Consultation on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Reduce HIV Vulnerability Associated with Population Movement, 11-13 July 2012

Consultation on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Reduce HIV Vulnerability Associated with Population Movement, 11-13 July 2012

During the 4th GMS Summit in Myanmar in 2011, the six countries in the GMS endorsed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Joint Action to Reduce HIV Vulnerability Related to Population Movement, accompanied by a draft Joint Action Program (JAP) to guide the MoU’s implementation.

In order to fine-tune this draft JAP and formulate concrete national, bilateral and subregional activities to address mobility-related HIV vulnerabilities, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre jointly convened a Consultation on the Memorandum of Understanding to Reduce HIV Vulnerability Associated with Population Movement on 11-13 July in Bangkok. Participants included government representatives the six GMS countries, CSO’s, donors and JUNIMA members WHO, UNAIDS, ILO, IOM and Raks Thai.

Discussions during the three day meeting focused on MOU’s 3 main collaboration areas: 1) promoting an enabling environment; 2) promoting community-based strategies that reduce HIV vulnerability; and 3) promoting access to HIV and AIDS treatment throughout the continuum of the migration cycle.

Participants identified the following priority needs: a) improved understand continuum of treatment and care across borders, including treatment compatibilities across borders; b) increased joint implementation prevention and care programmes at source and destination by community and civil society groups; c) greater advocacy for migrants’ inclusion in universal coverage schemes as the region moves toward one ASEAN community by 2015.

The outcomes of this meeting will help define the MoU’s Joint Action Plan, to be presented at the 11th Meeting of GMS Working Group on Human Resource Development convened by ADB in September 2012, with the overall aim to finding financial resources for its implementation with the donors participating at the September meeting.

Report of the Consultation on Consultation on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Reduce HIV Vulnerability Associated with Population Movement

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