Dr Khuat T. Oanh, Chair of APCASO’s Council of Representatives, has been selected as a plenary speaker at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The daily plenary sessions feature some of the world’s most distinguished scientists, policy specialists and community leaders.

Dr Khuat’s session will be on 23 July 2014 Wednesday on “No One Left Behind: Effective Drug Policy and Harm Reduction”

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Don Baxter, trustee, was named in 2014 Australian Day honours list as a Member of the Order of Australia, General Division, on 26 January 2014.

The Order of Australia was instituted in 1975 by Queen Elizabeth II as an Australian society and system of honour for achievement , or for meritorious service.

The awards are now decided by the Australian Governor General.

There are four levels of honour, the highest being Companion, then Officer, then Member, then
Medal of the Order, with each having two divisions – the General and Military Divisions.

The “Members” list, in which Don is now included, is limited to 100 total per year. This is indeed
a wonderful award.

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  • Best Practice: Community Advocacy Initiative in Laos (CAI)

    The work of Community Advocacy Initiative (CAI) in Lao has been featured in the recently released ‘Global AIDS Response Progress Country Report, Lao PDR, 2012′, as one of five best practice examples to illustrate contributions to the national HIV response.

    CAI, a capacity building project of AFAO and APCASO (Asia Pacific Coalition of AIDS Service Organisations) was implemented in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Lao and Vietnam from 2009 – 2012.

  • Back to Basics: New COR sets Directions for CSS

    APCASO’s new Council of Representatives (COR), at its 2nd Management Meeting in April 2013, is taking the organisation back to basics. COR members want to reiterate the rationale for APCASO’s founding in 1992 as strengthening civil society or community-based organisations to respond more effectively to the HIV and AIDS pandemic today. Community system strengthening (CSS) is APCASO’s mantra that forms the basis of all it does.

  • Civil Society engaging with Investment Framework

    Civil society in Asia Pacific needs to be familiar with the Strategic Investment Framework (SIF). Civil society advocates need to advocate with their governments and key stakeholders for SIF’s adoption and implementation. They need to engage systematically and comprehensively with the possible changes; they need to seek for themselves a bigger role and enhanced influence in mobilising communities and resources, and in programme and service delivery.

  • Andrew Tan, APCASO trustee and MyPlus founder/president, was interviewed on BFM89.9, a Malaysian business radio station, on World AIDS Day 2013. He discusses his personal journey as a PLHIV, treatment access, and issues surrounding stigma and discrimination as well as the importance of community support system.

    2013 World AIDS Day podcast: APCASO trustee interview on Malaysian radio

    Moi Lee Liow of APCASO contributed to the “Community Voices” of ICAAP11 with remarks on domestic investment for HIV, punitive laws, stigma and discrimination, key affected women and girls, unfinished business of HIV and so on.

    ICASO, in partnership with the Interagency Coalition for AIDS and Development (ICAD), has launched “StepWise: The Community Guide to AIDS 2014″, an online hub for information related to AIDS 2014

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Important Dates

All Plenary Speakers announced

1 April 2014
Volunteer applications open

24 April 2014
Late breakers abstract submissions open

2 May 2014
Registration late fee deadline
Exhibition applications close

15 May 2014
Abstract submissions for late breakers close

30 June
Affiliated Independent Events applications close