Brunei AIDS council attends ICAAP11

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BANGKOK, THAILAND

FOUR Bruneian youths are in Bangkok, Thailand to attend the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia-Pacific.

The conference is the largest of its kind in the region, where 4,000 delegates from more than 80 countries are now joining the congress.

Themed ‘Asia-Pacific Reaching Triple Zero: Investing in Innovation’, the event reflects the region’s ongoing commitment to achieving zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

The conference started yesterday until November 22.

Representing the Sultanate are Iswandy Ahmad, Ak Muhd Al-Muttaqibillah Pg Hj Hasan, Siti Najihah Kamilah Latif, Siti Kailene Jazlan Kashfi, who are members of the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (BDAC).

Iswandy, president of the council, is one of the facilitators at the session on Skills Building Workshop: Building Capacity of Leadership, Advocacy and communication for Young Key Affected Population using New Gen Asia Leadership Tool.

The workshop aimed to develop the skills of young people on public speaking, leadership and using of data and evidence for advocacy. He is also a Technical Working Group member of Youth LEAD — an international organisation comprising youth leaders that address issues of affected youth in HIV and AIDS.

Meanwhile the other three, scholarship recipents from the organiser, are attending breakout sessions concerning youth and community, while sharing some of the nation’s best practices in addressing HIV and AIDS in the country such as peer education, empowerment and outreach to youth.

Prior to the conference, the Bruneian delegation also submitted e-posters that display HIV/AIDS activities and programmes in Brunei.

As part of the plan next year, BDAC and Youth LEAD will host the NewGen Asia Leadership Training for Young Affected Population in Brunei.

Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council has been involved in raising awareness on HIV/AIDS & other related issues in the country especially among youths.

The congress is currently held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok. Among the speakers to address and discuss the progress and challenges in the ongoing HIV/AIDS response include Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of Fiji; Steve Kraus, Director of UNAIDS regional support team for Asia and the Pacific; and Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia.

The congress serves as a platform for members from various communities to share their voices and experiences of working in the community.

The Brunei Times