Think tank meeting on revisiting strategies for intervention among Key Populations for HIV
12 – 13 February 2018, SEARO, New Delhi
A Think Tank meeting was convened by the WHO Regional Office for South-Asia, bringing more than 60 experts, partners, donors, civil society and key population representatives for discussion on revisiting the strategies for interventions among Key populations for HIV from 12-13 February 2018 at SEARO, New Delhi. The overall objective of this meeting was to strengthen the AIDS response in the context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), by intensifying the focus on Key populations and leveraging ‘AIDS Assets’ in leaving no one behind. A short report on the meeting is attached
World AIDS Day, 1 December 2017
As we move towards the 2030 agenda of ending AIDS as a public health threat for sustainable development, it is important that we keep our focus on achieving this under the overall umbrella of Universal Health Coverage.
The UNAIDS theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is “Right to Health”. The World Health Organization under this theme is focusing on advocacy for access to safe, effective, quality and affordable HIV services for all who need them and are appropriately using a slogan “Everybody Counts”.
We must ensure that barriers to accessing services by key and vulnerable populations are addressed and there is zero tolerance to stigma and discrimination. Also ensure that other health conditions such as TB, Hepatitis and STIs are also addressed using an integrated approach.
As the period covered by the Regional Strategy ends and a new regional plan of action for 2016–2021 is in development, this report reviews Member States’ key achievements in the AIDS response, and identify the gaps and challenges they face.
Between 2010 and 2015, the number of new infections decreased from 200 000 to 180 000 and the number of deaths decreased from 170 000 to 130 000. The treatment coverage increased by 19% during the same period
Special issue of Journal of Virus Eradication, Nov 2016
This supplement of the Journal describes the epidemic and response within the member states in the region. It is an attempt to promote scientific publications from countries. All articles in this issue are co-authored by the National programme managers with support from WHO country focal points.