Agenda of Connecting Asia

By June 12, 2017 Newsroom

Connecting Asia is APCOM’s regional consultation on ICT, HIV, MSM and getting to the 90-90-90 Targets, held from 14 to 16 June 2017 in Pullman G Hotel in Bangkok. Supported by United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) LINKAGES Project (managed by FHI360) and by UNAIDS, the consultation brings a group of leading experts from the ICT and HIV sectors to discuss how ICT can improve the uptake of innovative approaches to HIV programmes for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

See the list of the sessions, workshop and panel discussion throughout the event below.

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

 08.30 – 09.00


 09.15 – 09.30


Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Executive Director APCOM

 09.30 – 09.40

Keynote Address

Delivered by the U.S. Government Representative

 09.45 – 10.00

Opening Plenary: History of the HIV Epidemic in Asia and the road to 90-90-90

  • How have we traditionally addressed HIV in the MSM community?
  • How have MSM communities changed in terms of education, behaviors, and demographic profile?
  • Is conventional outreach/intervention as effective as it was before?
  • What is ICT and what has been its recent role in healthcare delivery?
  • Why is ICT seen as a promising tool for HIV management?

Steve Kraus, Director, Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific, UNAIDS
Dr. Bounpheng Philavong, Director of Centre for HIVAIDS and STI, Ministry of Health of Lao PDR
Surang Janyan
Executive Director of SWING

 10.00 – 10.30

Coffee Break

 10.30 – 11.15

The Role of Popular Culture: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Technologies in HIV Programming

  • What evidence do we have on impact of television and social media on safe sex practices?
  • Who are the leading private sector players in each region and what are the channels used to access them?
  • Why do MSM use these media?
  • What are the demographic profiles of the users and/or audience?
  • How effective are public service ads on social media?
  • What can be done to make social media and dating apps more effective tools for outreach?
  • How do you publicly engage potentially censored or sensitive topics?


Professor Kane Race, Associate Professor, University of Sydney
Dr. Mi Guodong
Vice President, Blued
Esther Kissiedu
, Social Media and Digital Manager, MTV Shuga
Darien Chen
, Social Networking Marketing and Engagement Executive, Taiwan
VJ Dustin (Phuc Nguyen), Host, MTV Vietnam

 11.30 – 11.45

Master Class Pitch

 11.45 – 12.15

Connecting and Tracking Virtual Outreach to IRL Outreach 2.0

  • What are the virtual to physical strategies and approaches?
  • How can we convert MSM reached by online interventions into clients of HIV services?
  • How can we integrate online analytics into traditional programmatic monitoring and evaluation frameworks?
  • How can we recruit MSM into surveys and projects to collect important behavioral evidence that can be used to develop more effective HIV programs?


Harry Prabowo, APN+
Ryan Figueiredo
Kim Green, 
PATH Vietnam
Dr Thomas Guadamuz
, Mahidol University

 12.30 – 13.30

Lunch Break

 13.30 – 15.30

Exposition of Country Teams Across the HIV Cascade

Teams from selected countries will present brief case studies of ICT related projects they have developed/implemented, focusing on best practices.

  • 13:30-14:00: Presentations
  • 14:00-14:30: Break for Q&A
  • 14:30-15:00: Presentations
  • 15:00-15:30: Final Q&A


Min Fuh Teh, APCOM
Ronivin Garcia Pagtakhan  LoveYourself, Philippines Founder and Director
Kim Green PATH, Vietnam
Mr. Doan Thanh Tung, Lighthouse Social Enterprise, Hanoi, Vietnam
Safir Soeparna, APCOM’s Test BKK, Thailand
Purvi Shah and Sandeep Mane, FHI 360/LINKAGES, India


Phal Sophat, LINKAGES Cambodia
Rommell Legwes, PinoyPlus PLHIV Response Center
Wang Kai57 Zone Model, China
Kiira GustafsonPSI TOP, Myanmar


 15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break

 16.00 – 16.35

Panel Discussion: The Rights of Online Communities and Individuals, and Issues Around Data Governance

  • How can the electronic health records strengthen patient tracking, reduce medical errors and decrease service costs for HIV-positive patients?
  • What are the privacy implications of storing the health records of HIV-positive patients in ‘the cloud’?
  • How can users of ICT keep their data secure, and what are the potential consequences of data theft?
  • How can ICT be used to learn more about legal rights, record evidence of violations, and seek legal help?


Matt Vaughan, ACON
Bryan Choong, B-Change

 16.40 – 17.15

Panel Discussion: The Role of ICT in Regional Public Policy and Advocacy

  • What government actions can encourage greater adoption of ICT for health programmes targeted to MSM?
  • What public policies can spur greater ICT innovation in HIV programs?
  • What are the public policy implications of ‘big data’ for both clients/patients and clinicians/workers?


Adi Nugroho, GWL-INA
Lori ThorellSenior ICT Programme Specialist, UNICEF, Bangkok

Dr. Helen Dewi Prameswari, Ministry of Health, Indonesia

Dr. Tia Phalla, National AIDS Authority, Cambodia

 18.00 – 19.00



 09.00 – 09.30

Recap of Day 1

 09.30 – 10.20

Digital Communities and Their Health

  • How calling, texting, email and instant messaging in developing countries are changing communications between doctors and patients, and helping to deliver services and reduce loss to follow-up for patients
  • How remote patient monitoring can improve HIV treatment adherence and reduce burden on patients and providers
  • How online health resources are changing patient behavior and purchasing habits
  • How are young MSM using ICT in relation to their health?
  • Mobile apps and wearable devices for patient’s health and lifestyle management


Raghavan Srinivasan
Sonalini Khetrapal, Health Specialist, ADB
Matt Avery, FHI 360
Harry Prabowo, APN+

 10.30 – 10.40

Group Photograph

 10.40 – 11.00

Coffee Break

 11.00 – 12.30

Skills Development Master Classes

  • Breakout Room 1: Developing online content and administration of social media pages (Facebook Ad 101)
  • Breakout Room 2: Digital Risk Assessment 101
  • Breakout Room 3: Designing and promoting services online via creative campaigns

Safir Soeparna
APCOM + Mike WacherACON
Nighat Dad, Digital Rights Foundation,Pakistan
Mathew Vaughan
ACON, Australia + Dustin Phuc NguyenMTV Vietnam

 12.30 – 13.30

Lunch Break

 13.30 – 14.15

Analytics for Advocacy

  • Online data mining and data analysis for strategic targeting of HIV prevention/demand generation messaging, follow up and/or retention in treatment
  • Understanding human rights in the MSM context and effecting change through ICT
  • Measuring impact of social media campaigns


Edmund Settle, UNDP
David Kuefler, Ethica Strategy
Mathew Vaughan

 14.30 – 15.00

Coffee Break

 15.00 – 17.00

ICT Ideas Lab

  • Reflecting on the diversity of ideas presented in this consultation, what are some of the ICT interventions that inspired you?
  • As a preamble to tomorrow’s country action planning, get into groups to think creatively and on ways to use ICT interventions in your country and community contexts.
  • Connect with each other, brainstorm and develop a pitch of your idea.
  • Every group will present their idea to a panel of judges, and there’ll be prizes for the best ideas.

Ryan FigueiredoAPCOM

 17.00 – 17.30

Day 2 Wrap-up



 9.00 – 9.30

Recap of Day 2

 9.30 – 10.30

Development of Country ICT Action Plans and Capacity Building Roadmaps

  • How can ICT interventions be incorporated into your country contexts? What are the critical enablers and barriers to achieving 90-90-90, would ICT have an answer to that?
  • In this session, we are forming country teams to map out an action plan towards adopting ICT interventions to better our HIV response in our respective country and community contexts.
  • Work with your in-country colleagues to develop an ICT action plan that is innovative, and at the same time grounded in the needs and inclusive of key populations.

Ryan FigueiredoAPCOM

 10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break

 11.00 – 12.00

Continued: Development of Country ICT Action Plans and Capacity Building Roadmaps

 12.00 – 12.15

Group Reflections, Next Steps for Action Plan

Ryan Figueiredo

 12:15 – 12:30



Phu TruongHead of Agency Google Thailand

 12.30 – 13.40

Community Reflection on the Consultation

Kumar Shetty, Gaurav

Adi Nugroho, GWL-INA

 12.40 – 13.45

Stephen Mills – reflections from FHI360

Stephen Mills, Technical DIrector, Asia Pacific region FHI360

 12.45 – 13.50

Dédé Oetomo – Closing Acknowledgments

Dédé Oetomo, APCOM Board Chair

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