The Asia and Pacific region was home to an estimated 5.8 million people living with HIV in 2019. China, India and Indonesia account for almost three-quarters of the total number of people living with HIV in the region. It is increasingly clear that the Asia and Pacific region is falling behind regions in Africa in its HIV response. In 2019, 300,000 people became infected with HIV in the region. And around 160,000 people died due to an AIDS-related illness in the region in 2019. A number of countries are experiencing rises in the number of AIDS-related deaths, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines.
Since 2004, ASA Foundation has been working with UNICEF, CWS, World Vision and the St. Andrews Foundation across urban areas of Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Jakarta (Indonesia) together with rural areas of Papua and West Papua (Indonesia) to provide leadership in coordinating school and community programs designed to increase HIV/AIDS awareness, provide linkages to essential resources, conduct HIV/AIDS related education, and build sustainable relationships with local government partners on the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
ASA Foundation delivers the HIV/AIDS education through Training of Trainer (ToT) and Youth Development (YD) participatory learning workshops, digital learning platforms and inclusive Edu-Sports training activities for vulnerable male and female youth together with adult community member and teacher beneficiaries in schools and communities.
The overall goals of implementing the ASA Foundation HIV/AIDS education development projects are as follows:
- Improve the frequency and quality of HIV/AIDS education lessons in schools and communities that will have a positive impact on children’s learning outcomes and save lives.
- Improve the capacity of male and female community members, school teachers, principals and school supervisors to deliver HIV/AIDS education programs for children.
- Engage both boys and girls in organized HIV/AIDS Awareness activities, by providing a safe, open and inclusive environment in which to learn.