Migrants have been identified as populations made vulnerable in the National AIDS Strategies of all six countries in the Mekong region. Creating the necessary environment to reduce the risks of HIV transmission and increase the reach and effectiveness of treatment programmes relies on governments ensuring that migrants and their families have the means to look after their wellbeing in order to maintain healthy and productive lives. Regional collaboration is crucial in this regard to promote inclusive health policies and guarantee comprehensive coverage.
“Health Access for Migrants from the Mekong Neighbourhood: With or Without Borders?” is a new briefing paper on HIV/AIDS and migration in the GMS. This paper has been prepared by MMN for the International Conference for AIDS in the Asia Pacific (ICAAP) which will be held from 18-22 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
This paper provides an overview of the current challenges in the region regarding migrants and HIV/AIDS, including statistics, information on pilot projects and other initiatives, access to health and social services and recommendations based on feedback from MMN members.
This paper is available to be downloaded here.
Hard copies of the paper will be available at the MMN Booth during ICAAP, at C52 in the Asia-Pacific Village. For more information on ICAAP, please see http://icaap11.org/.