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Blue Sky Week Asia - reaching key populations


(c) Slava Kuskakov, Alliance Ukraine

Over 30 Alliance participants from 12 countries gathered in Bandung and Jakarta in Indonesia for Blue Sky Week Asia 2011 (19-23 September).

This regional event, hosted by Rumah Cemara the Alliance linking organisation in Indonesia, provided the opportunity for participants from Asia and Eastern Europe to meet for discussions and share learning and experiences. The focus of the week was on organisational sustainability, quality programming, and reaching key populations such as people who use drugs, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, sex workers, and people living with HIV. Events included:

Jakarta Exchange Forum

The forum focused on ‘how to keep key populations at the centre of our work’. Visitors heard from Jakarta based organisations, and Indonesia’s national positive women’s network about reaching marginalised groups, in particular working with women living with HIV to improve the quality of their lives through increasing access to health care services, supporting socioeconomic development and encouraging women to claim their rights by documenting human rights violations and linking them to legal aid services.

The host-country organisations in turn heard about learning and successes from around the region, including Alliance Ukraine’s work with injecting drug users, in particular their impressive success in reaching female drug users through peer driven outreach.  Humsafar Trust (India) shared their valuable experiences of working with MSM and transgender communities and the crucial role that MSM mappings and gathering data played in their advocacy work with the government.

The Indonesian National AIDS Commission (KPA) supported the event, which was attended by donor organisations, including a representative from UNAIDS Indonesia.

‘Solidarity Night’

A social event brought together local key population and partner organisations, including MSM, transgender people, sex workers, and people living with HIV. Local food and performances crested a relaxed atmosphere for groups to come together to network.

Bandung outreach

Alliance participants visited a number of partner organisations and projects while in Bandung, including a prison for drug offenders where Rumah Cemara runs support groups for prisoners living with HIV, and a public health clinic that provides services for key populations including MSM and sex workers.

    the focus of the week was on organisational sustainability, quality programming and reaching key populations