WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2018

1 December 2018
Eamonn Murphy,
UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

As we mark the 30th anniversary of the first World AIDS Day, we acknowledge that the HIV response has moved from despair to hope over the last three decades. Since 1988, the HIV response has made significant progress and today, as a result of testing and treatment advances, millions of people living with HIV are leading healthy and productive lives.

The worst threat we have today in our response to the epidemic is complacency. Despite the availability of a widening array of effective HIV prevention tools and a massive scale-up of HIV treatment, new HIV infections have not decreased sufficiently in Asia and the Pacific. The annual number of new HIV infections has declined by 14% since 2010 but the region is falling short of the 2020 Fast-Track prevention target. Read More

BANGKOK, 27 November 2018— The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UNAIDS called on all regional partners to take unprecedented and bold actions to advance efforts to end AIDS in the region by 2030.

Government delegates, leading civil society voices and UN partners gathered today at the Asia Pacific Expert Group Meeting on “Reviewing the Implementation of Commitments from the Asia Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS Beyond 2015” to review progress in achieving the commitments contained in the “Asia Pacific Regional Framework for Action on HIV and AIDS Beyond 2015”, which was adopted in January 2015.

The Expert Group Meeting, organized by ESCAP jointly with UNAIDS, UNDP, UNODC and other UN agencies, reported on progress across three pillars including legal and policy barriers; access to affordable medicines, diagnostics and vaccines; and evidence-based national HIV investment cases and sustainability plans. The meeting focused on critical challenges that require immediate interventions in order to accelerate progress towards reaching the HIV Fast-Track Targets.

The outcome of the meeting is contained in the Chair’s summary statement on the meeting’s proceedings presented to Member States of ESCAP in the Fifth Session of the Committee on Social Development, due to be held from 28 to 30 November 2018. Read More

BANGKOK, 31st October 2018 – Representatives from 13 countries across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Bangkok, Thailand, from 29 to 31 October to develop road maps to implement and expand pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV self-testing in the region.

In discussions on building capacity for the rollout of PrEP and HIV testing innovations in Asia and the Pacific, policy-makers, health care providers, researchers and advocates from key populations discussed barriers to scale up these tools and shared lessons learned.

PrEP reduces the risk of acquiring HIV by more than 90 percent, and HIV self-testing can significantly increase the number of people who find out their status, particularly among those at highest risk and least reached by existing services. This means that adequate use of these products is set to revolutionize HIV prevention across Asia and the Pacific. In China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines for example, infections among men that have sex with men (MSM) continue to rise, and HIV prevalence has hit 25.8 percent in Indonesia and 21.6 percent in Malaysia. MSM could make up at least half of all new HIV infections in Asia by 2020. Read More

PRESS RELEASE

Asia and the Pacific Data Hub launches the new “Data Dashboard” to promote data use and Fast-Track the AIDS response in the region

Bangkok, Thailand, 31/10/18: UNAIDS Asia and the Pacific Data Hub launched yesterday the “Data Dashboard” for Asia and the Pacific, an additional data visualization tool that enhances the array of strategic information products that are already available on the AIDS Data Hub website. The platform is developed as part of the “Regional Strategic Information Hubs” initiative by UNAIDS that aims to facilitate the dissemination of data products tailored to the region and the local audience. The new platform allows the users to visualize data and indicators related to HIV epidemiology and the response in the region through customizable maps, graphs, tables and factsheets by indicator, country, and key populations, facilitating integrated analysis, strategic intelligence and access to granular data. Read More

PRESS RELEASE

UNAIDS, the Ministry of Public Health, the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, youth networks, UN agencies, Embassies, private sector and other partners come together for the Bangkok 10 km International Run.

BANGKOK, 27 October 2018 —The Bangkok 10 km International Run, which is taking place tomorrow 28 October, is dedicated to promoting the right to health and tackling HIV related stigma and discrimination in Asia and the Pacific. The run is a partnership between the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the event company Amazing Field, in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and other partners.

Everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, has the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. “Ending AIDS by 2030 can only happen if the right to health is placed at the center of global health.  That means that health care must be available and accessible for everyone with no one left behind,” says Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Region Director for Asia and the Pacific. Read More

BANGKOK, 19 October 2018—UNAIDS applauds the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) for its new bold strategy, the “BMA ARV Service”, which takes a historic step forward by integrating HIV prevention and treatment services into primary health care, bringing HIV services closer to people. Mr. Taweesak Lertprapan, Deputy Governor of the BMA, jointly with Dr. Marta Ackers, Senior Technical Advisor of the Thailand MOPH – U.S. CDC Collaboration (TUC), Dr. Patchara Benjarattanaporn, UNAIDS Country Director, and Mr. Apiwat Kwangkeo, President of the Thai Network of People living with HIV, launched the BMA ARV Service during a press conference held today at the BMA Hall in Bangkok.

The BMA ARV Service will be implemented through the network of BMA community health facilities and in collaboration with the Thai Ministry of Public Health, to respond to the evolving health needs in the context of strengthening primary health care in achieving Universal Health Coverage in the country. As part of the new programme, 8 BMA health facilities will initiate antiretroviral treatment (ART) to people living with HIV who have been newly diagnosed, while people living with HIV who are already on ART will be referred to 27 BMA health community centers for HIV treatment, support and care. Additionally, 12 BMA public health centers will provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for most at risk population groups and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Read More

UNAIDS welcomes India’s landmark HIV legislation

Bangkok, Thailand, 12/9/2018 – UNAIDS welcomes the entry into force of the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act, India’s landmark HIV legislation on Monday 10 September. The law provides a broad legislative framework for the response to HIV in India and it is expected to create a supportive environment for people living with and affected by HIV.

Among its provisions, the legislation prohibits discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV in different settings, including employment, education, housing and health care, as well as regarding the holding of public or private office, access to insurance and freedom of movement. It also bans unfair treatment of people living with and affected by HIV in accessing public facilities, such as shops, restaurants, hotels, public entertainment venues, public facilities and burial grounds. Read More

First ladies from across Africa and the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan, have reaffirmed their commitment to a future free from AIDS by spearheading a new joint initiative to prevent HIV among young people. China will work with African countries and international organizations to implement a three-year health promotion and HIV prevention advocacy programme for adolescents, starting in 2019.

The China–Africa advocacy campaign was launched on 4 September on the margins of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), in Beijing, China. The campaign aims to increase young people’s access to integrated sexual and reproductive health and HIV services and strengthen their engagement in the AIDS response. Read More