As APCOM marks its 15th year of working with the community in the Asia-Pacific region on HIV, health, rights and wellbeing of people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and sexual characteristics. We are pleased to launch the summary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plans in 13 countries covered by PEPFAR in the Asia Pacific region.
National Strategic Plans for PEPFAR ROP/COP 2023
Papua New Guinea
“Working at the regional level, we understand the frustrations that our partners have for not being able to access easily and understand some key documents that are not written in easy language, and many are to big,”commented Midnight, APCOM Executive Director, he added,
“with the summary versions of the national strategic plans, our communities will be able to amplify our collective voice for greater allocation of resources for the Asia Pacific region, and that funding to channel through the community and for their sustainability in order to achieve the regional targets.”
Summary of 13 (thirteen) National Strategic Plans, covering the PEPFAR countries in the Asia Pacific region are now available; Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Tajikistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The summary of National Strategic Plan is a very good tool for us in the communities. These are very important especially that we are actively engaging in the country processes both for PEPFAR COP/ROP and Global Fund Funding Model window periods. It is crucial that we, community advocates, understand the national plans of our respective countries.’Vieng Souriyo, Executive Director, Community Health and Inclusion Association (CHIAs), Lao PDR
The needs of such data was discussed at the 2022 APCOM Community Summit in November 2022 with session sharing on information on the most recent findings on HIV science, provide opportunities for key population and communities to engage with HIV science and HIV, advocate for and lead the involvement of key population and their representatives within regional processes that influence national HIV programming.
This data would also be useful for the community as they monitor the implementation of their country’s strategy, and also engage more meaningfully in their Global Fund, and other programmes. It is estimated that over 99% of new HIV infections among young people are among key populations and their sexual partners, and more than a quarter of all new HIV infections in the Asia Pacific region were among young people 15-24 years of age with gay men and other men who have sex with men accounting for 52% of all new HIV infections.
APCOM’s work throughout the years is guided by the importance of human rights, the need for making changes in laws and policies and advocacy to bring different sectors together including key populations, LGBTQI communities, governments, UN system and donors. APCOM continues to provide a platform for the key population and LGBTQI communities in Asia-Pacific to o discuss and share important innovation,s updates and lessons learned on HIV and human rights work as well as strengthen the regional advocacy, in particular through its recently launched innovationsmap.asia – a community resource hub aimed at providing information to communities to facilitate south-south learning and sharing with community-generated data and research.
As we are finalising our 2022 APCOM Community Summit Report you can access our previous Summit Reports here:
- 2021 Community Symposium
- 2020 Community Summit
- Rights, Resources & Resilience Asia Pacific Summit in 2017