ICAAP12 concludes successfully with commitments from top political leadership

Dhaka, March 15: The 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia Pacific region has successfully concluded. The Congress was attended by 2500 delegates from 56 countries accounting for 70% of world’s population.


Alongside Scientific and Academic Tracks, huge representation from the  AIDS Community affected by AIDS which included PLHAs (People Living with HIV/AIDS);  CSWs (Commercial Sex Workers); LG BT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals and Transgender people); MSMs(Men having Sex with Men); and  IDUs( Injecting Drug Users), deliberated on the issues, rights, practices, opportunities and challenges and contributed  to strengthening AIDS response roadmap which was reflected in the Dhaka Declaration. .

HKS_3847Bangladesh is leading the battle against HIV/AIDS in the Asia Pacific region. Hon’ble Health Minister of Bangladesh in his closing speech said “Bangladesh has been a global pioneer in AIDS prevention. Bangladesh initiated AIDS awareness and support programmes in 1985 when the first HIV case was reported and the country succeeded in containing the HIV epidemic. We will protect our citizens from HIV so that we pave the way for an AIDS-free Bangladesh and remain an example for Asia Pacific region as well as the world.”

HKS_3873Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Hon’ble Finance Minister of Bangladesh said “Human life is very precious and we have to nurture it any cost Bangladesh is categorized as a low prevalence country but take AIDS response seriously because every citizen matters.” Further, Bangladesh has aligned its AIDS response programmes with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework and is confident of emerging as the first AIDS-free nation in the world.

Earlier two global actors were conferred with awards by the ICAAP12. A lifetime achievement award was conferred on Mr. Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland; and a Recognition Award to the Global Fund for Fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland for their extensive support for strengthening global AIDS response. Mr. Mouly Ieng, Senior Minister, National AIDS Authority, Kingdom of Cambodia was presented with Asia Pacific Health Leadership Award for his contribution to the strengthening the AIDS response in Cambodia. This is a very significant gesture from the ICAAP12 organizers to recognize the efforts of the key global and regional AIDS response personalities for their leadership and contribution towards strengthening the AIDS response.

The 12th congress (ICAAP12) came out with a Dhaka Declaration which is a road map for rejuvenating AIDS response. Mr. Zahid Maleque, State Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh presented  the Dhaka Declaration which was approved, adopted and ratified by the ICAAP12 delegates unanimously amidst thunderous applause.

According to Dr. Joe Thomas, Secretary General of the Congress, ICAAP12   is the second largest global forum on AIDS venturing to bridge the science and community to sharpen the AIDS response in the region.

Dr. Sunil George, Chief Rapporteur summarized the outcomes of the plenaries, 9 sub tracks and various Abstract, Oral, Symposium and Poster sessions which form the framework of the Dhaka Declaration.

Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare thanked the participants and partners for making the congress a huge success.

Eventful ICAAP12 Day 2

Sunday, March 13, 2016, Dhaka: Second day of ICAAP12 was observed with one plenary, five symposia, sixteen oral presentations, three skill building workshops and one satellite conference.

The day started with a plenary session on “Fast Tracking Service” for the key population. Then the symposia, oral presentations, workshop and satellite conferences begin.


A special high-level symposium on South-South Partnership for strengthening cross-border response to AIDS, TB and Malaria took place right after lunch.

UNICEF ROSA conducted a symposium on improving access and coverage of HIV prevention, testing and treatment services for children in South Asia in terms of achievements in innovation. USAID and WHO conducted a symposium on HIV and TB and opportunities and challenges in ending these two epidemics in Asia. Save the Children conducted a symposium on gender-focused services for women in especial vulnerable groups. World Alliance against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR) and PPD jointly organised a symposium on patient safety and HIV in the era of antimicrobial resistance and also infection control. UNICEF ROSA conducted another symposium on improving access and coverage of HIV prevention, testing and treatment services for adolescents in South Asia.

The first oral session was titled “Labour Rights and Mainstreaming the Livelihoods of the Marginalised”. Speakers from Bangladesh, Myanmar and India took part in the session. They focused on skill building programmes for female sex workers to engage in income generating activities, a centre for empowerment through learning, relationship between financial vulnerability, community collectivisation and HIV among female sex workers, seriousness of mental depression and if it is a psycho-social problem for MSM population in south India, mainstreaming sex worker rights and holistic community-based response to empower women.

The second oral session was titled “Ensuring Better Outcomes for People who Use Drugs”. Speakers from Bangladesh and HKS_3575-001Pakistan conducted this session. They focused on how important income generation activities are for continuing drug-free life after detoxification, impact of prevention, treatment and care for female drug users, about families and spouses of male injectable drug users in regional perspective, sexually transmitted infections and associated risk behaviours among females who inject drugs in regional perspective, sexual and reproductive health needs of a female injectable drug users, drug users’ access to treatment and fundamental human rights and touching reality of a person living with HIV.

The third oral session was titled “Using Communication and Media Effectively for Services”. Speakers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Pakistan attended the session. They focused on use of ICT to provide sexual and reproductive health information and counselling to most at risk population, media campaign to improve services for preventing parent-to-child transmission from regional perspective, reaching out to MSM community in Muslim majority using digital social network, social media usage for HIV prevention among MSM and transgender women from regional perspective, how sex therapy helped intervening psychosexual dysfunction of OST clients and how drug dependence paradigm has changed and inclination is given to evidence-based drug dependence treatment in Asia.

The fourth oral session was titled “Getting Smart about HIV Prevention”. Speakers from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and The Netherlands participated in the session. They focused on HIV prevalence and associated well established risk behaviour among male inmates in prison from regional perspective, ending AIDS in Bangladesh by 2030 on past gains to ensure AIDS free future, modes of HIV transmission in HIV in Dhaka city, from regional perspective how the burden of sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers and their clients in STI clinics, HIV prevalence and risk behaviour associated size estimation among key population in Punjab and on motivational intervention for young MSM in Bangladesh.

The fifth oral session was titled “Strengthening Community and Health Systems”. Speakers from India, Australia and The Philippines attended the session. They focused on transition of care and support models under National Aids Control Organisation in India, how effective the support group meetings of people living with HIV are in India, community organisation membership, entitlement and vulnerability among key populations in Southern India, improving access to social protection schemes for people living with AIDS in Indonesia, multilevel approach for prevention of HIV by sexual transmission in low income community in Mumbai and strengthening capacities of community-based organisations for sustainability of community-led HIV, SOGIE and rights-based interventions using organisational development.

The sixth oral session was titled “Health System Strengthening for Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Response”. Speakers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Vietnam attended the session. They focused on expanding access to early infant diagnosis by supporting national level scale up, HIV-ESP integration, the gap between written set of directions and implementation while counselling the PLHIV are concerned, evidence based human resource planning, important findings on how PLHIV collaboration networks in HIV prevention, care and treatment for mobile population’s health and community mobilisation for peer led outreach to lost to follow up clients back to HIV treatment.

The seventh oral session was titled “HIV-Hepatitis C and Other Complications: Where are We?”. The session was attended by participants of Bangladesh, Nepal, Timor-Leste, China and Pakistan. Speakers focused on HIV and HCV sero-prevalence among people who inject drugs in Pakistan, detection and characterisation of Hepatitis C virus among individuals attending HIV test in Dhaka, risk of HIV among people who inject drugs in a high HIV-HCV co-infection prevalence neighbourhood in Dhaka, mixed method approach for determining factors associated to late presentation to HIV/AIDS care in Southern India, behavioural survey on key risk populations of HIV and other STIs for national size estimates in Timor-Leste and first use of gene expert for TB diagnosis.

The eighth oral session was titled “Adherence, Adherence, Adherence: Does it Make a Difference?”. The session was attended by participants of India, Nepal, Indonesia, Canada and Pakistan. They focused on the effects of telephone remainders of clinic appointments on patient’s to ART, determinants to improve ART access, initiation and adherence among PLHIV in Pakistan, the use of mobile messaging application in strengthening the components in ARV distribution in India, factors that influence adherence to ART in urban population in Jakarta and establishing a NPEP project, challenges and issues regarding this.

The ninth oral session was titled “Enabling Children to Take Their Place in Life”. Speakers from Bangladesh, India and USA attended the session. They focused on effectiveness of HIV sensitive protection services for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh, roles of community based child protection to ensure service accessibility among the children of sex workers and children affected by AIDS, knowledge and perceptions of child protection among the families of children affected by AIDS and children of sex workers in Bangladesh, socio-economic burden faced by children with AIDS in Bangladesh, lack of social protection among children affected by AIDS and children of sex workers and their families, responding to psychological needs of children living with HIV through camp interventions and about incidence of depression among children living with HIV.

The tenth presentation was titled “TB Diagnosis and Treatment”. It was attended by participants of Bangladesh and India. They focused on identification of genomic markers to detect TB in patients with or without HIV co-infection, TB service for high risk group in Bangladesh’s context, cascade analysis of TB-HIV co-infection, cumulative analysis of patients starting second line ART programme, HIV testing and counselling services for the TB patients and screening and treatment linkage among people who inject drugs for HIV prevention.

The eleventh presentation was titled “HIV Response for Adolescent and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities”. It was attended by participants of Bangladesh, US, Cambodia and Pakistan. They focused on risky behaviour, age of consent, rights to sexual and reproductive health of adolescent people.

The twelfth presentation was titled “Creating Opportunities to Enable Children and Adolescents to Grow and Have a Healthy Life”. It was attended by participants of Bangladesh and Myanmar. They focused on wellbeing of children living with AIDS, their experiences, social and nutritional conditions and prospect of preventing mother to child transmission.

The thirteenth presentation was titled “Building Partnerships to Combat HIV/AIDS”. It was attended by participants of Bangladesh, India and Vietnam. They focused on local self-government institution’s involvement in downsizing HIV risk, sustainable strategic partnerships, introducing banking services for female sex workers, and South-South Partnership.

The fourteenth presentation was titled “Acceptance, Recognition and Equal Access to Services for Sexual Minorities”. It was attended by participants from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong and China. They focused on difference of vulnerability of sex worker and non-sex worker transgender community in Bangladesh, exploring sexual risk behaviour, relation of low literacy rate and unsafe sex, relation of STI, violence and depression among female sex workers and prevalence and associated factors regarding condom failure during transitional sex and making police friendly to high-risk groups.

The fifteenth presentation was titled “Ensuring Access to Services of Migrants at Source and Destination Sites”. It was attended by participants from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They focused on HIV and Bangladeshi migrant workers, mobility, alcoholism and drug use, HIV services for migrants, unsafe sexual practices by migrants and promoting an inclusive health assessment system for migrants.

The sixteenth presentation was titled “Monitoring and Evaluation in HIV/AIDS Response”. It was attended by participants from Bangladesh, India and Vietnam. They focused on a patient management software for ART receivers, Routine Data Quality Assessment programme to strengthen HIV prevention in Bangladesh, Geographic Information System (GIS) for guiding strategic decisions regarding HIV prevention, establishment of rational drug use and adverse drug reaction monitoring System at Service Delivery Points, inventory management systems regarding experience from ART program in India and geographical Prioritization in HIV Response in Bangladesh.

Three workshops took place on the second day of ICAAP12. The first one was on leadership and network development amongHKS_3647 youth and adolescent for HIV and sexual and reproductive health rights issue, conducted by UNICEF and Save the Children. The second one was on motivational interviewing and targeted intervention among young MSM population, conducted by respective community. The third one was on YourStoryTeller: a digital storytelling platform for HIV risk and vulnerability reduction, conducted by ZMQ.

Also a satellite conference on community perspectives on holding the SDGs accountable to key affected women and girls was conducted by APA, Unzip the Lip propose.

ICAAP12 Inaugurated: Bangladesh President urges Changing public Perception about AIDS

Dhaka, 12 March 2016: H.E. President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid inaugurated the 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP12) today at the International Convention City Bashundhara, Dhaka. The President said in his inaugural speech that people must be aware that AIDS is not a curse, rather it is a serious public health issue, underscoring the need for changing public perception about AIDS patients.

BD_President“Many people with AIDS are neglected by the society, it is not expected. We need to change the public perception and broaden our thought process about AIDS,” he said while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) here today.  The President called for giving more attention to find out HIV patients who are living in disguise because they seem to become serious threat to spread HIV among the public.

“It is time for the removal of discrimination, stigmatisation and ostracisation of the people living with HIV/AIDS,” he said, adding that the plight of the AIDS widows, AIDS orphans or for that matter children and spouses of people living with AIDS is very challenging.

“They are marginalised to the brims of the society. It is appalling to see that it is happening in an age which boasts of pushing the boundaries of science and technology to new levels. Inter-planetary travel seems easy, but looking inwards into our own selves is tough,” he added.

About Bangladesh, President Hamid said the country has realized the importance of community resilience as a key factor in combating HIV/AIDS epidemic very early.

“We have made significant progress in mitigating the spread of HIV but there is no place for complacency,” he said, adding, “No society can be safe till all its members follow the simple rules that are essentially knowledge-based and behaviour-driven.”

He said Bangladesh is not a high-risk country if anyone goes by the statistics. But considering the complexity of the viral transmission, Bangladesh has accorded highest priority to containing HIV transmission in the country as many of Bangladeshi young people are setting sail for overseas job around the globe every year, he said.

“Therefore, we cannot allow any Bangladeshi citizen to fall victim to the HIV virus. Not only for Bangladeshi, but also for entire humanity we do not want to leave anyone behind. Everyone should count,” Abdul Hamid added.

Health and Family Welfare Ministry, and Bangladesh and Partners in Population and Development (PPD) jointly organized the congress.

ICAAP is meant to work as the bridge between science and people. It has been playing a pivotal role in raising public awareness, building political commitment, strengthening advocacy networks and disseminating knowledge and experiences on HIV issues among stakeholders in the region since its first congress in 1990. It covers almost 70% of the world population.

Honourable Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim, Honourable State Minister Zahid Maleque, Health and Family Welfare secretary Sayed Monjurul Islam and Executive Director of PPD and Secretary-General of ICAAP Joe Thomas, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Some one thousand representatives from 56 countries are taking part in the three-day conference.


The first day of ICAAP12 (12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and Pacific) took place on 12th March, 2016, Saturday. The congress was inaugurated by HE Abdul Hamid, President of People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Later in the afternoon plenary, symposia and oral presentations begin.

After the inauguration, a plenary on creating a right environment for preventing AIDS took place at first. Following this, there were seven symposia on the first day. Sangram India conducted a symposium on reclaiming sex workers’ right. USAID conducted one on integrated ESP-HIV-ESP service delivery model its success and challenges. RAKS Thai and PPD jointly conducted a symposium on cross-border HIV services to mobile and migrant population through RTTR. IPPF, SAR arranged a symposium on male involvement and working with men and boys on SRH. Symposia on recognition of 3rd gender in Bangladesh and mandatory health test among migrant workers were conducted by respective communities. The final presentation was on Shornokishoree, an innovative approach to achieving adolescent girls’ health and empowerment, it was conducted by SKNF.

Six oral sessions took place on first day. The first oral session topic was “HIV Bio-Markers”. Speakers from Bangladesh, Canada, Nepal and India spoke about different scientific aspects of HIV infection and treatment.

The second oral session was titled, “HIV Testing: What is working?” Speakers from Bangladesh, India, China and Papua New Guinea attended this session. They focused on various forms of HIV testing, feasibility and proficiency of testing processes and focused on encouraging people of hard to reach yet high risk groups to take the test.

The third oral session was titled “Too fierce to fear: a dialogue with MSM communities”. The session was attended by speakers from Cambodia, Thailand, Mongolia, India and Myanmar. They focused on regional situations regarding MSM communities, discrimination and violent treatment against them, barriers to access health service for them and religion-based awareness programme and where MSM population fall in such programme.

The fourth oral session was titled, “Living Dignified Life with HIV”, speakers from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Sri-Lanka and UK participated in the session. He speakers focused on various issues people living with HIV deal with, also regional, religious and social attributes of preventing and managing HIV threats and treatment of people living with HIV.

Fifth session was titled, “No One Left Behind: Empowerment of Female sex workers”, speakers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia and Timor – Leste attended the session. They focused on changing socio-dynamics of sex work, regional motivation approaches for FSWs to seek support, their struggles in making choice in condom negotiation, social and sexual interplay between gay and transgender population and their partners and also about welfare alliances.

The sixth session was titled “”, the session was attended by participants from Bangladesh and India. The speakers focused on human rights for sex worker, gender based violence against female sex workers and continuous advocacy to develop an anti-discrimination law by public-private-partnership and strategies for improving services for transgender and MSM population in Bangladesh. Also, speakers addressed the issues of social support for sexual minority and positive faces of women who took brave steps in India.

600 scholarships to the delegates of Dhaka ICAAP

Unprecedented in the history if International congress on AIDS in Asia Pacific (ICAAP) the LOC of  12th ICAAP in Dhaka  is expected to offer about 600 scholarships to the delegates of the congress.  According to the ICAAP organizing secretariat this has materialised due to a generous grant from the Government of Bangladesh, the official host of 12th ICAAP.  All the successful scholarship holders are being contacted individually to arrange for their travel to Dhaka.

UNAIDS is called upon to match the commitment of the Government of Bangladesh, and to keep their own commitment to ICAAP so that greater participation of the key affected population could be ensured. For additional scholarships, applicants may directory contact the UNAIDS regional team as UNAIDS has committed significant support of ICAAP12.

This is the first time in the history regional HIV response an LDC is providing significant resources for hosting an HIV conference. Through its early interventions among vulnerable populations, the prevalence of HIV is low in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Government is committed to keep it low and to ensure to End AIDS by 2030 as part of their commitment towards Sustainable Development Goals. Bangladesh Governments regional/global leadership in ending AIDS by 2030 is widely acknowledged and appreciated.

ICAAP is a platform for coordination, collaboration, strategic discussions and action amongst all the stakeholders of HIV response in Asia Pacific region, including HIV civil society, community networks, governments, health care providers, bilateral and multilateral agencies, researchers and academic community.

To ensure the needs and realities of people living with HIV, communities vulnerable to and key affected populations, the LOC of ICAAP12 has initiated dialogue and in solidarity  with  the  networks representing Asia and Pacific communities living with and affected by HIV. This was to ensure representation of civil society and community organisations and networks in the Congress’ decision-making bodies and committees.

The special Community Forum of ICAAP12 allows for community-driven sharing of expertise and experiences as much as it does for the scientific, medical and academic communities. The 12th ICAAP dedicated tracks and spaces for community and civil society, and there are ample scope for legitimate space in mainstream programmes, spaces and key sessions, including in plenaries.

The LOC also hope, ICAAP12 is an opportunity for the regional networks to strengthen the capacity of the local Bangladeshi networks by working with them and legitimately engaging them in the regional networks through adequate representation in regional networks

The Dhaka ICAAP will ensure a rights-based, gender-transformative, and community centred approach to all aspects of the Congress’s planning, preparations and conduct.

As per the rescheduled program, ICAAP12 is to be hosted by the Government of Bangladesh in Dhaka, 12-14th March 2016, at the sprawling International Convention City, Basundhara (ICCB).

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Government of Bangladesh reiterated its firm commitment to hold ICAAP12 from 12 to 14 March 2016 in Dhaka


The 21st Executive Committee meeting of ICAAP12 was held on 24th January 2016 at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which was presided over by Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam, ICAAP12 Chair and Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh. The principal objective of the meeting was to review the progress and discuss the precise roadmap towards successful organization of the ICAAP12 from 12 to 14 March 2016, as already announced by the Government.

Dr. Joe Thomas, ICAAP12 Secretary-General presented an update highlighting the key progress of the preparatory activities and proposed actions during the intervening period till holding of the event. The meeting decided to hold ICAAP12 at the International Convention City Basundhara (ICCB) following a presentation illustrating available facilities and layout plan for holding various sessions of the Congress by Chief Executive of ICCB.

The Executive Committee Members including the community representatives strongly committed to work closely to make ICAAP12 a grand success. The Chair of ICAAP12 and Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reiterated the unwavering commitment of the Government of Bangladesh to extend all necessary support towards the successful organization of ICAA12 as the Host of the event. The Chair added that the rescheduled ICAAP12 will hold all the scientific, technical and community events as originally planned.

The Representatives of the Ministries of the Home and Foreign Affairs also assured their fullest supports including issuance of visas to the participants at their respective countries and on arrival in Dhaka.

The International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) is the largest forum on  HIV and AIDS held in the Asia and the Pacific Region. ICAAP plays a critical role in raising public awareness, building political commitment, strengthening advocacy networks and disseminating knowledge and experiences on HIV issues among stakeholders in the region. Bangladesh is leading in ending AIDS by 2030 in this region and hope that through this congress Bangladesh will come up with strong political commitment for combatting HIV. The theme of the 12th Congress is: Be the Change for an AIDS Free Generation, Our right to health.

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ICAAP12 Update!

12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP12) will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 12-14 March 2016.

ICAAP12 will be an opportunity for leaders in Asia and the Pacific from a broad range of constituencies – key affected population, community groups, government, academia and the private sector – to discuss, define and share innovative ideas about HIV and AIDS which can best be situated in the post-2015 development agenda. The focus of our efforts will remain on leaving no one behind, and fast-tracking the response to end AIDS by 2030.

An updated template of invitation letter will be uploaded on the ICAAP12 website soon, which can be used for visa applications. Additionally, we are looking forward to announcing ICAAP12’s detailed program and speakers shortly.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is striving to provide about 400 scholarships for participants of ICAAP12.

We are aware of the postponement has created difficulties. We acknowledge that and sincerely thank you for being with us.

We look forward to welcoming you in Dhaka in March 2016. For any enquiries related to ICAAP12, please contact the Secretariat at coordinator@icaap2015.org.

Warm regards,
ICAAP12 Secretariat

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Arab-Asia Business Investment Summit

ICAAP12 Secretariat, September 16, 2015

The 2015 Arab-Asia Business Investment Summit will be held in Dkaha, 20-22 November, at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), during ICAAP12 as an affiliated event of ICAAP12. The Summit, a vitally important international event, will attract the attention of government officials, ministers and other high-level decision makers from the region, all of whom will have the opportunity to participate in ICAAP12 sessions and meetings. This year is of particular importance, as the 2015 Summit is dedicated to investment opportunities in the healthcare sector and will ultimately discuss financial investments and support of HIV/AIDS prevention, education and patient care, which uniquely match with ICAAP12 theme.

Under the patronage of Her Excellency, Sheikh Hasina, the Honorable Prime Minister of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the summit is designed as a lively exchange of ideas and networks, elaborating on the theme – Investing in Affordable Healthcare. This annual business event support the growing Arab-Asian entrepreneurial ecosystem via cross border partnerships, bringing together technology providers, investors, enterprises, entrepreneurs and innovators, and industry leaders and government officials of both regions to discuss bilateral business potential and explore opportunities for collaboration. Indeed, the Summit presents a unique opportunity for delegates to network with ICAAP12 participants and session leaders and share information, knowledge and experiences.

ICAAP12 Secretariat met Minister of Information

ICAAP12 Secretariat, September 9, 2015

ICAAP12 secretariat team led by Tim Zahid Hossain, Coordinator ICAAP12 met Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, honorable Minister for Information, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh and briefed him about the progress on preparation for ICAAP2015 to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh during 20-23 November 2015. Honarable minister has assured every support from his ministry in making the event a success. From the meeting minister has given written instructions to his senior officials to extend their support in the following areas:

  1. ​Live telecast of the inaugural and closing ceremonies of the congress,
  2. Weekly 30 minutes free air time
  3. Coverage of Press conferences
  4. News coverage by TV and radio
  5. TV scroll – ICAAP 12 Special news and breaking news.

The meeting took place at the office of one of the largest private TV channels in Bangladesh ‘Channel I” ​

ICAAP12 Program selection- ‘Marathon’ Meeting

ICAAP12 Secretariat, August 16, 2015

Ending AIDS is possible by 2030 and Bangladesh is to provide leadership.


The world is embarking on a Fast-Track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.  To reach this visionary goal after three decades of the most serious epidemic in living memory, countries will need to use the powerful tools available, hold one another accountable for results and make sure that no one is left behind.


As you are aware, the 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP12) will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 20 to 23 November 2015, the congress is expected to provide a platform for sharing of knowledge between counties as we address this epidemic. Bangladesh is leading in ending AIDS by 2030 in this region and hope that through this congress Bangladesh will come up with strong political commitment for combatting HIV.


The theme of the congress is: Be the Change for an AIDS Free Generation, Our right to health. This Congress will bring together over 3500 delegates from the region and beyond will be hosted by the Bangladesh Government with Co-host being Partners in Population and Development (PPD), an intergovernmental entity. The Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of Bangladesh is expected to inaugurate this august Congress that will attract around 400 speakers and- about 150 sessions- who will contribute to various sessions during the three days of ICAAP12.


It is our pleasure to inform you that, as part of the congress preparation a  Program selection ‘Marathon meeting’ will be held during 17-18 of August 2015 at BRAC CDM in Khagan, Ashulia, Savar. The aim of the meeting is to finalise the scientific programme of ICAAP12 with the help of the International Advisory Committee (IAC), Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Executive Committee, Track members, and other experts in the field.  We are expecting 100 participants including 25 International experts to attend the marathon meeting. The meeting will be inaugurated by the Honourable State Minister, MoHFW Mr. Zahid Maleque, MP . Honourable Secretary of MoHFW Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam will also be present in the meeting.


This meeting will also finalize the scopes of best utilization of expected valuable 26 Ministers from south-south governments on health and other related sectors from different regions are going to attend the Congress and participate in the Inter-ministerial conference on Every Woman, Every Child and Every Adolescent that will culminate in the Dhaka Declaration capturing political commitment and guidance for further acceleration of regional efforts on HIV and AIDS towards ending AIDS by 2030. The congress will also check all opportunities of best use of ‘Arab-Asia Business Summit’ to strengthen the health sector.


The highlighting point is, Bangladesh is considering the congress as an opportunity to demonstrate the low prevalence of HIV of the country to showcase across the wider international community. It could also be mentioned that the congress will open the avenue for creating political platform to combat HIV and ‘Dhaka Declaration’ will be unfolded as a sign of  political commitment.


Secretariat of ICAAP12: A full-fledged congress secretariat is working for organizing the congress with the technical and financial support of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) at PPD Headquarter in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Executive Director of PPD who is also the Secretary General of ICAAP12 is continuously oversee the progress and preparation of the congress.



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ICAAP12 welcomes 18th ICASA

ICAAP12 Secretariat, July 6, 2015

The secretariat of the 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (CAAP12) is immensely delighted to know that the Ministry of Health and Child Care of the Government of Zimbabwe has signed an agreement with the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) to host the 18th International Congress on AIDS in Africa (ICASA) in November 2015.

ICAAP12 Secretariat and Partners in Population and Development (PPD) the co-host of ICAAP12 would like to congratulate H.E. Dr. David Parirenyatwa, the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Government of Zimbabwe for his visionary leadership for hosting such an important prestigious congress in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is a founding member of PPD and  H. E. Dr. David Parirenyatwa is a Member of  PPD Board and PPD  secretariat would like to extend all the necessary technical support and cooperation to the organizing body of ICASA.

Partners in population and Development (PPD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and under the patronage of the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh is hosting the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP12) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 20 to 23 November 2015 in concurrence with the PPD international Inter-Ministerial Conference and annual governance events. As Zimbabwe is the PPD member country, Secretariat expects that the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Health and Child Care of the Government of Zimbabwe will attend PPD’s inert-ministerial conference as well as in ICAAP12.

Submission of abstract portal is already open and will receive abstracts until 20th of July (please visit the http://www.icaap2015.org/abstract-scholarship/abstract-tracks/ for detail). Updates of preparations are available on the facebook page of ICAAP12 (https://www.facebook.com/icaap12).  ​

Media contact: Masuma Billah/ICAAP12 Secretariat, e-mail: masuma@ppdsec.org