Speech of H.E. Sir Ratu Epeli Nailatikau

H.E. Sir Ratu Epeli Nailatikau Speaker of Parliament and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for the Pacific Region.
Handover of ARV donation by UNAIDS, Atlanta Medicare Ltd and DFAT-Fiji to Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Monday 27 Sep 2021 at 3pm FPBS

• The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Dr. Ifereimi Waqanibete;
• The UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia Pacific- Mr Eamonn Murphy
• The Deputy Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Mr Paul Wilson
• The CEO, Atlanta Medicare Co Ltd – Mr Suphadej Amnuaysakul
• The UNAIDS Country Director, Thailand- Ms Patchara Benjarattanaporn
• The UNAIDS Country Director, Fiji and the Pacific- Ms Renata Ram
• The Staff of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services;
• Members of the media
• Ladies and Gentlemen

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SUVA, Fiji/ BANGKOK, Thailand, 28th September 2021 — Through an unprecedented effort that brought together multilateral and bilateral partners, communities and the private sector, people living with HIV in Fiji will continue to access live-saving antiretroviral treatment during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak of the Delta variant.

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JAKARTA, 10 September 2021: UNAIDS in partnership with Australia has launched a new AUD2.7 million program in Indonesia. The program will support community-led organisations to improve prevention and testing services and address inequality, stigma, and discrimination for people living with HIV.

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Garfield and volunteers at Sisters Foundation in Pattaya, Thailand distributed emergency relief supplies to the transgender community during the first outbreak of COVID-19 in April 2020. Photo credit: APTN

More than a year has passed since the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, with some countries seeing dramatic surges in cases in recent months. Increasing inequality and stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV and key populations continue to disrupt peoples’ access to HIV prevention and treatment services.  

Since the first COVID-19 outbreak in the region, UNAIDS Asia Pacific has continued to work alongside regional key population networks to support communities to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Through a regional project ‘Strengthening the regional community response to the needs of key populations in the context of COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific’ funded by UNAIDS AP, with general support from the Department of Foreign and Trade of Australia (DFAT), key population networks promoted access to relevant and timely information about COVID-19 targeted to key populations and people living with HIV, assessed their challenges and needs and recorded best practices from community-led responses. 

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SHARING CASE STUDIES FOR CHANGE: CELEBRATING AND LEARNING FROM CIVIL SOCIETY-LED RESPONSES TO HIV AND COVID-19 IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

With the upcoming United Nations High-level Meeting on HIV and AIDS only days away, kickstart your HLM experience with the Asia – Pacific virtual side event!

This side event will showcase the strength of communities with speakers from different countries throughout Asia and the Pacific, celebrate their innovative and effective HIV & COVID-19 response and hear the lessons they have learned along the way. 

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Event Banner for the Young Key Populations Side Event

Young key populations leadership and innovations in the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific

The young key populations’ side event at the High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS 2021 will highlight YKP specific issues from the Asia Pacific and shed light on the current HIV epidemic amongst YKPs. The panel consisting of young key populations, youth innovators, the Ambassador of Health and Security Australia and the Government of Thailand will share ground-breaking programs, lessons learned, and testimonies from young key populations leaders. The side event will also offer good examples of YKP leadership and their contributions to the HIV response, including the COVID-19 response and share lessons learned from innovative HIV and SRHR programs targeted to YKP.

Date and Time: Monday 7th June 2021 at 13:00 – 14:30 (Bangkok Time)

How: Streamed live via YouTube https://youtu.be/vWqQtlOG0cc | Facebook: facebook.com/YouthLEADAP

Click here to view the concept note for this side event

This side event is co-organised by Youth LEAD, UNAIDS Asia Pacific, UNFPA APRO, UNICEF EAPRO and UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub

Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!

Message by Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

Today, the 17th of May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. This year’s theme is “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!”

The powerful theme was chosen due to the recent challenges that the world has faced this past year.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer people and people in all their diversity continue to face high levels of violence and inequalities. Punitive laws continue to criminalize their behaviours, identities and gender expressions. Stigma and discrimination is still pervasive and jeopardizes their access to health, education and work.

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Manila/Bangkok, 10 May 2021: The UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima will embark on her first virtual mission, a two-day visit to the Philippines to speak with communities, civil society leaders and representatives from the government to discuss the country’s response to the HIV and COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual mission comes at an opportune time, just before the UN Member States, including the Philippines, will come together on 8-10 June 2021 for the United Nations High-level Meeting on HIV and AIDS to renew commitment to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. 

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