The Network held its first Assembly in Bangkok in January 2016 adjacent to the Thai International Symposium, HIV-NAT symposium. 53 people attended the Assembly, representing 42 organisations from 16 countries. The Assembly handbook includes country and organisation summaries and these have been adapted and are housed and updated on this website under the Member Organisation and Country Summaries tabs. The report was distributed to all participants and key stakeholder. It sets out the initial plans for the Regional Network and subsequent Regional Network activities.
We aim to hold subsequent Assemblies of the Network members. The Assembly will try to include all members, on an annual basis. While smaller, disease, profession or specific focused training and professional development initiatives may be run throughout the year.
First Assembly Report
The 1st Assembly of the Regional Network in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health was held in Bangkok, Thailand from the 15th – 17th January 2016 co-hosted by ASHM, HIVNAT and the Faculty of Medicine, King Chulalongkorn University.
The Assembly was successful in facilitating links between clinical societies in the Asia & the Pacific regions with 53 delegates from 42 different organisations and societies from 16 countries (an evaluation summary can be found on page 16). Activities were designed to encourage Network member organisations and societies to explore opportunities and challenges in their various national responses to HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health. These included learning from experiences, sharing of technical knowledge, educational needs, best practice dissemination, collaboration between organisations and external advocacy.
Limitations and challenges such as limited resources and funding, inadequate government responses and a lack of political commitment and leadership were explored.
Panels and workshops identified how to strengthen organisations through a Regional Network. Workshops developed SMART$ (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound, Funding) goals in guidelines and professional standards, research, developing clinical capacity and the role of laboratory across HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health medicine.
Next steps included acknowledging the need of the Regional Network to continue and strengthen collaborative approaches. This report summarises those recommendations and provides an action plan for the Regional Network.
A detailed report of the First Assembly of the Regional Network outlines the Assembly proceedings and outcomes.