10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP): "Diverse Voices, United Actions"

The International Labour Organization (ILO) co-organized a series of events as part of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) at the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) under the theme “Diverse Voices, United Action”.


HIV Travel Restrictions – A primary Obstacle to Universal Access for Migrant Workers

Symposium, Saturday 27 August 2011, 16:50-18:00, C205

Chaired by Steve Kraus, the Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for South East Asia. The panellists for this session are officials from governments and NGOs, from countries of origin and destination with and without travel restrictions. This session will discuss the different experiences of migrant workers and the public health system with or without restrictions on the entry, stay and residence of people living with HIV. The panellists will put forward recommendations for concrete policy and actions at national and regional levels to eliminate travel restrictions for migrant workers.

New Collaborations for Action on Sex Work and HIV

Satellite meeting, Saturday, 27 August 2011, 12:00-13:30, C107

The ILO jointly organized this event exploring how the first Asia Regional Consultation on Sex Work and HIV in 2010 (Pattaya Consultation) has borne fruit at the country and regional levels while exploring ways to further collaborations on HIV and sex work in the region. The ILO developed tailored programme and policy interventions with the sex workers and their clients.

HIV and AIDS Sensitive Social Protection for Asia and the Pacific

Symposium, Sunday 28 August 2011, 10:50-12:00, C201-204

People living with HIV and their children are facing multiple challenges and barriers to access social protection in Asia and the Pacific. Social protection contributes to achieving universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support and is key to reaching zero HIV-related deaths. The event is hosted by the ILO, UNICEF, UNDP, Asian Development Bank (ADB), UNAIDS and the Asia and Pacific Network of people living with HIV/AIDS (APN+). The session will feature the Yirenping Legal AIDS Center who partners with the ILO in advocating PLHIV’s right for employment, social security and health care. The organization will present high profile discrimination cases and highlight findings from the joint research conducted by the ILO and China CDC on discrimination and stigma in employment and in health care settings.

Oral presentations

Reducing HIV Risks Among Overseas Migrant Workers from Sri Lanka (OP02720)

By Indira Hettiarachchi, ILO HIV/AIDS Focal-Point for Sri Lanka

Session entitled “Safe Wherever We Go”

Saturday, 27 August 2011, 10:50-12:00

Extending social protection to PLHIV in Indonesia: Key to scale-up quality treatment (OP02471)

By Kori Risya Ariyan, ILO Programme Office in Indonesia

Session entitled “Sustainable Financing for Antiretroviral Treatment”

Sunday, 28 August 2011, 15:00-16:10,

Protecting the employment rights of people living with HIV in Sri Lanka (OP02703)

By Indira Hettiarachchi, ILO HIV/AIDS Focal-Point for Sri Lanka

Session entitled “Sustainable Financing for Antiretroviral Treatment”

Sunday, 28 August 2011, 16:30-17:40,

On the occasion of ICAAP 2011, the ILO is also launching its new brochure entitled “Prevent HIV, Protect human rights at work: Reaching workers and key populations in Asia and the Pacific” and its companion DVD.

For more information, during ICAAP 2011 in South Korea, contact:

  • Sophy Fisher, Regional Communications Officer, ILO Bangkok, +66 2 288 2482
  • Richard Howard, ILO Regional HIV/AIDS Specialist, +66 2 288 1765
  • Afsar Syed Mohammad, Senior HIV/AIDS Technical Specialist, ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the world of work, +41 79 593 1553
  • Adam Bowers, Communications Officer, ILO Geneva, +41 22 799 6126