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Monday, August 17, 2009

Empowering people, Strengthening Network


Empowering people, Strengthening Network is the main theme of the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP9), which was held on 9th-13th August 2009 in Bali, Indonesia. The main focuses in the community forum to be discussed were Youth Forum, People living with HIV (PLHIV) Forum, Injecting Drug User (IDU) Forum, Women’s Forum, LGBT/IQ Forum, Men who have sex with men (MSM) Forum, Sex Workers’ Forum, Interfaith Forum, and Women’s Court. At the closing ceremony, the chair of ICAAP9 has reported that there were 5,547 participants (included 3,824 registered delegates, 2,234 abstracts, 138 abstract reviewers, 262 media delegates, 122 exhibitions, 218 volunteers, 291 security staff, and 589 technical staff) from 78 countries from around the Asia and the Pacific. 5 plenary sessions, 24 symposiums, and 2,334 abstracts were received and presented in the ICAAP9. Cambodia was one of the 10 top countries which most applicants were selected ranging as from Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Philippines. There were 487 participants receiving scholarship from the ICAAP9 included 130 full scholarships, 90 partial scholarships, and 267 free registrations.

The numbers of participants will be increased in the ICAAP10 which was supposed to be held in Busan, Korea, ASAP President Myung Hwan Cho, Min-Ki Kim of the 10th ICAAP Local Organizing Committee said at the media conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Busan, South Korea’s second largest city will be the next host for the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific with the main theme Different Voices-United Action. The 10th ICAAP will strive to bring together people of various backgrounds in the region to unite their action against HIV and AIDS. The website is being standby at
www.icaap10.org . Please stay tune to visit the update information of ICAAP10.

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