Community forum lacks sufficient edge to hold leaders accountable
By Godsway Shumba.
The community forum that was held in preparation of 9th ICAAP being held on Aug. 9 to 13, 2009 in Nusa Dua, Bali, is an important way of bringing affected populations together, but some of the delegates still feel that communities don’t have the sufficient urge to hold leaders accountable.
According to Greg Gray, Key Populations Manager Campaign Coordinator for the World AIDS Campaign (WAC), representatives of affected populations are still bogged down with details, not action-oriented and are always looking for recommendations.
Gray said the community forum has not been very effective because representatives of affected populations have been repeating the same message at every ICAAP and are finding it difficult to find solutions to issues affecting them.
Involvement of Interfaith organisations in the response to HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific region
By Yudi Manggala.
The 9th ICAAP Pre-Congress interfaith community forum, which took place on Aug. 7 and 8, began with Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Roman Catholic and Christian participants praying together.
The forum followed with the sounding of the gong by Dr. Prawat Khid-arn, the General-Secretary of the Commission on AIDS in Asia (CAA), and a speech by Prof. Dr Nasarudin, Indonesian General Director of Religious Affairs.
His speech focused on gender inequality in the HIV approach and presented the example of the Young Women’s Organization, Fatayat, a branch of Indonesia’s oldest and biggest Muslim organization, the Nahdlatul Ulama, which plays a key role in HIV programming in Central and East Java, Indonesia.
Migration: Vulnerable factor for HIV infection
By Suksma Ratri.
The Migrants Forum was opened by Prof. Dr. Zubairy Djoerban, the Congress Chair and one of the senior doctors in Indonesia who had been working on HIV/AIDS issues, mainly in Indonesia, since the1980s.
In his opening remark, he recognized that migrants have been forgotten from the agenda of HIV prevention for a long time and it is important to hold this forum to raise awareness of the linkages between HIV/AIDS and migration issues.
Dr. Zubairy's opening remark was followed by a presentation of the report on the State of Health of Migrants and Mandatory Testing produced by the Coordination of Action Research on AIDS & Mobility in Asia (CARAM), by two migrant representatives from Indonesia and Bangladesh, who also shared their thoughts and expectations from the Forum.