- ICAAP12 is an opportunity to firmly entrench communities’ efforts to promote the game changers with respect to AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support in the Asia Pacific region that will lead to shared vision in the post 2015 agenda and end AIDS by 2030.
- To provide an international forum for communities and especially young people’s voices in the agenda setting for ending AIDS post 2015
- To promote increased responsibility and accountability for governments and the international community for ending AIDS
- To provide a platform for country-by-country analysis of innovation, science and social determinants which will lead to the end of AIDS
- The theme of Dhaka congress is ‘Be the Change Towards an AIDS Free Generation: Our Right to Health’ which highlights the global and regional needs for achieving an AIDS free generation through science, innovation and community involvement and public private partnership.
- The official co-hosts of the 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and Pacific (ICAAP) are Partners in Population and Development (PPD) and the Government of Bangladesh.
- Assisting the co-hosts with the planning for the Congress are the following Civil Society Organizations: Bandhu Social Welfare Society; STI/AIDS Network of Bangladesh; and PLHIV
- Network (Bangladesh).
- International Centre for Diarrheal Disease, Bangladesh (icddr,b)
- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU)
- Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur
- The James P Grant School of Public Health
Accepting the magnitude of the scientific and technical programme and the quality of efforts put in by the Bangladesh Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Secretariat, and appreciating the extensive works done through multi-stakeholder consultations that defined the valuable scientific, technical and community deliberations and dialogue on AIDS;
Recommending that governance and accountability are important factors to keeping the AIDS response steady and focused and the global, regional and national governance architecture should be re-visited to ensure their adequacy, competency and relevance in the face of the roadmap for Ending AIDS by 2030;
Reaffirming that prevention is the keystone for such regional or national response and that the national governments need to revamp national strategies to integrate HIV response into the Primary Health Care Services, sexual, reproductive and adolescent health care services for ensuring greater access and coverage to the key population groups;
Recognizing, Bangladesh’ community clinics model’s ability to provide services to reduce maternal mortality as an opportunity to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV as well;
Recalling the commitments made at earlier ICAAP events towards promoting health, dignity and human rights of key affected populations and the importance of putting the Communities directly involved in focus in designing and implementing the programmes with participation of health departments, local police, faith leaders, parliamentarians, judiciary, colleagues from workplace and society at large;
Accepting that co—infection/co-morbidity with Tuberculosis has been a major cause of mortality among people living with HIV and need to be addressed on scale;–
Expressing deep appreciation to the Government of Bangladesh for hosting the ICCAP 12;
We, the delegates of ICAAP12 recommit ourselves to support and strengthen the Asia – Pacific regional efforts to achieve End AIDS by 2030 goal irrespective of the current levels of HIV infection and prevalence rates and call upon the national governments, regional and global health leaderships to consider the following reformative and transformative agenda to make AIDS response in Asia and the Pacific more combative and timely to conquer the HIV epidemic in the region and decide to undertake following actions: 3 ICAAP12 – Dhaka Declaration Government of Bangladesh
- Call upon our national governments and regional HIV programme leadership to
- a. Scale up, accelerate and universalize ART coverage and improve access to treatment for those in need and expand the testing coverage. Solicit intensified national efforts towards eliminating new HIV infections among children and substantially reduce AIDS related maternal deaths.
- b. Improve treatment delivery to PLHAs and reduce inefficiencies and build improved access to available treatment for PLHAs requiring treatment, so that no one is left behind.
- c. Improve access to HIV medicines and treatment commodities for PLHAs. Ensure adequate inclusion and supply of Hep-C into essential treatment commodities list for PLHAs. Address trade issues affecting supply of generic drugs;