Catch up on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex news and issues around Asia and the Pacific in this latest edition of Equal Eyes.
August 16, 2017
From the UN:The UNDP has published “Advancing the Human Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI People: A Handbook for Parliamentarians” to provide practical information, tools, and resources to support governments to undertake the activities needed to promote the rights and inclusion of LGBTI people.
The Yuetan Community Health Centre is nestled on a narrow lane in an old residential part of central Beijing, China. Its yard is packed with bicycles, rather than cars—an indication that the centre is serving people close to where they live.
Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, has urged international health leaders to prioritize health development. While giving his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road High Level Meeting for Health Cooperation: Towards a Health Silk Road, Mr Sidibé also expressed to the Vice-Premier of China, Liu Yandong, his appreciation for China’s efforts through the Belt and Road initiative to create greater cooperation for better health and highlighted the ongoing work to strengthen China–Africa health connections.
The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé presented the Deputy Governor of Yunnan Province, Gao Feng with UNAIDS’ global “Leaders and Innovators Award” in a ceremony at the UNAIDS office in Beijing, China on 17 August. Mr Gao has been leading HIV prevention and control efforts in Yunnan province, one of the areas most affected by the AIDS epidemic and the award honours his exceptional work on HIV.
There is a quiet hum in the room from the mostly young men sitting in chairs, eyeing their smartphones and chatting. Suddenly, a cheerful figure bursts into the executive lounge of the high-rise building in Taguig City, Philippines.
“Thank you, thank you,” said Ronivin (Vinn) Garcia Pagtakhan, the Executive Director and Founder of LoveYourself, a community-based organization providing health and empowerment services to men who have sex with men and transgender people. The team were wrapping up after a major event promoting HIV testing.
Manila, Philippines). Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is now taking bold action on advocacy for HIV. On 9 August, the model and actress followed through on a promise she delivered when she launched her ambassadorship and conducted a public HIV test for the first time in the Philippines. She also unveiled her Project Progressive Information Awareness campaign–simply dubbed as the PIA Project, which aims to inform young people about HIV and help end the AIDS epidemic, not only in the Philippines, but in the Asia-Pacific region.
UNAIDS report indicates new HIV infections in the Philippines have doubled in the past 6 years
The Philippines now has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific
MANILA, 1 August 2017—A UNAIDS Report on the global HIV epidemic states that the number of new infections in the Philippines has more than doubled in the past six (6) years from an estimated 4,300 in 2010 to an estimated 10,500 in 2016 (140% increase). The Philippines has become the country with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific, and has become one of eight countries that account for more than 90% of new HIV infections in the region. Read More
PHNOM PENH, 25 July 2017—UNAIDS congratulates Cambodia for achieving the 90-90-90 targets, which are key global commitments on HIV testing and treatment, three years ahead of schedule. The Minister of Health of Cambodia, H.E. Dr. Mam Bunheng participated in the 90-90-90 Targets Workshop from 22-23 July in Paris, France. During the conference Cambodia’s achievements were showcased.