Cambodia commits to stopping new HIV infections by 2020

The Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, has committed to stopping new HIV infections by 2020 and ensuring the sustainability of its HIV response. This comes as Cambodia allocates US$ 3.7 million of national funding to HIV treatment from 2015 to 2017. This is the first time that the government has earmarked funds for its treatment programme, which, owing to the large numbers of people receiving antiretroviral medicines, is where resources are most needed. Read More

FIFA President launches “Protect the Goal” campaign in Sri Lanka

The President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Joseph S Blatter launched the Protect the Goal campaign in Sri Lanka during a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka in Colombo earlier this week. The campaign will use the convening power of football players to raise the awareness of young people regarding HIV prevention. Read More

The urgent need for evidence-informed and rights-based drug dependence treatment in Asia

The continued existence of compulsory drug detention and rehabilitation centres across Asia remains a serious concern. People who are suspected of using drugs or being dependent on drugs, people who have engaged in sex work or children who have been victims of sexual exploitation are often detained in these centres without due process in the name of treatment or rehabilitation. Read More

On this World AIDS Day, let us also reflect on the lives lost to Ebola, on the countries and people affected by the outbreak in West Africa. Read More

Xinhua News re-affirms commitment to the AIDS response

The Vice-President of Xinhua News, Shen Haixiong, reaffirmed the news agency’s commitment to continue raising public awareness of the AIDS response in China and beyond during a meeting with UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Luiz Loures on 19 November. Read More

Cambodian entertainment workers welcome new regulation on labour rights

When Sopheap comes back from work at 2 a.m., she tiptoes around her one-room flat, because everyone is sleeping. The 35-year-old mother slides into the bed she shares with her two young sons and catches a few hours of sleep, before getting up to make breakfast. Read More

Singapore court upholds discriminatory law criminalizing same-sex sexual practices

Singapore’s Court of Appeal recently upheld the law criminalizing sex between men, a ruling the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Asia sees as part of a growing conservative trend in the region. For example, in 2013 the Supreme Court of India overturned the 2009 decision of the Delhi High Court to strike down a 150-year-old law criminalizing same-sex sexual conduct. In Singapore, men who commit acts of “gross indecency” with other men can face up to two years in jail. Read More

Thailand leads way to ending AIDS

Thailand leads way to ending AIDS

Opinion-Piece by Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director. Bangkok Post, 27 Oct 2014.

Thailand has set the global standard for how a country can effectively respond to AIDS and as a key member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has initiated policies, which have changed the region’s approach to HIV. From the very first time I visited, I was impressed by the country’s dynamic response to the AIDS epidemic. In the early 1990s, when many countries were still in denial, Thailand made HIV prevention a priority. The leadership, backed by a grass-roots movement, sparked a large-scale HIV information campaign, popularized the use of condoms and showed the world what can be achieved when political commitment meets bold action. New HIV infections have fallen dramatically, from more than 140 000 in 1990 to 8200 in 2013. As the epidemic evolves, Thailand continues to break new frontiers.

Read the entire opinion piece on the Bangkok Post website.