Author: Secretariat

High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage – A Promise of Universal Access to Health for All?

As the dusk settled in New York after the United Nations General Assembly took place in late September, the world enters in its final decade before the Sustainable Development Goals is expected to be realized. Among these goals is SDG 3, particularly 3.8 that commits to: “Achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.” As such, the UN High Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC was held along with other equally important High-Level Meeting that week, with the Climate Action Summit and the High-Level Forum on Financing for Development taking place that same week. Admittedly, the framing of the Political Declaration revolves around the SDG target, but also intends to provide a comprehensive answer to health-related issues, and hence to put an end to the procession of health-related HLMs. Since the UN General Assembly Special Session on AIDS in 2001, Member States and other actors realized the power in leveraging a High-Level political process to demand political leadership, to call for increased international cooperation and funding, and to mobilize communities to ensure that there is accountability in these processes. While the AIDS epidemic continues to be a highly relevant agenda until today (essentially given the increasing and resurging epidemics in some countries, especially in Asia and the Pacific), countries...

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BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT COMMUNITY-LED RESPONSE TO HEALTH – Overcoming Global Fund Grant Implementation Bottlenecks

The Asia Pacific Community, Rights and Gender Communication and Coordination Platform (APCRG) 2019 Partners Meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 18-19 June 2019. Hosted by APCASO, APCRG is an initiative of the Global Fund Community, Rights and Gender Strategic Initiative (CRG SI). Over 40 participants from 12 countries around the region, representing national and regional HIV, TB and malaria key populations and civil society (CS) networks and organisations took part in the meeting. The participants ranged from Global Fund principle recipient (PR), sub and sub-sub recipient (SR and SSR), Vice-Chair and key populations (KP) and CS representative to...

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FROM GUIDELINES TO THE BOTTOMLINE : Assessing the Inclusion of Community, Rights and Gender priorities in Global Fund concept notes in Asia and the Pacific

This report was commissioned by APCASO in its capacity as the Asia-Pacific Platform on Community, Rights and Gender. The project was developed with funding support from the UNAIDS Technical Support Facility (TSF) Asia-Pacific.   This report was conducted as part of Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Special Initiative – to assess the extent to which CRG priorities have been incorporated into requests for Global Fund grants and how they might be better included in future funding rounds. It examines HIV, malaria, and TB funding requests for the period between 2014-2017 from seven Asia-Pacific countries and one regional...

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WE’RE HIRING!

01 June 2019 We have a new position available! PROGRAMME OFFICER  We are looking for a qualified individual to coordinate the effective planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of all APCASO activities as part of the APCASO programme team. This role seeks to contribute to the overall growth and effectiveness of APCASO and the programme in achieving its long-term objectives. Some of the tasks of the PROGRAMME OFFICER include: Programme Planning, implementation, coordination, and monitoring and evaluation at the country and regional level Preparation and management of workplan and programme budgets Development of required programme activity, progress, financial and any...

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