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HIV and AIDS Education Clearinghouse Updates

Asia-Pacific Focus

July 2010

1. Latest Publications 
2. Forthcoming Events

1.  Latest Publications 

From Bangladesh to the Arab States: HIV Vulnerabilities Faced by Migrant Women

UNDP and Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program, 2009
This study is part of a UNDP regional research initiative on HIV vulnerability faced by Asian women migrant workers of deploying countries – Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka – working in three destination countries in the Arab States, Bahrain, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. By analyzing in depth the economic, socio‐cultural and political factors that determine vulnerability to HIV of women migrant workers overseas, the study intends to provide better data to design sound and holistic programmes that will address the vulnerabilities of these women throughout the migration cycle, especially in human rights and public health.

Migration and HIV/AIDS in Thailand: Triangulation of Biological, Behavioral and Programmatic Response Data in Selected Provinces
Nigoon Jitthai, Siriporn Yongpanichkul, and Mandhana Bijaisoradat, International Organisation for Migration, 2010
Thailand has been a hub for migration in Greater Mekong Sub-Region, particularly for labor migrants from the three neighboring countries namely Myanmar, Cambodia, and Lao PDR. It is estimated that over two million migrants are living and working in Thailand, in addition to some 150,000 displaced persons and asylum seekers who seek refuge in nine temporary shelters along the border. Recognizing the potential impact of migration on the Thai health system, the Ministry of Public Health has included migrants as an important target population in various strategies including the 2007-2011 National AIDS Strategy and the Master Plan on Mobility and HIV, which were formulated in collaboration with relevant sectors.

On the Right Track: Vietnam Adopts Rights-based Policies for HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care

US Agency for Internationals Development (USAID), July 2009 
Due in part to U.S. assistance on the policy front, the Vietnamese National Assembly enacted a more progressive, health- and rights-oriented national law regarding HIV/AIDS in mid-2006. Significantly, the new law officially endorses an array of specific HIV prevention activities for groups with high-risk behaviors. Ultimately, the policy environment in which donors and NGOs operate appears to be improving dramatically and holds promise for managing the epidemic as long as there is improved coordination among all actors.

Priority HIV and Sexual Health Interventions in the Health Sector for Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender People in the Asia-Pacific Region
World Health Organization (WHO), 2010
This document describes the priority health sector interventions needed to achieve universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support for HIV and sexually transmitted infections by men who have sex with men and summarizes key policy and technical recommendations developed by WHO for each of the priority health sector interventions. It also aims to guide the selection and prioritization of interventions for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for MSM; and to direct readers to key resources of WHO and other organizations, which contain  available information on the health sector response to HIV and AIDS for MSM.

Sexual Profile of Vietnamese men: A Preliminary Investigation in Hanoi, Ha Tay, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City, Monograph 1, Series "Gender, Sexuality and Society"
Vu Thanh Long, Nguyen Ngoc Huong, Khuat Thu Hong and Chengchi Shiu, Institute for Social Developmental Studies, 2010
The report documents the findings from a 2006 survey about sexuality and sexual health conducted by the Institute for Social Development Studies in Hanoi, with the support from the Ford Foundation.  The survey aims at providing preliminary answers to major questions regarding Vietnamese men’s sexuality such as perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of Vietnamese men toward sexuality, issues that men face in their sexual health, including sexually transmitted diseases and sexual dysfunctions as well as their needs and usage of sexual service.
Vu Thi Thanh Nhan, Institute for Social Development Studies at

Situation Analysis of Basic Education, Vocational Education and Development of Sustainable Livelihoods in Drug Treatment  and Rehabilitation Centres in India
UNESCO New Delhi, India, 2009
A situational analysis of basic education, vocational education and the development of sustainable livelihoods in the drug treatment and rehabilitation centres of India was undertaken from August to November 2008. The key focus was on vocational education and sustainable livelihoods, with drug and HIV awareness running as transversal themes. This research aims to improve our understanding of broad ranging education activities, within the government, non-governmental and private sectors, with a specific focus on the development of vocational education and the fostering of livelihood skills among drug users, ex-drug users and people vulnerable to drug use.

Social Discrimination against Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM). Implications for HIV Policy and Programs

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV, May 2010
This policy brief provides an overview of social discrimination against gay men and other MSM as it relates to HIV. It also includes recommendations for concerted action and policy development. A review of literature that demonstrates the linkages between homophobia and vulnerability to HIV disease is presented with related examples. The recommendations are intended for a global audience of advocates, researchers, service providers, public health practitioners, donors and policy makers.

Transgender People’s Access to Sexual Health and Rights: A Study of Law and Policy in 12 Asian Countries

Neha Sood, Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Woman, May 2010
This report describes how laws and policies in 12 Asian countries impact upon (whether violating or affirming) the health and rights of people marginalised on the basis of their sexuality and gender identity; particularly transgender people. These countries include Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. The findings serve as a resource for advocacy groups to demonstrate to legislators and policymakers how progressive laws and policies on gender and sexuality can empower marginalised communities, reduce stigma, discrimination and violence, improve access to essential information and reproductive and sexual health services as well as facilitate constructive social engagement.

2. Forthcoming Events

(For the complete list of additions, please visit our Database of Events at

4th International Conference on Reproductive Health and Social Science
6 August  2010 
Bangkok, Thailand
Organizer: Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University Salaya Campus
.Aree Jampaklay at or
Charamporn Holumyong at

International Short Course on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Holistic Nursing
9 August – 30 November 2010
Bangkok, Thailand
Organizer:   Boromarajonani College of Nursing
Contact:     Kamolrat Turner at
Website: _
Source: __

Healthy Sexuality Story of Love Exhibition
10 August (Opening Ceremony)
July 2010 – June 2011 (duration of exhibition)
National Science Museum, Pathumthani, Thailand
Organizers: UNESCO and the National Science Museum of Thailand, 
__________with support from Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Women’s Health
_________Advocacy Foundation, UNAIDS, UNIFEM, UNFPA, Thai Nippon Rubber
__________Company, and Plan Thailand

Contact:      Philip Bergstrom at or tel.: +66 2391 0577

4th Asian Conference on Sexuality Education
12 - 14 August 2010 
Hongkong, China
Organizer: Family Planning Association of Hong Kong
Contact: _Conference Secretariat at or tel.: +852 2735 8118 
Website: .

7th National Conference on Social Work Response to HIV/AIDS
19 – 22 August 2010
Kuttikkanam, Kerala, India
Organizers: School of Social Work Ignou, School of Social Work Marian College
__________Kuttikanam, and Association of Schools of Social Work, Kerala
Contact:      Gracious Thomas, or tel.: 011-29532044
Website: __

Understanding and Advancing Adolescent and Youth Health, Participation and Wellbeing in the Asia Pacific Region
23 – 27 August 2010
Vientiane, Lao PDR 
Organizers: UNFPA APRO, UNICEF APSSC and UNFPA Lao PDR country office
Contact:     Josephine Sauvarin at or
_________Margaret Sheehan at

Understanding the Needs of Vulnerable and Most at Risk Adolescents and Young People in Concentrated and Low Prevalence HIV Epidemics
30 August – 3 September 2010
Vientiane, Lao PDR 
Organizers: UNFPA APRO, UNICEF APSSC and UNFPA Lao PDR country office
Contact:     Josephine Sauvarin at or 
__________Margaret Sheehan at

Regional Workshop on Strategic Planning for the Health Sector Response to HIV

30 August – 3 September 2010
Jakarta, Indonesia
Organizer:   WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
Contact: __

3rd Annual HIV Science Symposium on HIV/AIDS, “HIV SCIENCE 2010”
30 - 31 August 2010
Chennai, India
Organiser:   YRG Centre for AIDS Research and Education Voluntary Health Services
__.Symposium Secretariat at or tel: 044-39106800

26th National Conference of Sexology

3 - 5 September 2010
Chennai, India
Organizer: Council of Sex Education & Parenthood International 
Contact:     Conference Secretariat at or tel: +91-44-24354242
Website: _

International Conference on Opportunistic Pathogens in AIDS
27 – 30 September 2010
New Delhi, India
Organizers: All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Association for Better Health and Society
Contact: __.Sarman Singh at
Website: __

Second International Conference on Alcohol and HIV: Insights from Interventions
28 – 30 September 2010
New Delhi, India
Organizers: International Center for Research on Women, The Institute for Community
_________Research, Public Health Foundation of India and National Institute of Alcohol
__________Abuse and Alcoholism

Regional Workshop on Training of Trainers on HIV Counselling
20 – 30 September 2010
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Organizer:   WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
Contact: __

A Pre-Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference Meeting of Social Researchers to Advance a Research Agenda for HIV Prevention Work for Men Who Have Sex with Men in Asia
18 – 19 October 2010
Sydney, Australia
Organizer: The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society,
_________La Trobe University

Contact: _.Stephen McNally

The 2010 Australasian Sexual Health Conference

18 – 20 October 2010
Sydney, Australia
Organizer: The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Contact: __The Conference Secretariat at or        
________tel : +61 2 8204 0770
Website: _

Meeting of National AIDS Programme Managers
18 – 20 October 2010
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Contact: HIV/AIDS UnitWHO SEARO at

Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2010

20 – 22 October 2010
Sydney, Australia
Organizer: ASHM Conference, Events & Sponsorship

th National Conference on HIV/AIDS Prevention
25 – 26 November 2010
Hanoi, Vietnam
Organizer: Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC), Ministry of Health
Contact:_. VAAC at or tel.: 84 437366185
Website: _

Dance 4 Life

27 November 2010
Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
Organiser: WPF Vietnam
_ Pham Hong Hanh, D4L Project Manager at or 
________tel.: (84-4) 38464584


Hope 2010 International Conference

15 – 17 December 2010
Mumbai, India
Organizer: Drug Abuse Information Rehabilitation and Research Centre, Mumbai, India
_. Yusuf Merchant