HIV, Health and Development

The countries of the Asia Pacific region are home to serious HIV epidemics that pose special challenges to societal and human development. In global terms, the region accounts for the second highest number of world-wide AIDS-related deaths, the second highest number of new infections, and the second highest number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) (almost 5 million).more

Our Goals

UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Practice Team in Asia and the Pacific seeks to address the human development, governance, human rights, gender and trans-border challenges of HIV and AIDS in the region. We assist countries to implement HIV responses that are integrated, involve key sectors of government and civil society and promote human rights and gender equality. In doing so, we ensure that HIV and AIDS are addressed within the broader poverty reduction strategies, and support countries to respond to the key social drivers of their HIV epidemics, such as status of women, their economic empowerment, the protection of human rights and the legal environment.more

Punitive laws and rights violations

19 countries in the region actively criminalize male to male sexual behaviour and less than 20% of men who have sex with men and transgender people have access to prevention services. Photo: Jason Taylor.

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Our Stories

  • Hijras and transgender people take part in the first ever Hijra Pride event on 10 November 2014 in Dhaka to mark the one year anniversary since the Government’s decision to recognize the ‘third gender’ in official documents. Photo: BSWS.

    Engaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender people

    DHAKA – “I was so happy and excited that day. We worked so hard and for so long for this and it was finally becoming a reality,” recalled Shale Ahmed, a prominent Bangladeshi social activist and Executive Director of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS).more

  • A man on antiretroviral drugs works at a factory in India. With access to affordable medicines, people living with HIV can live longer and more productive lives. Photo: UNDP.

    New steps ease access for more affordable medicines

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs of national governments to secure access for their citizens to affordable medicines. more

Projects and Initiatives

  • Being LGBT in Asia

    ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ is a ground-breaking, first-of-its-kind joint analysis undertaken by UNDP and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) together with grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations and community leaders to understand the challenges faced by LGBT people in Asia. more