The International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) is the largest forum on HIV/AIDS in the region. Now in its 11th edition, this year's Congress is coming to the vibrant city of Bangkok in Thailand.
ADB is a workshop partner and one of sponsors of the 11th ICAAP, wherein three of the satellite sessions are organized by ADB.
ICAAP11 aims to create a "game change" impact on the HIV/AIDS response in Asia and the Pacific by providing a forum where innovative and evidence-based research programs and policies to combat HIV/AIDS are exhibited to generate and reinforce public attention on the issues. The ultimate goal of ICAAP11 is to advance effective and sustainable response to HIV/AIDS in the region.
It also aims to:
- enhance public awareness and media attention on the continued impact of HIV/AIDS, and the needs for responses to the epidemic;
- gain a greater understanding, and commitment for increased investment in community- and evidence-based interventions and innovations;
- share best practices and lessons learned on scaling up and sustaining effective responses to reach the triple zero;
- strengthen political commitment for sustaining resources and programs for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and support, and reducing discrimination and stigmatization; and
- strengthen regional collaboration and networks among key affected populations, civil society, governments and other stakeholders.
Approximately 4,000 delegates from 22 countries across Asia and the Pacific are expected to participate in this five-day long forum. The Congress will offer delegates dynamic learning experience, and great networking opportunities through a variety of programs and activities.
The three sessions are organized by ADB with the following resource persons:
- HIV/AIDS Data Hub: staying relevant as data needs change - Patricia Moser, Lead Health Specialist
- Reducing Vulnerability among Migrant and Mobile Populations and Communities in Cross-Border Areas in the GMS - Myo Thant, Principal Economist
- HIV Prevention for MSM and PWIDs in Big Cities in the Philippines - Gerard Servais, Health Specialist