REPORT: Toward Universal Access: Examples of Municipal HIV Programming for MSM and TG in 6 Asian Cities

Published: June 17, 2011

Dear colleagues,

In support of the Regional Multi-city MSM and HIV Initiative implemented in 2010/2011,  UNDP in partnership with USAID, UNAIDS and AIDS Project Management Group (APMG) produced a report analyzing  current city-level responses in Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta, Yangon, Ho Chi Minh City and Chengdu to highlight innovate responses and underlines that city-based responses will have a critical impact on tackling HIV among MSM and transgender persons.

The study also confirms that progress continues to be hampered by the existence of restrictive legal environment and policies, selective enforcement practices and the lack of local coordination between health, law enforcement officials and community based organizations. Collectively, these challenges often discourage innovation, limit investment and curb scale-up.

According to the report, some innovative approaches to prevention and access to health care services in the region outlined in the study include:
• Information, Communication Technologies (ICT) – the internet, new mobile and handheld technologies being used to increase the reach of HIV services to MSM and transgender people
• New partnerships across the private, civil society, academic and government sectors provide expanded opportunities for increasing service delivery and are developing new approaches and improvements in HIV health services.
• City government coordination and leadership maximizing cooperation and support scale-up of services across sectors for deliver voluntary testing and counseling services in a non-medical setting
• Innovations in service design by hospitals and clinics for MSM and transgender persons improving the delivery of services

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The Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Populations Multi-City HIV Initiative was supported by USAID Regional Development Mission Asia and UNDP in partnership with UNAIDS, WHO, Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM), the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APN+) and the Hong Kong Department of Health.



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