The Regional Network, formed in 2008 through mutual interests and agreements between the founding members, represents 45 national professional societies, associations and organisations across Asia and the Pacific regions that support HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health care work force development and providers. The Regional Network supports the skills and needs of professionals, in order to provide state-of-the-art advice to national HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health bodies and best practice care to people affected by, and living with, HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections across Asia and the Pacific regions.
The Regional Network serves to facilitate and support 'south-south' capacity development between its members with the goal of supporting 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.
They are committed to the principles of inclusion, gender, disability and human rights contexts. Regional Network members actively seek collaborative projects, which allow the strengthening of capacity and professional development of relevant health care providers experiencing similar challenges and contexts.
It welcomes membership enquiries from other professional societies representing HIV and related health care workers in Asia and the Pacific, as well as enquiries from medical associations and individuals interested in establishing such societies within their countries.
Regional Network member organisations are engaged in the care and management of a range of illnesses and conditions associated with HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health in Asia and the Pacific regions. These include tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, sexually transmissible infections, malaria, neurological conditions and injecting drug practices.
For example, in 2013-14, HIV health care workers from four Pacific countries spent time in Papua New Guinea (PNG) , learning and up-skilling HIV care strategies with their PNG colleagues.
The Regional Network seeks to engage with other organisations working in Asia and the Pacific regions in support of national and regional HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health programs and the long-term sustainability of related programs. Those organisations include UNAIDS, WHO, GFATM, ASAP, bilateral aid and development projects and, donors from both government and non-government sectors.
Current membership consists of 45 national HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health professional societies, related organisations and individuals of sixteen countries across Asia and the Pacific regions.
Those societies are: Associação Dos Médicos Timor-Leste (AMTL), Ikatan Dokter Indonesia (IDI), Angsamerah Institution (Indonesia), Oceania Society for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine (OSSHM based in Fiji and representing 16 countries and territories), Papua New Guinea Sexual Health Society (PNGSHS), AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP), Vietnam Clinical HIV/AIDS Society (VCHAS), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (Myanmar), Center for Liver Health (Hong Kong), AsiaHep (Hong Kong), HIV Medical Association of India (HIVMAI), Indian Society of Gastroenterology, AAAMH Health Care (Indonesia), Eijkman Institute (Indonesia), Perhimpunan Dokter Peduli AIDS Indonesia (PDPAI) - Indonesia Association of Physicians in AIDS care, PPHI - Indonesian Association for the Study of the Liver, Japanese Society for AIDS Research, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), Mahosot Hospital - Ministry of Health (Laos), Malaysian Academy of Medicine, Malaysian Liver Foundation, Malaysian Society for HIV Medicine (MASHM), Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CEIRA) University of Malaya, International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections - Asia - Pacific Region, Papua New Guinea Sexual Health Society, Pacific Society for Reproductive Health, National University Health System Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Singapore), Communicable Disease Centre (Singapore), National Skin Centre Singapore Department of STI Control (DSC) Clinic, Communicable Disease Centre (Singapore), HIV Programme - National University of Singapore, Mt Elizabeth Hospital (Singapore), Society for Infectious Diseases (Sinagpore), Action for AIDS (Singapore), College of Venereologists (Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, Sri Lanka), Taiwan AIDS Society, The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre (TRCARC), Thai AIDS Society (TAS), Dr KH Wong (Hong Kong), Prof DS Chen (Taiwan), Dr Nick Paton (Singapore), Dr Graham Neilsen (Australia) and Australasian Society for HIV, Viral hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM).
The Regional Network seeks funding to conduct an annual one-two day workshop and general meeting of Executive Officers and selected Board members.
Executive Officers also use regional conferences and workshops which they are attending, including the annual Australasian HIV and AIDS Conference and the biannual ICAAP Congress, to conduct these meetings.
ASHM currently facilitates the Network's coordination, due to funding support and ASHM Board support.
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The 1st Assembly of the Regional Network was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 15 – 17 January, 2016. The Assembly was back-to-back with the 18th Bangkok International Symposium on HIV Medicine from 13 – 15 January, 2016. Learn more about the Assembly at its website
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AfA is a NGO and charity comprising health care professionals, advocates and community representatives. It has a staff of approximately 10 persons, and is funded from government grants and donations from private individuals and businesses. AfA run the largest anonymous VCT site in Singapore. It also provides linkage-to-care programmes through financial incentives and operates a mobile testing service.
AfA is recognised internationally for its dedication to AIDS education, care and advocacy. In 2010 AfA won the Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health awarded by the World Health Organization in recognition for outstanding contributions in HIV/AIDS education, care and advocacy.
AIDS Society of the Philippines, Inc. (ASP) is established in 1996. It is a membership-based organisation envisaged as 'the Philippines' leading movement of professionals and advocates committed to reducing the impacts of HIV and AIDS'. ASP provides technical expertise and facilitates information exchange among stakeholders and communities.
Since 1997, the ASP has conducted the biennial Philippine National Convention on AIDS, the only national convention where various stakeholders meet on HIV and AIDS. In the same year, ASP served as the Conference Secretariat for the 4th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (4th ICAAP. ASP is a member of the Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare (PNGOC), Asian Business Coalition on AIDS, and AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (ASAP). It has also been a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and is now the newest member of the Asia and Pacific Regional Professional Societies Network (ASPRN). For more information about ASP go to www.aidsphil.org
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 Indonesia Medical Associations, 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, et al). For more information about Angsamerah Institution, go to www.angsamerah.com
ASHM's international program focuses on establishing collaborative partnerships with other regional HIV and sexual health professional societies. Through these partnerships. ASHM aims to support and develop 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. For more information about ASHM go to www.ashm.org.au
IDI is the national medical accrediting body of Indonesia based in Jakarta. IDI works to strengthen the capacity of health care workers and their organisations to actively participate in developing and maintaining effective systems for HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care. The IDI HIV Secretariat is a member of the National AIDS Commission, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Country Coordinating Mechanism. For more information about IDI go to www.idionline.org
The Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology (IIDE) is a leader in managing and preventing infectious diseases. Leading through clinical excellence, compassionate care, innovative research and inspiring education, IIDE enables sharing of resources and expertise, and facilitates the broadening of clinical services and academic activities. Aiming to become the international leader in its field, IIDE collaborates with global partners, and is positioned as the precursor for the 330-bedded National Centre for Infectious Disease slated to open in the year 2018.
The Malaysian Society for HIV Medicine was established in 1996 to provide a group identity for Health Care Providers caring for People living with HIV/AIDS in Malaysia. Its membership includes doctors and paramedics from varied fields who are involved in treatment and research of HIV/AIDS. It’s involved in organising the National AIDS Conference (NAC) which happens every two years. In addition, it has various educational activities to increase awareness among health care workers and public regarding HIV. The society also regularly updates the national HIV treatment guidelines. www.mashm.net
The National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka is the key agency responsible for the national response to HIV/AIDS in Sri Lanka. The headquarters of the NSACP is situated at 29, De Saram Place Colombo 10, Sri Lanka and it networks with over 30 STD and ART clinics situated all districts of the country. Main objectives of NSACP are the prevention of transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including HIV and provision of care and support for those infected and affected. NSACP is the sole provider of antiretroviral treatment and HIV care in Sri Lanka. It also provides comprehensive care for STIs including laboratory services and plays a major role in training of medical and other healthcare workers in HIV and STIs in Sri Lanka. www.aidscontrol.gov.lk
The NUH MID Program, also known as the NUH HIV Program, was established in 2010. The Program utilises the skills and expertise of a multidisciplinary team to provide holistic and specialised clinical care for HIV in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The program also educates healthcare workers, both within and outside of NUH, in providing inclusive and best practice care to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA). Additionally, the program conducts clinical, behavioural and operational research that aims to advance knowledge of HIV/AIDS and its impact on Asia. The Program works in partnership with all key HIV programs and organisations in Singapore to ensure comprehensive care, education and research is achieved. www.nuh.com.sg/umc/about-us/about-us/division-of-infectious-diseases.html
OSSHHM, based in Fiji, is a peak professional body representing the interests of health care workers working in the area of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and sexual health care in the smaller Pacific island countries and territories. OSSHHM works to improve access to training in STI/HIV management for public and private sector health care workers while improving the quality of services at local level for key affected populations. For more information about OSSHHM go to www.osshhm.org
PNG SHS was established in 2006 and is the lead organisation representing health care workers in sexual health and HIV across PNG. The Society aims to assist health care workers by delivering training programs and opportunities to build capacity. The Society works closely with the PNG National Department of Health and also provides training and support to non-government health organisations. The Society also supports the dissemination of research to wider audiences through its annual meeting held alongside the PNG Annual Medical Symposium.
The Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH) is a Charitable Trust registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission since 2008. The Society was conceived in Suva Fiji in 1993 with the aim of bringing together nurses, midwives, doctors and all those who work in reproductive health to learn and network. An inaugural conference was launched soon after in Vanuatu in 1995. Since then, the Society has hosted educational workshops and conferences in most centres in the Pacific with the assistance of funding partners – with the aim of supporting and empowering reproductive health workers in the Pacific to improve standards of care. PSRH are a growing and vibrant Society made up of nurses, medical doctors, midwives, and ancillary workers – all dedicated to improving our knowledge and skills to serve our communities through clinical practice and research. PSRH have a small secretariat in Auckland NZ, where we coordinate our educational programmes and services in the Pacific. We are supported by the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, United Nations Fund for Development, NZ Aid, AusAID (now DFAT), our membership and the public, that has enabled us to deliver on our aims and objectives.
The Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore) was founded in 1990 to promote the practice, education, training and prevention of infectious diseases in Singapore. Our members comprise infectious disease, microbiology and preventive medicine doctors, and infectious disease nurses, pharmacists and researchers, and students in these disciplines. Our missions are: to advance the knowledge and practice of infectious diseases and its related fields; to promote research in these fields and to organise regular scientific discussions, meetings, symposia, seminars, and workshops on subjects related to infectious diseases. We also aim to collaborate with similar societies or the pharmaceutical industry to enhance the study and research in infectious diseases. We are affiliated with International Society of Chemotherapy – www.ischemo.org and the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection – www.apscmi.org
Sri Lanka College of Venereologists is the academic and authoritative professional body in the field of sexual health and HIV medicine in the country. It was established in 1995 for professional and scientific development of the speciality of Venereology. The college is a recognised body in the Ministry of Health and Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Members of the college serve in the Ministry of Health and private sector in Sri Lanka as well as other countries such as UK and Australia. Members manage the Board of Study in Venereology of the PGIM, which trains doctors for the Postgraduate Diploma in Venereology and the Doctor of Medicine in Venereology.
AMTL is a peak professional body representing health care professionals and those providing support for reproductive health programs, care and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, HIV and related conditions. The Timor Leste Medical Association works to develop the capacity of its members and of the sector to provide best practice care and treatment to people living with sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS. It is also committed to supporting HIV prevention for people at risk of HIV infection.
VCHAS is among the first professional medical organisations founded in Vietnam. VCHAS's goals are to improve the capacity of physicians and health care workers on HIV/AIDS treatment, creating a national forum in which members can share experiences and keep up to date with the latest advances in HIV/AIDS care and treatment to improve the standard of care for people living with HIV. VCHAS also focuses on networking and sharing experiences with other countries and international organisations. For more information about VCHAS go to www.vchas.org
YRGCARE Medical Centre is a non-profit medical and research institution in Chennai which provides medical care for more than 20,000 persons with HIV disease. Currently over 12,000 persons receive highly active antiretroviral therapy at YRGCARE Medical Centre.
Chennai Antiviral Research and Treatment (CART) Clinical Research Site of YRG CARE Medical Centre conducts several clinical, epidemiological, psychosocial and biomedical research studies in collaboration with a number of National Institutes of Health from various countries. CART Clinical Research Site of YRGCARE Medical Centre is one of the clinical research site for Therapeutics Clinical Trials of ACTG/NIH, Prevention Trials of HPTN/NIH and START study of INSIGHT/NIH.
YRGCARE Medical Centre has an Infectious Diseases laboratory which is quality assured by CAP, UKNEQAS, NR, VQA, WHO, NIH and accredited by NABL.YRGCARE Medical Centre has contributed more than 275 original scientific manuscripts and has assisted to develop Treatment Guidelines for resource limited settings. Dr. N. Kumarasamy is the Chief Medical Officer of YRGCARE Medical Centre and the Chief and Site Leader of the CART Clinical Research Site. www.cartonline.yrgcare.in