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For millions of young people who use drugs from Asia and the Pacific, services that could improve their health, encourage recovery and bring about a better quality of life are often denied. Stigma, discriminatory laws and policies prevent many PWUDfrom accessing the benefits of harm reduction programmes.
Eliminating those barriers was the focus of “Access to Harm Reduction Services for Young People Who Inject Drugs in Asia and the Pacific”, a session held on 20 October as part of the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference (IHRC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Youth LEAD ran the session, which was supported by UNESCO Bangkok.
Keywords: young people, needle/syringe, NSP and OST programmes, harm reduction services
The Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM) on AIDS, UNESCO, UNAIDS and UNFPA have released an infographic on creating an enabling legal and policy environment in Asia-Pacific for young people to access HIV testing and services.
The 10 Asia-Pacific countries profiled in the infographic have taken steps to enable young people under 18 to access testing without parental consent, applying different approaches.
Such policies and laws recognize adolescents’ evolving capacities to make decisions about their own health and well-being, and are part of comprehensive legislation guaranteeing young people’s right to the highest attainable standard of health.
Keywords: HIV, Asia-Pacific, young people, testing, health service
Global initiatives are urging countries to prioritize quality as a way of reinforcing human rights-based approaches to health. Yet evidence from both high- and low-income countries shows that services for adolescents are highly fragmented, poorly coordinated and uneven in quality. Pockets of excellent practice exist, but, overall, services need significant improvement and should be brought into conformity with existing guidelines.
The new Global Strategy aims to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for all women, children and adolescents, transform the future and ensure that every newborn, mother and child not only survives, but thrives. Updated through a process of collaboration with stakeholders led by WHO, the Strategy builds on the success of the 2010 Strategy and its Every Woman Every Child movement, which helped accelerate the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals and will act as a platform to put women, children and adolescents at the heart of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Young people who sell sex may be even more vulnerable to HIV than their older counterparts for reasons including a greater number of sexual partners, less power to negotiate condom use, and greater susceptibility to violence.
This report aims to provide an overview of the key existing reports focusing on the evaluation and development of NewGen to date. It primarily provides analysis of data collected in 2014 which investigates the actions taken and the impacts resulting from the months following the NewGen training. All participants had undertaken the training at least 12 months prior to this follow-up study.
Understanding data can be complex for anyone. This handbook produced by UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office in partnership with UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO, UNAIDS, Youth LEAD and Youth Voices Count, will help simplify some of the key questions you have about HIV terms, data and statistics. It’s design for young people between the ages of 15-24 years old of age who are interested in HIV issues and have some basic math skills. Adolescent and young peer educators, young advocates and young people involved in HIV programming for young people, including those from key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure, will find it particularly useful.
This handbook is designed as a comic book to take readers through the explanations. There are four key sections (a) defining and using key terms about data; (b) reading tables and graphs; (c) producing graphs for information sharing and advocacy; and (d) questioning data. At the end of the handbook readers will find quizzes to help test their learning, as well as definitions for terms used throughout the handbook.
The aim of the program is to create enabling and empowering environment in the selected countries to enhance the engagement of young key populations in the Global Fund processes at country level, with following specific objectives: (i) To synthesize and generate strategic information in relation to HIV and young people to inform the National Strategic Plan review and Investment Cases; (ii) Ensure youth partners have the skills and knowledge to influence the country dialogue for adequately resourced HIV responses for young people; and (iii) Ensure programmes funded through the NFM targeting young people are designed and implemented in full partnership with young people to ensure programmes are effective.
Keywords: HIV, young people, prevention, treatment, response
The Asia Pacific Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations (YKP) was established in 2009 to promote coordinated support from UN agencies and civil society partners to meet the HIV prevention, treatment, care and support needs of YKPs including: young men who have sex with men, young trans-gender people, young people who inject drugs, young people living with HIV, and young people selling sex.
Keywords: HIV and AIDS, young people, drugs, adolescent, advocacy, sexual reproductive health, laws
The Guidelines aim to support countries provide more effective and comprehensive HIV services for the key populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people and include discussion of specific issues relating to adolescent key populations. Although, there is still a lack of evidence to support recommendation of PrEP to transgender women. In this brief we highlight the recommendations made in the Guidelines that are most relevant to MSM and transgender people.