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ChemSex in Pakistan_Yasir Ali Khan

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My Life – My Right | End the War on Drugs

In November 2018, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) adopted the first ever “United Nations system common position supporting the implementation of the international drug control policy through effective inter-agency collaboration1”.

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Statement urging Singapore to Halt Impending Execution of Nagenthran K Dharmalingam for a Drug Offence

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THE BIG HUSTLE FOR BIG HUDDLE: Key Population’s Regional Online Sounding Board Session on COP/ROP22

Through #KeyPopAsiaCOP22, a series of pro-active community-led data collection and consultation with key populations and their networks in Asia, with the collaboration of Regional Key Population Networks Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+), Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), International Community of Women Living with HIV in Asia-Pacific (ICWAP), Network of Asian People who use Drugs (NAPUD), and Youth LEAD, has served as a visible regional platform which is open and safe for the communities to share worries and concerns about KP program’s sustainability.

APCOM has also developed and disseminated resources and knowledge products about PEPFAR and COP/ROP22 so that communities know the process and how to better engage online, as travel restrictions are still in place.

The Asia Region is facing a continuing decline of investments into HIV programming despite the inclusion of strategies and commitments towards ensuring KP-led programs and their sustainability. As we are approaching towards approval of the PEPFAR ROP/COP 2022 meetings in May 2022, significant concerns from the key population are yet to be addressed. 

Through this online sounding board session, with key participation from PEPFAR/USAID/EpiC, we heard from the communities their personal and professional experiences regarding their involvement in the COP/ROP22 process. Through their experiences or the lack thereof, they have come up with useful recommendations as we move forward to Country Operational Plans/Regional Operational Plans 2023 (COP/ROP23) processes.

Part of the recommendations, for example, in Nepal, the implementing CBOs are not part of the COP process in the country. Although some of the CBOs were given opportunity to provide inputs, they are not sure whether their inputs were included and that there must also be strict implementation of CLM (community-led monitoring) in the country for active watchdogging in the improvement of quality of HIV services.

Another recommendation is that the spaces and fora where discussions and consultation happen have to be community-friendly which allow open and honest conversation. These spaces and for a should promote an environment for the community members to feel that their voices and contributions are crucial, and that actions will be taken as the process moves forward.

 

 

“As a regional key population network, we are concern that with the completion of KPIF last year, we need to continue advocating for a dedicated funding stream for key population both regionally and nationally.” 

 

 

 

Francis Joseph

Regional Coordinator, NAPUD
Asia Pacific Region

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Network of Asian People who Use Drugs
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