Across the Asia Pacific region, an estimated 5 million people are living with HIV and there are an estimated 340,000 new HIV infections each year.
The epidemic in this region is concentrated among key populations: men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, sex workers, and people who inject drugs.
For over two decades, AFAO and its members have played a key role in strengthening these communities' capacity to respond to HIV.
Australian peak community organisations that have supported the regional HIV response:
Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association
Our involvement has been based on the recognition that Australia's HIV community organisations have considerable expertise and practical experience to share with regional organisations.
Our partnership and support have also been consistent with the Australian Government's strategic priorities for the international HIV response, which recognise that improving health outcomes is an enabler for economic development, and that Australia has a significant role to play in supporting the development of a regional HIV response that is effective, equitable, and sustainable.
In 2015 Federal funding for the regional work conducted by AFAO and its members came to an end. AFAO is seeking to ensure this important work continues.
We are currently working with key regional organisations APCOM and APCASO to develop a detailed funding proposal (Concept Note) for the Global Fund for a regional program to support civil society engagement with South East Asian governments regarding the domestic financing of HIV programming for key populations, including MSM and transgender people, people with HIV, sex workers and people who inject drugs.
AFAO is reviewing its International Strategy following the defunding by DFAT. The rationale and focus will be refined, and communicated to DFAT.
Background documents and commitments
AFAO's International program has been directed by:
- The AFAO International Strategy 2007-2010
- The AFAO International Program Guiding Principles
- The Program's operating policies
- The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Strategic priorities for Australia's international response to HIV.
AFAO is a member of ACFID and signatory to ACFID's Code of Conduct, and the IFRC Code of Good Practice for NGOs Responding to HIV and AIDS.
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This page was published on 12 January, 2011
This page was reviewed on 7 December 2015
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