Strengthening services for HIV and sexually transmitted infections to achieve universal health coverage in Vanuatu

Participants at the training for health workers on Treating and Preventing HIV Infection in Vanuatu in August 2017

PORT VILA, 1 December 2017 – This year’s slogan for World AIDS Day is “Everybody Counts” because universal health coverage means access to effective and affordable HIV services, medicines and other health commodities for all people who need them. The Albion Centre in Sydney, Australia, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Health Care Worker Training in HIV Care, Treatment and Support, assists in implementing the global strategies and ensuring everyone receives the full range of HIV services, particularly by providing technical support to Pacific island countries and areas.

Encompassing universal health coverage: the role of national health insurance in Viet Nam’s HIV response

HANOI, 1 December 2017 - “Everybody Counts”, the slogan for World AIDS Day 2017, emphasizes the importance of accessible and quality HIV care and treatment services for everyone. In the Western Pacific Region, much of the progress achieved in providing access to HIV services has been due to substantial financial assistance from global health initiatives. One of biggest challenges to maintaining the universal health coverage principles within national HIV responses, however, is the recent decline in donor funding. In preparing for this, Viet Nam has begun reforming its national health system to increase government spending and is also leveraging health insurance to sustain HIV services.

amfAR and WHO Support Pilot Study Investigating PrEP in the Philippines


MANILA, 11 July 2017 --- Enrollment has started for a pilot project that brings pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the Philippines in an effort to curb the rapid spread of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender individuals. The project, known as PrEPPY (PrEP Pilipinas), will evaluate community-based, peer-driven delivery of PrEP services for MSM and transgender women at high risk for HIV in Manila. The Philippines is among the first countries in Asia introducing PrEP – an HIV prevention drug.

HIV self-testing provides an opportunity to know your status in private

MANILA, 1 December 2016 – HIV self-testing is an empowering and innovative way to reach the estimated 1.8 million people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific who do not know their status. The new WHO guidelines released ahead of World AIDS Day this year recommend that self-testing be offered as an additional HIV testing service. For the Western Pacific Region, having the option for an individual to perform an HIV test on his or her own will help to overcome legal and social barriers to HIV service access often faced by key populations, including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people.

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HIV Status

1.2 millionpeople living with HIV
know their status in the Region in 2017

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Antiretroviral theraphy (ART)

954 000people were receiving ART in the
Region in 2017

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77%maternal ARV coverage in the Region
by the end of 2017

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