Key Populations and PLHIV

APMG has undertaken significant work to improve the design, quality and reach of HIV prevention and care among MSM and transgender people, people living with HIV, sex workers and people who inject drugs. We have focussed particularly on assisting policy makers and program manages to build a strong case for interventions among these key populations. We have conducted training workshops on HIV program management among key populations in South-East Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa.

Our work with people living with HIV has included technical and organisational assistance to PLHIV organisations in Thailand, Ukraine, Central Asian Republics, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.  We assisted ECUO, the EE/CA network of PLHIV organisations, to carry out and report on a Regional Dialogue and to prepare a Regional Concept Note to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Working with MSM and transgender people, we have assisted amfAR to develop a set of operations research priorities to strengthen the design of HIV services for MSM and transgender people in South-East Asia and we have assisted UNDP to develop regional (and national) advocacy frameworks in South and Insular South-East Asia to build a stronger case for expanded services for these populations. We have also assisted in the development of city-based responses to HIV among MSM and transgender people, supervising data collection for the 6-Cities Project that scanned MSM and transgender people services in six Asian Mega-cities; recently completing a similar exercise in cities in Myanmar, and seven cities in South Asia.

Our work with people who inject drugs has included work with global organisations such as WHO, UNODC and UNAIDS on guidance documents to ensure that drug users play a prominent role in HIV prevention and treatment efforts. In most countries where APMG has worked, we have assisted design, training and capacity building for peer education (particularly connected with needle syringe programs) and peer support (especially among clients of methadone and other opioid substitution treatments); as well as prioritising specific populations such as women who inject drugs as well as children and adolescents who inject, and specific activities such as advocacy by PWID for greater funding of and focus on harm reduction.

Our work with sex workers has ranged from grassroots organising among transgender sex workers in Malaysia to organisational development of both community-based organisations and larger NGOs. We have facilitated meetings of networks of sex worker organisations, and evaluated sex worker programs. We are providing national training courses for UNFPA Asia Pacific, with courses held to date in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, China and Mongolia.

Centre for Global Development (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
National AIDS Secretariat, Mauritius (UNDP)
Asia Pacific Network of Social Workers
National AIDS Secretariat, Mauritius (UNDP)
Department of Public Health, Macedonia
QLD Intravenous AIDS Association
Temple University (DFID)
Russian Harm Reduction Network/ESVERO (GF)
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Australian International Health Institution
Cardno Emerging Markets
DFAT Australian Aid
UNICEF Asia Pacific Regional Office
Mauritius National AIDS Secretariat
Global Fund