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Key Correspondents at ICAAP


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The 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) took place from 26 – 30 August 2011 in Busan, South Korea and the Key Correspondents were there to report.

The theme for the 2011 congress was Different Voices, United Action focusing on HIV as a political, social and economic concern, as well as purely a health issue.

Despite being marred by the actions of the local police during demonstrations on the first day many important discussions about the AIDS response in the region took place.

Below is a selection of articles by the Key Correspondents who attended ICAAP.

Where is the money for HIV and AIDS?

We keep hearing there is no money for HIV and AIDS. But can we accept that when we see huge amounts of money being made available for other things? We need to raise indignation at the way our governments are spending taxpayers’ money and change the current short-term mindset about investing in health, argues KC Moi Lee Liow from ICAAP. Read more

Diverse sexualities, one reality

The 10th ICAAP is the ideal venue for men who have sex with men and transgender community members in the region to speak up for their own rights. What we have learned here should be brought home at the national level for even more effective action, writes KC Otgoo Tsdendemberel. Read more

No safe avenue to address your concerns

This year’s International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP10), has been turned upside down by the actions of police. KC Suksma Ratri reports. Read more

Asia-Pacific children

HIV activists and UN officials have gathered to determine how countries can best eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies. KC Ishdeep Kohli reports. Read more

Diverse voices united action

ICAAP kicked off its congress in South Korea's southern port city of Busan on 26 August 2011 with more than 2,500 people from 64 countries joining the biennial gathering. KC Ishdeep Kohli reports. Read more

Karyn Kaplan – drug users and the legal framework

At the ICAAP plenary session, Legal Impediments to Universal Access which also enhance Stigma and Discrimination, Karyn Kaplan, Director of Policy and Development at Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG), spoke about the failure of the war on drugs and the impact this legal framework has on the lives of drug users. KC Ishdeep Kohli reports. Read more

Legal environment and universal access

About 90 percent of countries in the Asia-Pacific region still have laws and practices that obstruct the rights of people living with HIV and those at higher risk of HIV exposure. KC Ishdeep Kohli reports from ICAAP, where legal impediments to universal access were discussed. Read more

UNAIDS report - HIV epidemic at critical juncture in Asia-Pacific region

Though the Asia-Pacific region has seen impressive gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS 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, according to a UNAIDS report released at ICAAP. KC Ishdeep Kohli reports. Read more

‘We do not need an anti-human rights and violent ICAAP’

AIDS activists are furious about police brutality witnessed during peaceful protests at ICAAP this weekend. (27 August 2011). Read more