The AIDS response in the ASEAN Community reaffirms the right to health by its people.

Approximately 1.7 million people are living with HIV in ASEAN of which about one third are females. The HIV epidemics in ASEAN are concentrated among key populations (KP) i.e. female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgenders, and people who inject drugs. Less than half of PLHIV are receiving anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

As directed by the mission of the ASEAN Post 2015 Health Development Agenda (APHDA), we are moving towards promoting a healthy and caring ASEAN Community, where the people achieves maximal health potential through healthy lifestyle, have universal access to quality health care and financial risk protection; have safe food and healthy diet, live in a healthy environment with sustainable inclusive development where health is incorporated in all policies. As agreed in APHDA, Health Cluster 2: Responding to All Hazards and Emerging Threats, HIV and AIDS are still an important disease that need to be addressed.

This is further strengthened through the ASEAN Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS: Fast-Tracking and Sustaining HIV and AIDS Responses to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030, adopted by the 28th ASEAN Summit in September 2016. Through this Declaration, we have received the political commitment of our leaders to scale-up and strengthen the coverage, reach and quality of a continuum of comprehensive integrated packages of prevention, testing, treatment, care and support services for key affected populations in priority geographic areas according to national legislation, priorities and evidence about the epidemic in each ASEAN Member State.

Community efforts in fast-tracking and sustaining the AIDS response in ASEAN have already been concretely documented through the ASEAN Cities Getting to Zeros Project, launched in 2012 in the region amongst 13 ASEAN cities/areas. The response has since been rolled-out to more than 50 cities/areas in ASEAN in 2015. Although progress in the implementation has been demonstrated and documented, there are still significant challenges at regional, national, and local community levels to focus, target, and expand the coverage, reach and quality of evidence-informed or evidenced-based programmes, and challenges to mobilise sufficient resources to invest in fast-tracking and sustaining the AIDS Response.

In line with WAD 2017 message, ASEAN community is looking forward to materializing our wish that prioritize rights to health and leaving no one behind. We envisage that through ASEAN Work Plan 5 (AWP 5) on AIDS 2016-2020, which has since been incorporated into the ASEAN Health Cluster 2 Work Programme 2016-2020 through HIV and AIDS Focal Points. We are able to leverage opportunities between the right to health and other rights, including the right to education, equality, non-discrimination, access to justice, privacy and food. Learning from the AIDS response, the World AIDS Day campaign will focus on the right to health, highlighting opportunities to leverage rights-based practices and behaviours to achieve more rapid and sustainable progress towards universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals

We look forward to a highly successful World AIDS Day 2017.

Related links:

  • Link to ‘ASEAN Post 2015 Health Development Agenda (APHDA)’ 
  • Link to Work Programme of HC2 with Annex on HIV (Work Programme 5 for HIV and AIDS; the ‘ASEAN Work Plan 5 (AWP 5) on AIDS 2016-2020’
  • Link to ASEAN E-Health Bulletin — special issue for the Side Meeting for the UN HLM on Ending AIDS in July 2016 with documentation of the ASEAN Cities Getting to Zeros Project’ 
  • Link to Publication on ASEAN Good Practices and New Initiatives in HIV and AIDS (ie. supported by HIV Alliance)
  • Link to UNAIDS website regarding the WAD Theme
  • Link to HIV Situation in ASEAN 2015, the Second Regional Report on HIV and AIDS 2011-2015
  • Link to ‘ASEAN Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS: Fast-Tracking and Sustaining HIV and AIDS Responses to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030’