ASHM's international program aligns with the priority countries in Asia and the Pacific identified by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). In this way, ASHM International is able to collaborate with DFAT programs and other donors and agencies who are also working to support national and regional HIV responses.
ASHM's primary partners are other professional societies supporting HIV and related capacity development amongst their members and the health workforce in general.
Through these partnerships, ASHM supports and develops the sharing of knowledge, skills and capacities of professional health care workers to provide best practice care and support to people living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS.
The program also supports the secretariats and administrative operations of these societies and the ways in which they can provide technical expertise to their national HIV programs.
We welcome enquiries regarding new collaborations with partners in Asia and the Pacific.
The Regional Network is a network of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health professional associations across Asia and the Pacific.
The Regional Network serves to facilitate and support 'south-south' capacity development between its members.
The goal of the Regional Network is to support local professional societies to engage in and contribute to policy development, health workforce education and community engagement in their own countries.
The member societies meet on an annual basis, share information and resources, participate in regional meetings, and work together to promote education, training, mentorships, and clinical placements.
Membership of the Regional Network is open to interested parties and support is available to professionals wishing to establish societies to join the Regional Network.
ASHM's primary partner in Indonesia has been the Indonesian Medical Association (Ikatan Dokter Indonesia - IDI). IDI established the HIV Secretariat in 2003, with support from ASHM and the AusAID Indonesia HIV program.
IDI is the national medical accrediting body, based in the capital Jakarta.
The HIV Secretariat collaborates with sector partners including the Indonesian Association for the Study of the Liver (Perhimpunan Peneliti Hati Indonesia - PPHI), the Indonesian Association of Physician on AIDS Care (Perhimpunan Dokter Peduli Aids Indonesia - PDPAI), the HIV Cooperation Program Indonesia (HCPI) and Angsamerah Institution to conduct, accredit and participate in health workforce training programs in HIV treatment and management, including courses on co-infection with hepatitis and tuberculosis, AIDS related neurological conditions and other local issues. It continues to be on the expert panel to assist the Ministry of Health in the development and ongoing review of national HIV treatment guidelines.
ASHM provided support to the Secretariat through collaborative planning and delivery of training programs, systems management, including monitoring and evaluation of activities, office equipment and sponsorships to national and regional meetings.
The IDI HIV Secretariat is a member of the National AIDS Commission and the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Country Coordinating Mechanism.
ASHM entered into an agreement of partnership and collaboration with the Angsamerah Institution in late 2012. Angsamerah Institution is a private organisation established in 2007 which provides training on reproductive and sexual health, including HIV and other sexually transmitted infections to health care professionals in Indonesia. Angsamerah manages a range of public health projects, funded by international and regional institutions such as USAID, SUM II, UNFPA, and ASHM. It also works closely with the Indonesian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
Angsamerah conducts two general health care clinics in central and south Jakarta. Both clinics provide comprehensive primary health care specialising in sexual health, HIV and addiction medicine. These clinics are equipped with laboratory and a simple pharmacy, providing essential and antiretroviral drugs. The laboratory provides rapid test results for sexually transmitted infections (HIV, CD4 count, Syphilis, Microscopic Genital Discharge, Sperm Analysis, etc.).
Between January 2013 - September 2015, ASHM collaborated with Angsamerah Institution in order to enhance ASHM's contribution to its partners and members in Indonesia, particularly the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI).
ASHM and Angsamerah Institution partnered on the recruitment, hosting, management and support of the ASHM Indonesia Project Coordinator, since establishing this position.
The ASHM Indonesia Project Coordinator was responsible for coordinating and facilitating all collaborations between ASHM and its Indonesian partners, with the support and guidance of the Angsamerah team.
This partnership and collaboration between ASHM and Angsamerah has been highly productive and beneficial to all of ASHM's activities in Indonesia. Significantly, after many endeavours between ASHM and other agencies, Angsamerah successfully developed and delivered the first HIV training program aimed specifically at health professionals and general practitioners in private practice in Indonesia in 2014. That program was evaluated and there are plans to roll-out this program in future.
HCPI is the Australian Indonesia bilateral HIV program. ASHM has been a partner in the implementation of this program. This partnership facilitated beneficial collaboration between ASHM and the HCPI program to expand national HIV sector inputs and audiences for IDI's HIV related projects and their capacity to contribute to the national HIV response.
ASHM's primary partner in Timor Leste is the Timor Leste Medical Association (Associaciao dos Medicos Timor-Leste)) and the AMTL HIV Doctors' Working Group.
The AMTL HIV Working Group , with ASHM support and participation, conducted a national training program for health care professionals in HIV and sexual health.
It is supporting the expansion of the HIV Doctors' Working Group through education and training, professional support and membership promotion. The program included a two-day workshop in HIV and related conditions and follow-up clinical mentoring.
In Timor-Leste, ASHM has also been the contracting agency for the 2014 National Population Size Estimation of female sex workers (FSW), men who have sex with men (MSM) and people who use/inject drugs (PWUD/PWID). ASHM has implemented this project in collaboration with UNSW and UNFPA Timor-Leste.
In Papua New Guinea, ASHM's primary partner is the PNG Sexual Health Society (PNG SHS). Established in 2006, the PNG SHS is a member organisation of the PNG Medical Association.
In 2008 a secretariat was appointed with support from the AusAID Sanapwantaim Project.
The PNG SHS, with ASHM participation, conducts short courses in HIV treatment and management for clinicians and other healthcare professionals in PNG. The society also hosts a one-day HIV clinical update as part of the annual PNG Medical Symposium.
ASHM and the PNG SHS collaborate on the development of work plans that will identify activities which support the national HIV strategy and National Department of Health.
The CHPNG is a philanthropic initiative of private companies in the pharmaceutical industry, based in Australia, which suppors HIV health care services in the PNG national Catholic health system. The Catholic health system provides services to a large proportion of the PNG population and is a key player in the national response to HIV and AIDS.
As part of this program ASHM conducts a clinical mentoring program across a wide range of locations and targeted workshops to clinics and health services in the Southern Highlands, Enga, Chimbu and West New Britain provinces.
ASHM was a partner in the Caritas Australia PNG Sexual Health Improvement Program (PASHIP) 2008-2013. PASHIP was aligned to the National Department of Health's (NDOH) STI Program. In the End of Program Review of the Papua New Guinea - Australia Sexual Health Improvement Program (PASHIP) Final report, it was noted that:
PASHIP has resulted in increased access to and use of STI management services…improvements to STI clinical management have resulted in thousands of people and their sexual partners receiving…treatment for symptomatic STIs in settings where this was previously unlikely
ASHM continues to provide a Caritas funded program in support of PASHIP achievements. The ASHM Caritas project is focused on the continued development of sexual health services in the Southern Highlands, Chimbu and Port Moresby provinces of PNG, as part of the national Catholic health system. The PASHIP program includes intensive clinical care workshops and a supporting clinical mentoring program.
ASHM's primary partner in the Pacific region is OSSHHM. ASHM and OSSHHM signed a memorandum of understanding in early 2008.
The OSSHHM Secretariat is based in Fiji and the executive Board and membership is spread out over a number of countries and territories. Consequently, OSSHHM is unique in that it seeks to engage in a number of national as well as regional HIV programs.
In 2016, ASHM worked with the University of New South Wales on a new joint study by UNDP, UNICEF which covers nine Pacific countries, including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The study, titled Pacific Multi-Country Mapping and Behavioural Study: HIV and STI Risk Vulnerability among Key Populations, examined the behaviour risk factors and social and structural determinants of risk that drive the epidemic among vulnerable groups, such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and seafarers.
The published finding indicate an urgent need for reforms in Pacific island countries to adequately address HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among vulnerable populations.
For enquiries about ASHM involvement in this study, please contact Michelle O'Connor
Download these findings via the UNDP website: www.pacific.undp.org/content/pacific/en/home/library/DG/pacific-multicountry-mapping-behavioural-study-key-findings.html
In the Philippines, ASHM's primary partner is the AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP). The AIDS Society of the Philippines was established in 1996 and is an association of individuals from the government, non-government agencies, and private sector, addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemics in the Philippines.
ASP membership is composed of experts and professionals from diverse fields, such as health and development, infectious diseases, public health, business, and multi-media and communications. ASP members come from both the Philippines Medical Association and Philippines Hospital Association.
ASP is represented on all major HIV and AIDS related agencies in the Philippines, including:
Philippines national HIV strategy development
ASP works in partnership with the Philippines Department of Health. The national Department of Health is the principal recipient of funding from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in the Philippines.
The Vietnam Clinical HIV/AIDS Society (VCHAS) was established with ASHM support in 2012. ASHM and VCHAS signed a memorandum of understanding in the same year. This is the first time that Vietnam has a national body, formally endorsed and capable of delivering professional development in HIV treatment, care and support to the health care workforce.
VCHAS works in partnership with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Commission and other agencies including the Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN), CDC, Family Health International (FHI) and Clinton Health Access Initiative, to implement and inform the national HIV strategy.
VCHAS has produced and distributed a Vietnamese language edition of Is it HIV? throughout VCHAS regional branches and membership to support early and effective HIV diagnoses and clinical support. VCHAS also conducts an annual national conference on HIV and related conditions in Vietnam.
ASHM provided support to the Secretariat of VCHAS through collaborative planning and delivery of training programs, systems management, including monitoring and evaluation of activities, and sponsorships to national and regional meetings.