1. How different is the 9th ICAAP from other HIV/AIDS conferences?
The International Congress on HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific is the biggest, biennial meeting on HIV/AIDS. It is also the world’s second largest forum on HIV/AIDS. The 9th ICAAP brings together a wide variety of stakeholders whose focus is on this region – individuals and institutions from the government and non-governmental sectors, as well as the private sector.
2. How many countries will be represented in this congress?
Approximately 65 countries representing Asia and the Pacific, as well as Europe, the Americas, and Africa
3. Who will attend?
Approximately 3,000 delegates are expected to participate in the 9th ICAAP, including health care professionals, public policy leaders, community advocates, activists, researchers, and journalists who may also be people living with HIV. The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, will open the congress.
4. What are the objectives of the 9th ICAAP?
- To share expertise and knowledge on key issues and treatments critical to the control of HIV/AIDS in the region
- To help accelerate the scale-up of HIV prevention, care and treatment services and the integration of a comprehensive AIDS response in existing health systems
- To advance strategies to free people infected with, affected by and vulnerable to HIV from stigmatization, marginalization and discrimination and to protect their rights.
5. Why was the theme ‘Empowering people, strengthening networks’ chosen?
The Asia and Pacific region is of considerable cultural, religious, social and political diversity. Yet there are common problems and solutions that can be found by sharing information and experience among people – both HIV-positive and HIV-negative vulnerable to HIV – and networks such as PLHIV groups, faith-based organizations, communities, governments, regions, and sectors. The 9th ICAAP brings together all these groups to share new ways, knowledge and skills that will foster and strengthen their efforts to minimize HIV infection and provide better treatment and care. With increased mobility in-country and across borders, nations can no longer expect to work alone in their response to HIV and AIDS. Regional and international cooperation is needed to address HIV transmission among migrant populations. Strong networks are of utmost importance when countries need effective intervention.
6. What kind of knowledge and skills will be shared?
Because AIDS is not just a health issue, but based broadly in human development including medical, social, political, religious, economic, management, human relations, communications issues, the 9th ICAAP has four main ‘tracks’ or areas of focus for easier identification:
Track A: Understanding the Epidemic and Strengthening Prevention Efforts
Track B: Strengthening Partnership for Treatment, Care, and Support
Track C: HIV/AIDS in Context: Understanding and Addressing Socio-Cultural, Economic and Political Determinants
Track D: Leadership and Broadening the Response
A wide range of plenary sessions, symposiums, oral sessions, poster presentations, and exhibitions will elaborate on topics relevant to each track.
7. Is the 9th ICAAP mainly for academics and scientists?
There are many formal presentations, and there will be discussion about important scientific developments and studies being done on microbicides, circumcision and other clinical and therapeutic approaches. But the ICAAP always brings a wide variety of people or ‘stakeholders’ together. In support of this, there is the Community Forum and also the Asia-Pacific Village.
8. What is the ‘Community Forum’?
This forum is where various communities can each have their own conference to identify and share their respectively common issues and experiences. At the 9th ICAAP, there will be an Interfaith forum in addition to the PLHIV, Youth, MSM, LGBTIQ, IDUs, sex workers and womens forum. This forum also ensures that these issues are included in the ‘mainstream’ of the Congress. The Community Forum will take place on 7-9 August.
9. What is the ‘Asia Pacific Village’?
This is the informal ‘hang-out’ where people can relax more, have smaller discussions in a fun and colourful ‘market’ atmosphere, surrounded by stalls selling handicrafts and snacks, with a stage for arts and music performances, movies, and so on. It is open to the public.
10. Why was Indonesia picked as the country venue?
Indonesia was one of the first Asian countries to develop a far-sighted national policy in 2006, which decriminalized drug users and provided legal immunity to those seeking methadone treatment or sterile needles at appointed institutions, including those in prisons. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment coverage increased by 21% from December 2006 to December 2007 and community groups have been involved in all aspects of advocacy and service provision. As such, Indonesia has shown leadership in the ways to free the region of HIV. Also, it is ideally geographically situated within Asia and the Pacific.
11. Sponsors of the 9th ICAAP
Coordinating Ministry of People’s Welfare, Republic of Indonesia; ASAP; UNAIDS, International AIDS Society; Indonesian National AIDS Commission; Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia; Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Indonesia; WHO, UNDP, Australian Government/AusAID
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