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International Program

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:

National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA)

Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association

Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)

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:

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.


 IFRC Code of Good Practice for NGOs Responding to HIV and AIDS.





Our office

66/1 Sukhumvit Soi 2,


Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Phone: +66­ 2259 3734


Our staff

The AFAO International program is based in a satellite office in Bangkok, Thailand.

Chris Connelly International Programs and Policy Manager +66 (0) 2255 4410


The AFAO Executive Director and staff from other AFAO teams contribute directly to the work of the International Program.

We encourage you to be passionate about thinking globally and regionally on HIV and AIDS issues.


This page was published on 12 January, 2011

This page was reviewed on 7 December 2015