As countries commit to and progress towards the elimination of parents-to-child transmission (EPTCT) of HIV and syphilis, validating elimination is now necessary. Moves are underway in Asia-Pacific to set up a validation mechanism based on global guidelines developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNAIDS. Agencies working on EPTCT in the region met on November 10, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand, to discuss next steps, regional and country activities and to learn valuable lessons from pilot exercises in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Seven countries on track to receive Global Fund grants
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support national programs to bring about the end of these diseases as epidemics. In the Western Pacific region, seven countries are currently in the midst of applying for grants. As of January 2015, Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Viet Nam and the Pacific island countries have submitted concept notes that include a HIV component.
Update on the cluster of HIV cases, Roka Commune
PHNOM PENH, 9 January 2015 – Between 8 to 31 December, 2014, a total of 1940 people from Roka Commune, voluntarily undertook HIV testing and counselling and 212 people tested positive for HIV. Among the people who tested HIV positive, 174 (82%) are from Roka Village. Among the total of 212 diagnoses, 39 people (18%) are 14 years old or younger, 127 (60%) are between 15 and 59 years old and 46 (22%) are 60 years old or older.
World AIDS Day 2014: Closing the gap by putting key populations at the heart of the Asia-Pacific response
MANILA / NEW DELHI, 1 December 2014 – On World AIDS Day, the World Health Organization regional offices for South-East Asia and the Western Pacific are calling on Member States to recognize that in order to achieve the UNAIDS fast-track targets by 2020 with the aim of ending AIDS by 2030, key populations most vulnerable to HIV must be reached urgently.