9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific PDF. In Email

As it has happened in previous congresses, the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific will bring people from various backgrounds in Asia and the Pacific region to meet and share knowledge, skills, ideas, research findings related to HIV and AIDS. This is also be an opportunity for people to provide mutual support and make stronger commitments in their fight towards the epidemic.

Congress Theme
Empowering People, Strengthening Networks.

Vision
A vibrant community of empowered people, linked by strong networks that reach across Asia and the Pacific and beyond to mobilize a holistic and effective response, based on the latest best practices and scientific evidence, to the specific and cross-border challenges of the HIV pandemic faced by countries in the region today.

Goal
To promote scientific excellence and inquiry, provide a forum for meaningful dialogue, foster accountability, and encourage individual and collective action in addressing HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific and ensure the sustainability of the response.

Specific Objectives

  • To share expertise and knowledge on key issues critical to the control of HIV/AIDS in the region
  • To form significant and sustainable partnerships among stakeholders at all levels and support multi-sectoral collaboration to enable a stronger and more comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS
  • To foster dialogue on the experiences, advances, challenges faced and lessons learned in each country;
  • To showcase successes and best practices of HIV/AIDS programs across the region;
  • To advocate for greater political and societal commitment and accountability in promoting equal access to HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment for all
  • To strengthen political, community, and business leadership, adopting a consultative, collaborative and participatory approach;
  • To raise awareness of the gravity of the regional epidemic internationally and its specific social, cultural, economic and political context.
  • To accelerate the scale-up of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services and the integration of a comprehensive AIDS response into existing health systems;
  • To advance strategies to free people infected with, affected by, and vulnerable to HIV from stigmatization, marginalization and discrimination and to protect their rights;
  • To raise the visibility of cross-border issues impacting on the pandemic, taking into account economic integration and increased mobility in the region and globally
  • To enhance media involvement and promote public awareness of the continued impact of, and response to, HIV and AIDS in Asia and the Pacific
  • To create venues for public discussion of HIV/AIDS issues and exchange of relevant information and technologies.

Update on Congress Programme
The  review of abstracts, symposia, skills-building workshops, satellite meetings, cultural performances and scholarships have all been finalised in May 2009. 

There are 349 abstracts accepted for 64 sessions for oral presentations, 1932 abstracts accepted for poster presentations, 24 symposia,  32 skills-building workshops, and 75 satellite meetings scheduled to take place from 10-12 August.
All sessions are scheduled to take place at the Bali International Convention Centre (BICC), while several skills building and satellite meetings will take place at the Nusa Dua Hotel and Spa, which is next to the BICC. Detailed programme can be downloaded here!

ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Download the list of accepted abstracts for oral presentations, here!

TRACK A (20 sessions):  Behaviour and Social Change (2 sessions), Community Enviorment for HIV Prevention,  Condoms!!, Expanding Voluntar Counselling and Testing, Harm Reduction (2 sessions), HIV Behind Bars, HIV Surveillance, IDUs HIV Prevention and Outreach (2 sessions), Lessons Learned from Life Skills Education, Men-at-Risk, Prevention of Mother- to- Child Transmission of HIV, Risk Factor in HIV Infections (2 sessions), Transgender and the Risks of HIV, Treating STIs to Prevent HIV Viral Epidemiology, Youth Perspective on HIV prevention

TRACK B (18 sessions): ART Consideration; Care Support and Treatment- Universal?; Consider the Co-Infection; Counselling: Still the Mainstay; Emerging Modesl for Community Involvement; Ethico-Legal: Right from Wrong; Experiences in Clinical Science; GIPA in Action; Health System: Pillar of Stength; Highlighting Quality Improvement; Holistic Approach to Pediatric AIDS;  Mainstreaming HIV into Reproductive Health and STI; Pathogenesis Conference - Report Back; Reducing the Harm; Research: Results & More; Specific Populations - Who is Doing What?; Strengthening Community and Empowering People; and What is Missing in Care & Support.

TRACK C (16 sessions): All the World’s a Stage: Using the Arts to Educate; Children Living with HIV in Asia; Criminalisation of Injecting Drug Use Hampers HIV Prevention in Asia; Faith and AIDS: To Discriminate or to Love; Female & Frustrated: Helping Positive Women Deal with Everyday Issues;  Gender Power Dimensions of HIV/AIDS; Getting the Message Out: Talking about the Media Talking about AIDS; Making a Positive Living: Alleviating the Socio-Economic Impact of AIDS; Making Love Safe: Sexuality and Security; Men Having Sex with Men:Cultural and Social Dynamics;  Protecting Migrant Rights to Health and Dignity; Regulating the HIV & AIDS Response;  Sex Workers Rights are Human Rights; Turning Adversaries into Allies: Working with Uniformed Personnel on HIV & AIDS;  Understanding Diversity and Facing Vulnerability; Violence & Vulnerabilty: and Keeping Women Safe Before and After Infection.

TRACK D (10 sessions): Building Capacity for Effective AIDS Response; Civil Society and Partership
Empowering Women: Human Rights & AIDS: Challenging Stigma & Discrimination; Leadership for Political Change and National Response: Migrant Workers: Safe Away from Home; and PLHIV and AIDS Response; Private Sectors Involvement: Buidling up Partnerships for AIDS Response; Progressive Youth Initiative on the Region; and Strengthening by Networking.
 
SKILLS-BUILDING WORKSHOPS
10 August 2009:  8 workshops scheduled at 11.00-12.30 and 16.00-17.30
11 August 2009: 12 workshops scheduled at 11.00-12.30, 14.00-15.30, and 16.00-17.30
12 August 2009: 12 workshops scheduled 11.00-12.30, 14.00-15.30, and 16.00-17.30
Download the list of accepted proposals for skills building workshops, here!
 
ASIA PACIFIC  VILLAGE
The Asia Pacific Village will include a Community Dialogue Space,  cultural performances,  bazaar booths, youth corner, community display area,  photo exhibition, relaxation sites (massage, reflexology, hair braiding, temporary tattoo),  and movie screenings.

The Community Dialogue Space, named Wantilan,  as traditional Balinese community halls are called,  will include activities such as: Meet The Leader Session, Red Ribbon Awards  with presentations from the winners, Community Open Dialogue, and 13 cultural performances from Bangladesh, China, Fiji, Indoneisa, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Thailand, and Vietnam.
 
A NOTE ON SCHOLARSHIPS
The 9th ICAAP has awarded scholarships (full and partial)  to 485 individuals. Those who have been awarded have been notified and need to confirm their acceptance by mid-June 2009.
 
The activity schedule for  9th ICAAP Scholars are as follows
6-8 Aug   : Registration open at the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur.
9-10 Aug :  Registration open at the  BICC, Nusa Dua
9 Aug       : Scholarship Orientation (BICC; 13.00)
11 Aug     : Scholars’ Commitment Night Event (Cultural Village of Kertalangu; 19.00)
12 Aug     : Certificate and Report (BICC; 15:00)
Scholars’ Commitment Symbol (TBD)

During the Congress, there will be a Scholarship Centre located at the Singaraja Room, BICC, from 9- 13 August.

DISCLAIMER: MAJOR CONGRESS CHANGES

Whilst every attempt will be made to ensure that all features of the congress mentioned in this announcement will take place as scheduled, the Organising Committee reserves the prerogative to make last minute changes should they arise.

In the event that the 9th ICAAP cannot be held or will have to be changed due to events beyond the control of the Congress organisers (force majeure) or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence of the Congress organizers, the Congress organizers cannot be held liable by delegates for any damages, costs or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodation costs, or financial losses.

Under these circumstances, the Congress organizers reserve the right to either retain the entire hotel deposit, or to reimburse the delegate after deducting costs already incurred for the organization of the 9th ICAAP and which could not be recovered from third parties. It is therefore recommended that you take out personal insurance.

Travel insurance is not included and delegates are therefore advised to take out their own travel insurance and to extend their policy to cover personal possessions as the Congress does not cover individuals against damages, costs and losses during travel.

For more information please contact UNAIDS Viet Nam or website: www.icaap9.org