Occasional Papers

Health Equity Matters (formerly AFAO) designs and disseminates information and analysis on HIV and key populations in the Asia-Pacific region through Occasional Papers. The papers build on Health Equity Matters’ Consensus Statement on Australia’s International Leadership Role on HIV, jointly endorsed by Australian HIV organisations working internationally.

AFAO’s 2022 Consensus Statement can be viewed here.
AFAO’s 2019 Consensus Statement can be viewed here.

2022 Occasional Papers

Implementing the 2021 UN Political Declaration on HIV in Australia

The United Nations’ (UN) 2021 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030 is a bold and ambitious declaration. Australia exceeds many of the commitments and expectations outlined in the declaration, but concrete actions need to be taken to continue the momentum towards achieving our national goals.

2021 Occasional Papers

Actions on HIV and Health Security are Mutually Reinforcing: A Call for Better Integration

Health security is on the minds of many in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only those who work in public health. This paper argues for a broad and integrated approach to global health security.

2020 Occasional Papers

Communities First: Toward a Sustainable HIV Response in ASIA and the Pacific

There has been strong progress towards achieving HIV targets in several countries in the region, but the epidemic is outpacing the response in others.

The Last Mile First: Safeguarding Communities During HIV and COVID-19

Concerns are mounting about the effects of COVID-19, and of responses to the pandemic, on the provision of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, care and support for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people and prisoners, including those living with HIV.