APN+ has been appointed as host organization for the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board NGO Delegation’s Communications and Consultation Facility (CF).
The Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+) was established in 1994 as a collective voice for all HIV positive people in the Asia Pacific region. As a peer led organization, all country representatives to our Board are positive leaders. APN+ is committed to non-discrimination and gender equity and continues to work to encourage and support the active participation of women in its networks, as well as positive people from key communities such as people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, transgendered people, sex workers and mobile and migrant people. The APN+ Secretariat is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the past twenty years APN+ has grown in strength and numbers. Its current membership includes thirty country networks spread across the entire Asia and Pacific region who work together to improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV.
APN+ has a broad and diverse range of programs under current implementation. These include:
- A multi-country Global Fund program focussed on strengthening treatment access for people living with HIV via a regional treatment monitoring database and related advocacy.
- A multi-country capacity development program for PLHIV networks and organizations, including PLHIV from key affected communities and women
- The Women at APN+ (WAPN) working group and project.
- A regional program focussed on strengthening community access to treatments for Hepatitis
- WLHIV sexual and reproductive health and rights project
- Work with young PLHIV
APN+ conducts and supports community advocacy at the regional and global levels on a range of issues relevant to the rights of PLHIV and communities more broadly. It continues to play a critical and significant role in community mobilization and advocacy around the impact of TRIPS and free trade agreements on access to affordable quality treatments.
APN+ has been motivated to take on responsibility for hosting the NGO Delegation’s CF as part of its strong commitment to the engagement of community and civil society at all levels of the response to HIV and AIDS.
APN+ has engaged two staff to support the work of the Delegation and manage the CF, David Traynor and Suksma Ratri.
David has worked across the international development, global health and HIV sectors for over a decade. He has worked as a research academic and lecturer in global health and development, research methods and political and social theory. Other roles have included working as technical advisor on HIV community responses for international development organizations and management of HIV related policy, advocacy and organizational capacity strengthening initiatives for community and civil society networks across 19 different contexts. David is a member of the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund. David has lived with HIV since 1997 and remains a committed activist for the rights of the positive community and other communities whose rights impacted by HIV and AIDS.
Suksma Ratri is the founder of INSPIRASI INDONESIA, a community-based organization providing assistance and education to survivors of rape and other gender-based violence, including people living with HIV and people who use drugs. She has extensive experience working for NGOs and foundations in Asia, and her work has encompassed a broad range of fields including HIV, migration, sexual and reproductive health rights, drug use, human rights, travel restrictions and sex work. Ratri previously worked for CARAM Asia in Malaysia, and is a former Core Group member of WAPN+ (Women of the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS). She has also been on the Management Committee of the Seven Sisters Coalition and is currently a Regional Steering Committee Member of the International Community of Women Living with HIV Asia Pacific. In 2008, Ratri was selected to speak at the opening plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV to represent people living with HIV in the Asia Pacific region.