Representatives from Alliance partners in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar and the UK-based Secretariat attended to take part in panel discussions, oral sessions and to give poster presentations, sharing their work and experiences.
“Regional conferences provide an important opportunity for the Alliance to reflect on the status of the HIV epidemic and response, to strengthen connections with community based organisations and Alliance Linking Organisations from across the region,” said Lynette Lowndes, Deputy Executive Director.
“It provides all stakeholders such as UNAIDS, donors, government representatives and civil society an opportunity to identify and agree priorities to be taken into the future.”
For the first time the Key Correspondents attending the conference were supported by the Alliance following the transfer of the Key Correspondent programme from Health and Development Networks (HDN).
The Key Correspondents played an important role supporting the Rapporteurs in documenting the pre-conference Community Forums and reporting on the ICAAP conference. More than 50 articles were submitted and distributed through healthdev.net with a number of the articles appearing in the conference newspaper on a daily basis.
Of the many topics under discussion there were a number of key issues that emerged for the Alliance. One of these was the importance and need for building institutional capacity and supporting the professionalization of community organisations across Asia. The Alliance Regional Technical Support Hubs now operating in Delhi, India and Phnom Penn, Cambodia can contribute expertise of working with community organisations, national NGOs, umbrella organisations and coordinating bodies in this area.
Another critical issue was that of Hepatitis C and HIV co-infection. The lack of care, treatment and support is a critical problem particularly for people who inject drugs and are co-infected. This is an issue that the Alliance is keen to see develop in its programming.
For more detailed information about the conference, Alliance activities and the issues that were discussed please see the ICAAP section of the Alliance website.