In Asia and the Pacific, new HIV infections are rising in 7 countries. Over three quarters of new HIV infections are among key populations and their partners, who are still not getting the services they need.

Bangkok, 16 July 2019 —The pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific is slowing down, according to a new report released today by UNAIDS. The UNAIDS’ Global AIDS Update, Communities at the centre, shows a mixed picture with some countries in this region making important gains while, in others, the epidemic is outpacing the response and new HIV infections are on the rise. Read More

‘A true daughter of Fiji’ were the words described of the Late Honourable Dr. Jiko Fatafehi Luveni by the President of Fiji H.E. Joji Konrote during the Order of Fiji’s Investiture Ceremony at the State House in Suva, Fiji. Dr. Jiko Luveni was hounoured a Special Award: Global Health Leadership Award. This was received by her husband Lieutent Colonel (Ret’d) Inoke Luveni. The President also handed over the Global Health Hero Award from the World Health Organization (WHO) which Fiji’s former Speaker of Parliament and tireless health advocate Dr Jiko Luveni, had been posthumously recognized at the 72nd World Health Assembly in May. The award recognises those who have championed the cause of health, successfully influenced political agendas, and contributed to raising awareness on health issues globally. Read More

Bangkok, Thailand, 22 June 2019: Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha of Thailand has been appointed as the UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention in Asia and the Pacific. UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director of Programme and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Shannon Hader presented HRH Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha with the certificate of appointment during a visit to Thailand, noting her commitment to advocating for and expanding HIV prevention and bringing services closer to people. Read More

Flash-mob videos that reach 545k viewers, engaging social media influencers, vlogs that speak to the realities of young people – these were just a few examples of powerful advocacy approaches currently being used by young leaders throughout Asia to promote the need for comprehensive sexuality education.

In a region where nearly half of the world’s youth live, the reality is that many face early and unintended pregnancies, they are vulnerable to contracting HIV, and have limited access to sexual and reproductive health services. Critical to addressing these issues is the need to ensure that all young people have access to evidence-based, age-appropriate and comprehensive sexuality education. Read More

Bangkok/Karachi, 14 of June 2019 – UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Eamonn Murphy went on an official visit to Pakistan, where he reiterated UNAIDS’ commitment to supporting provincial and federal authorities to respond to the HIV outbreak and strengthen the HIV response in the country.

“There is a huge amount of work that needs to be done to improve infection control and support the affected children and their families,” said UNAIDS Regional Director at a press conference held today in Karachi, to present the preliminary findings of an investigation to ascertain the sources of the HIV outbreak in Larkana District. “This work cannot be effectively carried out by the federal and provincial Governments alone. Civil society organizations, people living with and affected by HIV, private sector, religious leaders, media practitioners, development partners like the United Nations, everyone has a role to play. UNAIDS will continue to facilitate and coordinate within the UN System and other partners to ensure that the required support is provided effectively and efficiently”, added Mr. Murphy. Read More

Discriminatory laws drive key populations out of reach of critical health and social services

GENEVA, 16 May 2019—Ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), on 17 May, UNAIDS is calling on all countries to remove discriminatory laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Stigma towards key populations—gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs and prisoners and other incarcerated people—is reinforced by criminal laws. These in turn fuel violence, exploitation and a climate of fear, hindering efforts to make HIV services available to the people who need them. Read More

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé visits Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali of Thailand at Chulalongkorn Hospital

Bangkok, Thailand, 1 May 2019: United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé who was in Thailand on mission, visited Chulalongkorn Hospital, where her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali of Thailand is being treated.

Mr. Sidibé, accompanied by UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Mr. Eamonn Murphy, took a bouquet of flowers and paid tribute to Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali for her commitment to advocating for and expanding HIV prevention and bringing services closer to the people. “I would like to recognize all Princess Soamsawali has done and continues to do to prevent new HIV infections in Thailand and to reach the most vulnerable with HIV prevention services,” said Mr. Sidibé. Read More

Bangkok, Thailand, 1 May 2019: A high-level event on ‘Advancing innovation in the HIV Response in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific Region’, was held yesterday to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre (TRC-ARC) in evidence-based innovation to Fast-Track the HIV response to end AIDS in Thailand and across the Asia and the Pacific Region.

Mr. Michel Sidibé, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNAIDS, presented a certificate of appreciation to Prof. Dr. Praphan Phanuphak, the TRC-ARC Director who diagnosed the first case of HIV in Thailand in 1985. “The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre has played a leading role for more than 30 years in developing and promoting innovative and effective prevention and treatment approaches such as PMTCT, PrEP, Same-Day ART, and Key Population-Led Health Services. Its contribution expands beyond Thailand, being a catalyst for change for the Asia-Pacific region,” said Mr. Sidibé Read More