Current Members of the Regional Network
Timor Leste Medical Association (AMTL)
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.
Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)
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
The Oceania Society for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine (OSSHHM)
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
Ikatan Dokter Indonesia (IDI)
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
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
Vietnam Clinical HIV/AIDS Society (VCHAS)
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
Papua New Guinea Sexual Health Society (PNG SHS)
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.
AIDS Society of the Philippines. Inc (ASP)
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
YRGCARE Medical Centre
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(firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Chief Medical Officer of YRGCARE Medical Centre and the Chief and Site Leader of the CART Clinical Research Site.
Sri Lanka College of Venereologists
(College for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine in Sri Lanka)
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. Go to: http://www.slcven.org/
Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore
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 (http://www.ischemo.org/) and the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (http://www.apscmi.org/benefits.php).
The National University Hospital Multidisciplinary Infectious Diseases Program, Singapore (NUH MID Program)
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.
The Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH)
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 heath 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.
We are a growing and vibrant Society made up of nurses, medical doctors, midwives, and ancillary workers – all dedicated to improve our knowledge and skills to serve our communities through clinical practice and research.
We 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.
National STD/AIDS Control Programme
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.
Malaysian Society for HIV Medicine
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.
Action for AIDS (AfA)
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.
1 To stop HIV transmission
2 To eliminate AIDS-related deaths
3 To overcome HIV-related stigma & discrimination
Preventing HIV Infection
Our educational programmes target affected populations. We spearhead education and empowerment of affected communities.
Encouraging HIV Testing and Counselling
We run the largest anonymous VCT site in Singapore. It also provides linkage-to-care programmes through financial incentives and operates a mobile testing service.
Care and Support
Financial assistance increase access to HIV medications and keeps thousands of HIV positive persons alive.
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.