The SKPA Program would not be possible without the assistance of our four regional partners. Each organisation works to advocate for a specific key population, and their contribution helps to keep the program cohesive across the 8 countries.
Founded in 2007, APCOM are a coalition of members – governments, UN partners, non-profits and community based organisations – from Asia and the Pacific. APCOM represent a diverse range of interests working together to advocate on, highlight and prioritise HIV issues that affect the lives of men who have sex with men (MSM)* and transgender people, including rights, health and well-being.
APCOMs goals are:
Improve male sexual health through increased investment, coverage and quality of sexual health services for our communities:
Advocate for sexual health services
Advocate for an enabling environment
Gather, generate & share strategic information
Build a cadre of advocates at all levels
By influencing governments and opinion leaders, we are generating positive, enduring change.
“ 'Men who have sex with men (MSM)' is an inclusive public health term used to define the sexual behaviours of males having sex with other males, regardless of gender identity, motivation for engaging in sex or identification with any or no particular ‘community’. The words ‘man’ and ‘sex’ are interpreted differently in diverse cultures and societies as well as by the individuals involved. As a result, the term MSM covers a large variety of settings and contexts in which male to male sex takes place.”
The Asia and Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) was launched in 2009, when a group of transgender women from various Asia and Pacific countries came together to champion the health, legal and social rights of trans women. In 2011, a trans man drew attention to the need to advocate for trans men and joined the APTN Board. Over the years, APTN has worked to build relationships with trans communities, organizations, governments, healthcare providers and other key stakeholders throughout the region. APTN’s reports and publications have helped guide social policy reform and human rights advances for trans people in many countries including China, Pakistan, and Nepal. Today, APTN is a leader in advocating for the rights of trans and gender diverse people throughout Asia and the Pacific.
APN+ was founded in 1994 at a meeting of 42 PLHIV from eight countries in the region working in solidarity with our diverse and extensive PLHIV member networks across the Asia Pacific region.
As regional representative body, APN+ leads the regional PLHIV response in collaboration with our member networks. APN+ and member networks continue to rise in reputation, ability and responsibility. We are recognized leaders in our communities, bringing local level issues to the centre of discussions, ensuring a positive perspective is heard when advocating for PLHIV in our region. When partnering with communities and grassroots organizations, APN+ supports member networks to become the leading authority and representative of PLHIV in their own countries.
Everything we do links back to this purpose, from our network strengthening initiative, which aims to build PLHIV capacity to lead and influence national HIV planning, monitor treatment access and treatment adherence, to our initiatives on sexual reproductive health rights for positive women and advocacy around better treatment options for HIV-HCV co-infection.
Globally, HIV remains one of the leading causes of death for adolescents. Young people in general face disadvantages surrounding restrictive laws based on age, and in particular young key populations (YKPs) face a great amount of social stigma, discrimination, and violence that exacerbates the issue of accessing proper health care services for the prevention and treatment of HIV.
Youth LEAD is a regional network in the Asia and Pacific region advocating for YKPs and adolescent key populations (AKPs) at higher risk of HIV exposure. Youth LEAD is uniquely placed within the HIV response as we work with local grassroots organisations through engagement with focal points, and work with UN agencies and larger International organisations to facilitate programming, funding, and initiatives. This engagement with local grassroots organisations allows Youth LEAD to target these hard to reach populations. Currently, Youth LEAD works with more than 50 focal points in more than 20 different countries in the Asia and Pacific region.