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Clearinghouse Updates, Asia - Pacific Focus, January 2010 Issue

Inside this issue:

1. Latest Publications
2. Forthcoming Events

1. Latest Publications

Convergence of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for People Living With or Most at Risk of HIV: A Toolkit for Building Capacity
PATH, 2009
The toolkit provides practical guidance for building the capacity of various institutions to  integrate HIV and sexual and reproductive health services strategically. Developed in India, the toolkit is designed for program managers of nongovernmental organizations and community-based organisations; health care providers in the public sector at the national, district, and facility levels; and those running private-sector programs.

Can We Be a Part of Its Solution?
UNESCO HIV E-Learning Video Conference Course, 2009 (in DVD format)
UNESCO Office, Jakarta through University Indonesia Public Health Department
This DVD contains materials from the two-credit course which was conducted by UNESCO Jakarta, through University Indonesia Public Health Department, from April to June 2009. The course aims to enhance access to HIV and AIDS education at the tertiary level through e-learning. It covers five-key aspects: Basic Information on HIV and AIDS; Review of Current HIV and AIDS Situation; HIV Prevention; Economic/Psycho-social Impacts; Perspectives and Issues related to Religion, Gender and Human Rights. Over 200 students from eight universities in four countries - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste attended the course.
The course materials is also available at (Under “Available Course”, please click on “HIV and AIDS Preventive Education” and login as a guest.)
For more information about the course, please contact: Anwar Alsaid, UNESCO Jakarta at

HIV/AIDS in the South-East Asia Region 2009
WHO, Regional Office for South-East Asia, 2009
This report presents a synthesis of historical and current data on HIV epidemiology in the South-East Asia Region. It also provides the latest updates on national responses to the epidemic. The findings show that HIV continues to disproportionately affect marginalised populations in the region. Transmission of HIV is fuelled by risky sexual and injecting practices and high rates of sexually transmitted infections. In addition, continuing stigma, weak health systems, limited human resources capacity, high prices of drugs and unsustained finances are main barriers to HIV prevention and control efforts.

HIV and AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in China: Results from a National Survey (Journal article)
Karen Hardee et al, Asia-Pacific Population Journal, Vol.2 No.2, August 2009, pp.7-24 Because stigmatising and discrimination attitudes and tendencies are largely prevalent in China, national and local mass media interventions have an important role to play in making Chinese citizens aware of the debilitating effects of stigma and discrimination and in reinforcing information on HIV/AIDS to reduce baseless fears of transmission.
Contact: Editor, APPJ, Social Development Division, UNESCAP at

Gender and HIV in the Pacific Island Region: A Literature Review of Evidence with Recommendations
UNIFEM, Secretarial of the Pacific Community (SPC), and UNDP, 2009
This study presents evidence linking the spread of HIV with gender inequality in law and in custom in Pacific island countries and territories. It suggests recommendations based on the findings in five areas, proposing policy responses and programme approaches which can and should be fundamental to minimize the spread of HIV in the Pacific region.

Enhancing HIV Prevention for Adolescents through Effective HIV and Sexuality Education Report of the Special Session at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), Bali, Indonesia, 9 August 2009
The theme of the 9th ICAAP was Empowering People, Strengthening Networks. The session was designed to be of particular interest to education policy makers and planners, Ministry of Education, HIV focal points, National AIDS Programme staff, sexual health and HIV education specialists, NGOs and those who are generally interested in HIV prevention among adolescents. The special session focused on effective school-based HIV prevention, how to enable the development of successful health and sexuality education policies and programmes and how to implement them effectively across the region. Successful practices from different countries and how these were designed and implemented were shared among participants.
For further information about the Section, please visit:

Overcoming Legal Barriers to Comprehensive Prevention among Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific
Symposium Report of the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Bali, Indonesia, 11 August 2009
The Symposium on Overcoming Legal Barriers to Comprehensive Prevention among Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific was jointly convened by UNDP and the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) to discuss how effective and comprehensive HIV prevention among men who have sex with men and transgender people can take place in a conducive and enabling legal environment. This symposium report aims to highlight the key messages conveyed by panellists, issues raised, and points to the way forward for further actions.

Report of the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific
Turning the Tide: An OPEN strategy for a response to AIDS in the Pacific
UNAIDS Pacific Region, 2009
In this report, the Commission draws on existing and new research to make recommendations for policy makers, programme implementers, development partners, communities, people living with HIV and all those concerned about the impact of and responses to HIV and AIDS in the Pacific. The Commission concludes that the Pacific region has despite limited capacity, a poor evidence base, high levels of risk-taking behaviours and vulnerabilities, made fairly good progress in responding to HIV. However, increased political and civil society engagement and commitment will be needed to sustain the region’s response. It recommends the way forward for the Pacific countries which lies in their abilities to achieve, including ownership of the epidemic at all levels of society; partnerships to develop integrated responses; empowering and enabling environments; and networking to share experience and outcomes.

YAP - Who We Are? What We Do?
UNFPA, 2009
UNFPA Thailand Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) 2008-2009 report
This document is an introduction of YAP –“Who they are” and What they do”. It highlights YAP’s group experience and initiatives, and the personal impacts of the experience as told by each member. Through their potential opportunities, YAP outlines its important visions in the comprehensive development of the livelihood and health of young people. 
Contact: UNFPA Thailand Country Office at or

2.         Forthcoming Events (from February – May 2010)