Guest panellists at the (virtual) regional launch of the report ‘Compulsory Treatment and Rehabilitation in East and Southeast Asia’ 12 January 2022 hosted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Thailand

Bangkok, 12 January 2022 – A new report by UNODC and UNAIDS reveals progress to end compulsory treatment for people who use drugs in East and Southeast Asia has stalled, and the transition to voluntary, evidence-informed and human-rights based services has slowed.

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1 December 2021

Winnie Byanyima

Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Dear friends,

Greetings on this World AIDS Day, and my solidarity with all around the world as we confront the impact of colliding pandemics.

This year, the world agreed on a bold plan that, if leaders fulfil it, will end AIDS by 2030. That’s so exciting.

But today we, as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, issue a stark warning. AIDS remains a pandemic, the red light is flashing and only by moving fast to end the inequalities that drive the pandemic can we overcome it.

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The Ministry for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination joins hands with the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day in Pakistan. The theme for this year is “End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics.” and our Ministry is working with provinces to take steps to work with communities to halt the spread of new infections. As we all know, Pakistan has one of the fastest growing epidemics in the Asia Pacific region with an estimated 200,000 people living with HIV with 84% increase in new infections between 2010-2020.

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Today we join with the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day on Ending Inequalities, Ending AIDS and Ending Pandemics, our government commits to support those whose are still left behind in equitable access to Health and HIV prevention and treatments. Every year, this is a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come to since the early days of the AIDS epidemic. And those of you who lived through it remember all too well the fear and the stigma, and how hard people with HIV had to fight to be seen, or heard, or to be treated.

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Quezon City, the Philippines, 22/11/2022 – UNAIDS, together with the Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc.(PSFI), the PROTECTS Grant, the Department of Health, SPARK! Philippines, and the Local Government of Quezon City, through the efforts of Mayor Joy Belmonte, launched #UMatter, an advocacy campaign to end AIDS by 2030. The event, organized at Quezon City Hall Grounds, was attended by representatives from the national government and international organizations, members of the diplomatic corps, and advocates from civil society.

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UNAIDS is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Ly Penh Sun, Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (NCHADS) Cambodia, who passed away on 9 November 2021. UNAIDS expresses its sincere condolences to his family, his friends and the country.

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in Thailand has been awarded the inaugural Circle of Excellence Award at the Fast-Track cities 2021 conference, held recently in Lisbon, Portugal. The Circle of Excellence Award showcases outstanding work in fast-tracking the HIV response and advancing innovative programming to end the AIDS epidemic in cities by 2030.

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Fast-Track cities in South-East Asia have been stepping up efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that HIV treatment and prevention services remain unaffected by the pandemic and to protect the gains made in the HIV response. The dynamic city-based infrastructures that have been built up around the HIV response are being leveraged to implement innovative programmes to safeguard people living with HIV and other vulnerable populations and contain the spread of COVID-19.

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