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Greater Mekong Region

The USAID | Health Policy Initiative in the Greater Mekong Region and China (HPI/GMR-C) (Oct. 2007–Sept. 2010) aims to improve the enabling environment for HIV prevention, care, and treatment in the region. The HPI/GMR-C regional program is very targeted and focused on increasing political support for an increased and sustainable response to men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV in the region. In order to achieve this, the project works directly with the relevant regional networks including Purple Sky Network (PSN), Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM), and APN+, and partners with UNDP on key activities. HPI/GMR-C is, along with Family Health International and the East-West Center, on the regional management board of the Analysis and Advocacy (A2) Project. 

Previously, under Task Order 1 (TO1) (June 2006–April 2008), the project provided technical assistance to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to improve regional and national HIV responses. Support focused on building capacity of in-country officials to better manage procurement and forecasting of antiretroviral drugs; assessing the policy environment for scaling up HIV prevention, care, and treatment for injecting drug users; and identifying sustainable health financing options for HIV programs, among others. HPI-TO1 also strengthened the capacity of PLHIV networks, including Igat Hope in Papua New Guinea and the Women of the Asia Pacific Network of PLHIV (WAPN+). In addition, the project worked with other international and in-country partners to design and implement the A2 Project in the region.


Strengthening MSM as Policy Champions. In partnership with the Lao Centre for HIV/AIDS and STIs (CHAS), HPI/GMR-C in partnership with the Burnet Institute is advocating the Lao Ministry of Information and Culture (MOIC) to allow free advertising in mass media for information on HIV and MSM, expanding mainstream access to sexual health and HIV prevention information.

Two workshops have been conducted in support of this effort. The first workshop (Nov. 2008) was an introductory HIV and MSM sensitization workshop with CHAS and MOIC staff—the first of its kind to be conducted within the MOIC. The second workshop (Feb. 2009) was a two-day training on HIV and MSM issues for journalists, held in Vientiane where 25 people participated.

Mapping of HIV Programs for MSM (Mekong and China). The project supports the development of a computer database to manage information on HIV programs for MSM and organizational capacity-building needs for local NGOs in the region. The system is named PRISM—Purple Sky Network Regional Information System on MSM. This initiative grew from the 2008 MSM programming mapping conducted by HPI/GMR-C. Information will be used by MSM community advocates to strengthen national and regional HIV-related MSM advocacy.

New Tools to Improve Resource Allocation to MSM HIV Prevention Programs. The project, in partnership with the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health and UNDP, is developing an advocacy report reviewing the current level of HIV expenditure, resource needs, and resource availability on HIV prevention programming for MSM in the Asia region. The study focuses on Burma, Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guangxi provinces), Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam. In conjunction with this study, a tool is being developed allowing users to localize the data inputs and generate graphs showing resource needs over time and by subgroup and resource gaps.

Last Updated 1/17/10