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.

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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.

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