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Published on Friday, 02 September 2011 09:01

APA UPDATE #16 September 2011


E-NEWS AND INFORMATION ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS

FROM THE SECRETARIAT

Results Available from Online Consultation on Key Affected Women and Girls in HIV/AIDS

The Summary Report from the online consultation on “What Strategies would you prioritise to address the needs and rights of key affected women and girls in HIV and AIDS programmes?” jointly conducted by APA Secretariat and Citizen News Service (CNS) is now available.  Access the Report here.

Women’s Forum at ICAAP10 Highlights SRHR Needs of Key Affected Groups of Women and Girls in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

SRHR needs of vulnerable groups of women and children were stressed in the key messages from the Women’s Forum on August 25, in the run-up to International Congress on AIDS in Asia Pacific (ICAAP10), in Busan, Republic of Korea.  APA Secretariat and APA Member Raks Thai were represented at the Women’s Forum, along with close to 40 women, girls and NGO representatives for key affected groups of women and girls in the HIV/AIDS concentrated epidemic in the Asia Pacific region.  The key messages from the Women’s Forum were delivered to global leaders at the Opening Ceremony of ICAAP10. Read the Statement here.

MEMBER NEWS 

APA Member Appointed to NGO Delegation for UNAIDS PCB

Ms. Jane Bruning, National Coordinator at Positive Women Inc. in New Zealand, has been appointed as an alternate delegate to the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board (PCB). Read more here.

AFPPD Regional Parliamentarians’ Consultation on Emerging Economies and SRHR 

Mobilizing to increase the allocation of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for sexual and reproductive health rights-related (SRHR) programmes, and taking a broader and more strategic approach to South-South cooperation for SRHR, were among the actions called for by parliamentarians from six Asia Pacific countries at the Regional Parliamentarians’ Consultation on Emerging Economies and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights organized by APA member Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and partners,  in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Read more here

SRHR Key Issue in New ‘Pacific Young Women’s Leadership Strategy’  

The new 'Safe. Respected. Included. Connected. Skilled: A Pacific Young Women's Leadership Strategy'  was developed after consultations with young women in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Australia, Solomon Islands and New Zealand, and an expert reference group of representatives from regional organizations, including  the Director of Family Planning International (FPI), New Zealand. SRHR was identified as a key issue in the strategy.   Read more here.

NEWS, RESOURCES and OPPORTUNITIES

UNAIDS Executive Director Emphasizes Key Issues in the Asia Pacific HIV/AIDS Epidemic at ICAAP 10

In his speech at the Opening Ceremony of ICAAP10, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe stressed the evolution of the HIV Epidemic in Asia Pacific.   Three key issues were underscored : 1. the region has only about one-third of the funding needed to achieve universal access; 2. the available money isn’t being allocated in a smart, cost-effective way; 3. across the region, new infections are highly concentrated among vulnerable populations—men who have sex with men, transgendered people, sex workers and people who inject drugs—but the community organizations that serve these groups receive only a tiny fraction of AIDS resources.  Read more of the speech here.

Civil Society Statement on Violence at ICAAP10

Members of civil society organizations have released a statement regarding violence which took place on 27 August 2011, during a peaceful protest against Free Trade Agreements (FTA) inside the ICAAP conference site, when Korean and international participants were subject violent abuse at the hands of the South Korean police. A statement addressing the failure of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific, the Local Organising Committee and the UN to predict, prevent and effectively intervene in the violence that took place on the 27 of August has also been released. Read the Civil Society Statements here For more information, see also 10th ICAAP Turns its Back on Human Rights article by Citizen News Service.

What Works for Women

What Works for Women is a new website which provides strategies and evidence on a full range of gender-sensitive programming for women and girls.  Evidence for HIV/AIDS Intervention is a comprehensive review of data from HIV/AIDS interventions for women and girls was taken from  nearly 100 countries  and produced by the Open Society Institute. 

Booming Reproductive Tourism in Asia Threatens Local Medical Services

Local health services in low income countries and women of reproductive age are the little-publicized victims of booming demand for cheap assisted reproduction from people in rich countries, a review in the journal Reproductive Health says.  Read more here.

New UNAIDS Report Highlights Inadequate Focus on Key Populations at Risk of HIV in Asia Pacific

The AIDS epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is at a crossroads, according to the new ‘HIV in Asia and the Pacific: Getting to Zero’ report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). While the region has seen impressive gains – including a 20% drop in new HIV infections since 2001 and a three-fold increase in access to antiretroviral therapy since 2006 – progress is threatened by an inadequate focus on key populations at higher risk of HIV infection and insufficient funding from both domestic and international sources. Read the Report here.

Intelligence Brief on Anti-Choice Opposition In Europe

Opponents of sexual and reproductive health and rights have been active across Europe in the first semester of 2011.  The European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) has produced an overview of antichoice initiatives across Europe from January - August 2011.  Access the Intelligence Brief here.

IPPF New Director General

The new Director General of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Mr. Tewodros Melesse, took up his position on September 1.  Read more here.

APCRSH Early Bird Registration Deadline

September 17, 2011 is the deadline for Early Bird Registration for the 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR), being held from 19-22 October 2011 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

EuroNGOs SRHR and Development Cooperation Conference Deadline Extended

The deadline to register for the “Future Perspectives on Development Cooperation – Putting SRHR on the Right Track”  EuroNGOs Conference and AGM, from 13th-14th October 2011 in  Warsaw, Poland,  has been extended until the 9th September 2011.  Read more here.