priorities and key asks of TB communities towards ending TB. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UN President of the General Assembly (PGA) H.E. Miroslav Lajčák opened the Hearing along with Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Stop TB Partnership Executive Director, Dr. Eric Goosby, UN Special Envoy on TB,...

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