Moving ahead on the Key Population agenda in the Asia Pacific –follow up on Think tank meeting
26 -28 March 2019, New Delhi
A bi-regional WPRO/SEARO workshop on improving strategic information (SI) for HIV and Hepatitis Elimination, focusing on key populations was convened 26-28 March 2019. The meeting engaged nearly 80 delegations from 18 countries from SEARO and WPRO and was organized by WHO SEARO with WPRO, UNAIDS and the Global Fund. This meeting also built on recommendations developed as part of the Key Population Think Tank meeting held in Feb 2018 by SEARO which identified key population programming and related SI as the core to the effectiveness of the region’s response to HIV.
WHO SEARO-UNAIDS hold a Key population satellite Session at IAS AIDS 2018, Amsterdam, 27th July 2018
This satellite session “Are Key Populations really the “KEY” to Ending AIDS in Asia?” was organized by WHO SEARO and UNAIDS. The objective of session was to disseminate the key recommendations from a think tank meeting on “Revisiting the Strategies for Interventions among Key Populations for HIV”, held in February 2018 at WHO SEARO. This think tank meeting brought together more than 60 experts, partners, donors, civil society and key population representatives. 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.
This satellite session, besides presentations from the meeting, also had a panel discussion with key partners including donors on how to devise integrated KP focused plans led by community to work towards ending AIDS. The details report of the session can be accessed below
World AIDS Day, 1 December 2018
The World AIDS Day 2018 theme “Know Your Status” focuses on raising awareness about the importance of knowing one’s status and calling for the removal of all barriers to accessing HIV testing.
There are many new ways of expanding access to HIV testing. Self-testing, community-based testing and multi disease testing are all helping people to know their HIV status. This is pivotal for expanding treatment coverage and ensuring that all people living with HIV can lead healthy and productive lives. It is also crucial to achieving the 90–90–90 targets
Building capacity of programme managers on new WHO HIV and Hepatitis guidelines
The Regional dissemination workshop on Guidelines for HIV and Hepatitis B & C was held by WHO SEARO with an objective toupdate the national programme managers, key CBOs, and WHO country focal points from member states on new WHO guidelines on HIV care including strategic information and hepatitis as well as to review the national and regional progress on ending HIv an hepatitis by 2030. The meeting also addressed the issue of contribution of Key Populations (KPs) in new infections with a view to revise approaches and implementation strategies to help address them adequately, including on how to reach the unreached under the ambit of UHC. The participants included national programme manager for HIV and Hepatitis, focal person for M&E, HIV and Hepatitis, academia and institutes of excellence, WHO Collaborating Centres, Development partners, and community stakeholder. The report gives an overview of deliberations, links to key reference materials and presentations during the meeting