The Greater Mekong Sub-region Unites to Reduce HIV Vulnerability of Migrants

The Consultation for the 2013-2014 Implementation of the Joint Action Plan (JAP) in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) was held from 28-29 August 2013 in Bangkok. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Joint United Nations Initiative on Migration, Health and HIV in Asia (JUNIMA) co-organized the consultation, which reviewed the progress made on the activities under the JAP and provided the opportunity to develop additional cross-border activities and strategic partnerships to reduce HIV vulnerability of migrants and mobile populations.

The two-day Consultation was attended by government representatives from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam (People’s Republic of China was unable to attend), country-level and regional CSOs, representatives from regional and international donors and bilateral aid agencies, along with representatives from ASEAN, JUNIMA, and ADB. Delegates brought to the Consultation extensive experience working in the management and/or implementation of programs and projects on HIV, cross-border activities, and migrant and mobile populations throughout the GMS region.

The outputs from the Consultation include: (i) detailed and specific activities for cross-border collaboration on access to HIV treatment, care and support services between the six GMS countries, timeline, responsible actors and sources of funding; (ii) funding commitments from governments; (iii) indicative country action plans with specific cross-border activities; (iv) a list of country focal persons and country action teams; and (v) a list of immediate next steps.

The first activity to be implemented, based on outputs from the Consultation, will be a bilateral meeting between Myanmar and Thailand on access to HIV treatment, care and support services for cross-border migrants. This will be held from 4-5 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.