A Human Question: 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok 4
Director: T. Jayashree
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Summary: Tracing the story of the global struggle to make HIV/AIDS drugs more affordable and available, A Human Question raises key questions of whether private ownership of knowledge can be at the cost of human life?
Jaberray introduces the Positive People Meeting forum.
Welcoming to the conference by the ----- Jabberay, associate administrator of the United Nation development program-I am very happy to share this event which is being jointly organized by the Asia pacific network of people living with HIV aids (APN+). The Asia pacific PLWHA which is People Living With HIV Aids resource center (APRC), the Global Network of People living with HIV aids (GNP+) and the Indian Network of People living with HIV aids (INP+). Before I move on I like to introduce our eminent fellow panelists who are here with me. Mr. -------- Kurian, who is the President of IMP+, Dr. ------------, who needs no introduction for anybody attending this event, Mr.------------- assistant director general for HIV aids, TB and malaria (RTWHO), Mr. Stuart ---------, coordinator GMP+, Ms.---------- who is the president of FGMP+. Fiji and also executive of APM, Mr. Greg Gray who is the regional coordinator of Asia pacific network of people living with HIV aids. Mr. Sheba -----------, who is the coordinator APPARC and Ms. Odai Mani, member of the Cambodian network of people living with HIV aids. This press conference is being conveyed mainly for --------- announcement by people living with HIV aids in Asia pacific, the Bangkok declaration. It is by the -------------------charter argument of the people living with HIV aids and document which compels us to introspect and move forward. The Bangkok declaration is an important step for the PLWHA movement in Asia pacific and also for the way we respond to the human aspect of the epidemic. It is the culmination of more than 3 years of work by various PLWHA groups and networks in the region in which UNDP, my organization, was an active partner. ------------- critical momentum and we cannot lose time in taking it forward. In partnership with APM+, IMP+ and other PLWHA networks in the region, UNDP has been facilitating the empowerment of people living with aids in the region. And which includes initiative aim at the empowerment, capacity building, leadership development and participation of all these people to give voice to the voiceless and to make visible what we all know as invisible. And with this respect, I would like to announce an important initiative in Asia pacific, the Asia pacific HIV and human development association network in New Delhi to be coordinated by IMP+. UNDP, partner in ---------- will provide substantial initial support and vet network will provide much needed state of art technical and human resources to -------- networks, developing organization and all HIV aids stake holders. Mr. ----------, will share more about the network with us in a few minutes before that I would like to invite Ms.---------, she is a person living with HIV aids from Fiji. Also representing APM+ to shed more light on the Bangkok declaration and highlight the need of people living HIV aids in Asia pacific.
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director general for hiv/aids tb and malaria
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Ms.(name) speaks-- Bangkok declaration by people living with HIV aids in Asia pacific, July 11, 2004. A decade has past since world leaders rectified the principle of Gipa, the Greater Involvement of People living with HIV Aids, at the Paris aids summit in 1994. But its practice in Asia pacific region has been willfully feeble. We, the people living with HIV aids in the region painfully realize that these empowering presence of stigma and discrimination, lack of access to treatment and support services, lack of capacity and poor knowledge of Gipa among governments, other stake holders and people living with HIV aids networks, prevents 100 and 1000s of experienced people living with HIV aids from actively participating in the responses to the epidemic. Our categorical learning in dealing with HIV aids over the last two decade has been that without the well being and empowerment of people living with HIV aids Gipa can only be a piped dream. True practice of Gipa requires total empowerment of people living with HIV aids. Power that is both generated within and imparted from outside. This empowerment relates to a healthy and dignified life. A right and gender sensitive environment that is free of stigma and discrimination. Availability of livelihood, option, political and decision making capacity and access to affordable treatment including ARV, anti ------ viral treatment. We, representative of people living HIV aids network in the Asia pacific region therefore urge all government, political parties, civil society organization, UN, bi and multi lateral agencies, corporate, public and private sectors and the media in the region to create an empowering environment for people living with HIV Aids and people affected by HIV through the following measures. Policy and decision making. One, people living with HIV aids representatives should be given direct access to relevant ministries dealing with HIV aids issues. Two, people living with HIV aids representatives should be a part of the decision making bodies related to HIV aids in every country both in government and non government sectors. Three, greater involvement of people living with HIV aids should be incorporated into national policies as a prevention strategy. Four, legal reforms should be undertaken as ------- in every country to protect the rights of people living with HIV aids. Five, a budget line dedicated to support people living with HIV aids group should be included in the budget of every country. Access to treatment and support services, universal entry to anti ------- viral, laboratory test and opportunistic infection treatment should be made available in all the countries. Every company should have a comprehensive work place policy confirming to global guidelines that protect the rights of infected employees. Quality, confidential counseling services should be made available up to the primary health care delivery point. Social and economic empowerment, national aids committee should be made multi-sectorial. Government, corporate, public and private sectors should help people living with HIV aids groups, particularly women's group with income generation activity, micro credits, grants and revolving funds. HIV should be main stream in assisting poverty alleviation program. Social security measures must be initiated for poor people living with HIV aids. Large-scale leadership and capacity building effort should be initiated for people living with HIV aids. Government should embark special programs and budget for people affected by HIV, widows and children. And this is the declaration. Thank you.
Talks about the July 11 2004 Bangkok Declaration by PLHA, and its practice in the Asia Pacific region.
access to treatment
anti viral treatment
asia pacific region
availability of livelihood
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civil society organization
confidential counseling services
decision making capacity
gender sensitive environment
greater involvement of plha
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lack of capacity
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opportunistic infection treatment
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poverty alleviation program
stigma and discrimination
Thank you Ms (name) shedding some strong light on the Bangkok declaration and highlighting the needs of the people living with HIV aids in Asia pacific. Now let me turn to Mr. Abraham, president of IMP+ like to share with all of u and us details of the Asia pacific human development resource network.
asia pacific human development resource network
president of imp+
Mr. Abraham (IMP+ president)-Thanks. The Asia pacific HIV human development resource network is a unique initiative in which people living with HIV aids take the center stage in managing knowledge and services in HIV. It is being set up by the Indian network of the people living with HIV aids with the support of UNDP, regional HIV and development program and UN aids in view of the growing demand from the multi and bilateral agencies and the civil societies in the region for people living with HIV aids to assume a central role in responding to the challenge related to HIV aids. Need for an health sustainable resource network for Asia pacific that is able to generate and disseminate knowledge services and information that reflects people living with HIV aids perspective. Growing need to turn the attention of HIV aids practitioner and policy makers to the needs and concerns of people living with HIV aids in Asia pacific. Need for the resource mobilization for the people living with HIV activities. In the key objectives of the center are strengthen people living with HIV's movement in the region through capacity building, leadership development, economic empowerment and sharing of knowledge and learning, support and favorably influence HIV aids policies and programs in the region with a human and technical resources. And enhance access to the state of the art information and services, which help people living with HIV perspective. Services, consultancy on HIV and human development issues, services using information communication technology, internet based network, web-site development and hosting, creating IT tools, content design and development, creating and managing e-work spaces and online communication systems, publications and content management, events and workshop, production and dissemination of advocacy and communication tools such as -------------------- documents, organizational capacity and leadership development supports to people living with HIV's groups and networks, media and political advocacy. The third, operational morality of the HD and human resource network, it will be not for a profit autonomous organization based in New Delhi, over viewed by a group of directors which will include representatives from civil societies, government and UN agencies, well known and well respected organizations in future. Initial funding and hand holding support will be provided by UNDP regional program. UNDP will also be transferred technology and IT services, additional is provided by UN aids. Funds generated by the network through provision of services will be utilized towards the care, support and empowerment of people living with HIV in that region. The uniqueness of this network is, it puts people living with HIV in the drivers seat, not merely as a passive beneficiary of the process and policy but as a active leader shaping this. Thank you.
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IMP+ PRESIDENT talks about the ASIA PACIFIC HIV HUMAN DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE NETwork and its goals.
Needs absolutely no introduction. We know how he as the executive director of the (name) of been one of the most active and enduring advocate of the rights of people living with HIV in the world. Over to Dr. Peter
advocate of the rights of people living with hiv
Dr. Peter-Good afternoon everybody, I don't have too much to add but where Abraham ended I would like to start that is really this initiative puts people living with HIV and their networks in the driver's seat and leadership role. And that is what we need. I would say that in Asia and the pacific we still have a long way to go when it comes to organization of people living with HIV. There are growing number of support groups, growing number of people who are coming out as people living with HIV but we with so many millions infected, it is striking to me that not more, that is space is not there for more. And as the secretary general said in his speech on Sunday evening during the opening, engaging the people living with HIV in their response to aids has been one of the corner stone of the work of the UN system. So I am very proud that we work with UNDP on this and particularly with IMP+ and the others on this Asia pacific HIV and human development network. I've even asked also our complete offices which are working mostly with the ----------------------- to for see space for groups of people living with HIV, there where its difficult to have this space. By space in this case I mean even physical space. For example, as is the case in the office in Indonesia. Secondly, I think that the Bangkok declaration for me, the heart of which is people living with HIV must be at the table. That is not yet a case. In a meaningful way in the majority of countries not only in this region but elsewhere. We have the other points in the declaration that I wanted to add in. and finally when we look at the so-called Gipa principle its oath. Its like 10 years oath exactly. When it was first, when the new acronym was born and the principles and I must admit we are committed to it but we are struggling with it also, as an organization as a system to put it into practice. Because it touches on so many things. We had to review and to revise our own recruitment and personnel, and procedures and benefits in addition to the internalization work that this is not a special program that can really in everybody brain and heart. That is also a major reason I'm sitting here at this able to send a signal that we are committed and we want to make this work.
Talks about the importance of organizing PLHA groups and the importance of the Bangkok declaration within this context.
asia pacific hiv and human development network
organizing plha groups
Thank you Dr. Peter, for ur strong endorsement and commitment. We are all happy to have u part of this panel. As we all know a very important challenge facing people living with HIV aids in their region, most of which constitute poor is with the non availability of treatment. WHO shows ------------ which seems to demonstrate that ARV is feasible to the in resource poor setting. This we believe is a process we need to urgently accelerate and that is why I would like to ask Dr. (name) to share the latest on this issue.
resource poor settings
Dr.(name)----------------------. I have to come for WHO to honor and congratulate u for the Bangkok declaration. The architecture is very sound and robust. It is an architecture that is very congruent with our approach to confronting not only HIV but the 3 diseases. An architecture that I describe as being constructed of four primary corner stones. One is WHO's core strengths and advancing effective public health strategies and policies, prevention, treatment and care scale up. Second corner stone of energizing and mobilizing civil society, extending and leveraging our influence beyond public health communities to integrate the needs and views of people living with HIV and aids, to partnerships and alliances. The third corner stone is our duty and obligation to help transform the political climate in favor of treatment, in favor of resource mobilization, to help de-stigmatize and dispel the fear. And the fourth corner stone is to --------- both the financial and technical resources. And if u look at the three by five pillars of standardizing and simplifying medical regiments, building capacity at the country and community level, approving the 3 in 1 fix those combination drugs. This architecture is of for and by the people living with the virus. And as a part of the medical wing of the UN family of agencies, I just want to say that we are looking for concrete ways to involve not only treatment but prevention. We will be dedicating 1 million US to support community based HIV aids treatment preparedness activities and countries to further contribute to the realization of the 3 by 5 target for both prevention and treatment scale up through a competitive awards process. WHO will grant funds to organizations implementing treatment preparedness activities including prevention and treatment literacy projects and civil societies advocacy initiatives at the country level. And to conclude, u have our dedication and commitment to join with people living with the virus. To march forward on that horizon of aspirations and to build concrete pathways towards that horizon, towards the common purpose, a shared purpose of a world liberated by the virus. And that together we can and will make a difference and we appreciate the opportunity to come here today. Thank you.
Praises the Bangkok declaration and describes its four major strengths.
WHO core strength
community based aids treatment preparedness activities
financial and technical resources
mobilizing civil society
public health strategy
transform political climate
treatment and prevention
Greg Gray, regional coordinator of the Asia Pacific network of PLHA
Thank you Dr. (name) for ur contribution. Impressive. Let me now give the floor to one of the networks of people living with HIV aids and I would like Mr. Greg Gray who is the regional coordinator of the Asia pacific network of people living with HIV aids to make a statement
regional coordinator of the asia pacific network of plha
Mr. Greg-I don't have specific statements to make but rather just to say that APM+, the Asia pacific network of people living with HIV has certainly put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into forming this declaration. I believe that this declaration is very much a wish list but we have certainly taken into consideration the (name) declaration and the initial Gipa principles that came out of the Denver conference. As u all know less than 4% of people living with the virus in this region actually have access to treatment. And it is something that is very much close to the hearts of the people living with HIV in the region. It is a top priority for us, how do we actually access treatment and make treatment a reality for people living with HIV in our region. In addition to that obviously we very much realize and appreciate the ----------- of youth, women and young girls and as such we are trying to allocate funding to designated women working in our regional office, who is looking specifically at those issues. We are also very much concerned with the issues around the stigma and discrimination, how we can effective make some ----- in that. As a regional network we were closely in partnership with GNP+, with UNDP who have run 17 groups in the region. And we also work in partnership with international federation of red cross. And we believe that partnership is really key in moving things forward. Because obviously as individual networks we sometimes we are very weak, we certainly lack resources, we lack technical abilities. So we really need build and sustain capacities of our own networks and I think we cant do this alone. We certainly need to be working in partnership with other organizations. So that's why we need to reinforce the issues that have been raised in this declaration. And I think this really sends a strong message that people living with HIV aids in Asia pacific are committed to helping in prevention and also care and support for people living with HIV aids in the region. Thank you.
Emphasizes the importance of the Bangkok declaration and the work that APM+ has put in to form it.
access to treatment and prevention
partnership with international federation of red cross
women and young girls
Thank you Mr. Gray. I guess we now have enough of food for comments and then I would like to open the floor, welcome any questions or comments you may have. Please be kind enough to identify yourself and to tell us which person in the podium u would like to respond to your questions and comments. And don't be shy.
Question-this is my question to Dr. (name), u said that 10 years ago there was a commitment made towards people living with HIV aids but UN agencies have struggled to make that reality. How should one feel convinced that the declaration being put forward today would also not go down that same road?
commitment to PLHA
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Discusses how the Bangkok declaration is different from commitments made in the past.
Dr. Peter -good question. Firstly 10 years ago there was a Paris declaration, a summit then hosted by the prime minister of France, That really saw the birth of this declaration. And I think the environment has completely changed. 10 years ago in 1994 there was roughly lie a $150 million were spent in the developing work total to deal with aids. Using that as an indicator today we are 5-6 billion, we look at this conference. I don't remember where it was 10 years ago, I think it was Oklahoma ------. And the access for the treatment that had just come out that was Vancouver in 94, anyway around that time. That was not even a possibility, it dint even exist 10 years ago when I think of it. It was 95-96. It was not on the agenda when global leaders were meeting. I'm not saying its so wonderful today, don't miss quote me on that but it is a fundamental difference. And I think there is also a -------- Asia pacific countries, how many people with HIV have come out public about it and were organized. In Australia and even in Thailand it was very very --------. So I think there is a totally environment which should make it I'm not saying easier. But there is far more accountability today on aids than before. Because of that emerging well I think we are moving. What would u think Stuart, am I too optimistic.