Category Archives: MMN Activities
MMN attended the 11th International Conference on HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand from 18 to 22 November 2013. Over 3,000 participants attended ICAAP, and as a part of series of networking events, MMN on 21 November organised a participatory activity entitled “Migrant Health Snakes and Ladders”, through which participants were to experience what enables or prevents migrants to/from accessing health care. 35 people participated in the activity including migrant workers, migrant advocates, civil society representatives, researchers and other delegates to ICAAP.
Through playing the game, participants discussed various barriers for migrants to access health care. Ways to overcome these obstacles were discussed after the game and included mobilizing in the workplace to negotiate better working conditions, forming networks to provide translation services and peer support, and ensuring that all migrant workers have health insurance and access to affordable treatment.
ICAAP concluded on 22 November 2013.
The ICAAP Migrant Networking Zone is a community space for meeting and exchanging experience on migration and HIV. This Zone has more activities tomorrow including Migrant Health Snakes and Ladders from 10:30 to 12:00. Will you succeed in looking after your health or will the health system fail you? Come and play snakes and ladders to find out more about the obstacles to staying healthy and ways migrant workers can improve their health.
MMN is attending the 11th International Conference on HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific from 18 to 22 November in Bangkok. After two days of the Community Forum on 18 and 19 November, community representatives submitted a statement to UNAIDS expressing their frustration with the continued barriers to eliminating AIDS-related discrimination, infections and deaths.
The formal part of the Conference opened on the evening of 19 November with a parade through the streets of Bangkok.
MMN has a booth in the Asia-Pacific Village designed to raise some questions about migration and belonging, called No Human is an Alien. Come and find out who is the alien with our photo wall!
ICAAP continues until Friday 22 November with information booths, the Asia-Pacific Village marketplace, interactive sessions in the networking zones, and many other fun activities! We hope to meet you here!
Migrants have been identified as populations made vulnerable in the National AIDS Strategies of all six countries in the Mekong region. Creating the necessary environment to reduce the risks of HIV transmission and increase the reach and effectiveness of treatment programmes relies on governments ensuring that migrants and their families have the means to look after their wellbeing in order to maintain healthy and productive lives. Regional collaboration is crucial in this regard to promote inclusive health policies and guarantee comprehensive coverage.
“Health Access for Migrants from the Mekong Neighbourhood: With or Without Borders?” is a new briefing paper on HIV/AIDS and migration in the GMS. This paper has been prepared by MMN for the International Conference for AIDS in the Asia Pacific (ICAAP) which will be held from 18-22 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
This paper provides an overview of the current challenges in the region regarding migrants and HIV/AIDS, including statistics, information on pilot projects and other initiatives, access to health and social services and recommendations based on feedback from MMN members.
This paper is available to be downloaded here.
Hard copies of the paper will be available at the MMN Booth during ICAAP, at C52 in the Asia-Pacific Village. For more information on ICAAP, please see http://icaap11.org/.
New MMN Report: “No Choice in the Matter: Migrants’ experiences of arrest, detention and deportation”
“No Choice in the Matter: Migrants’ experiences of arrest, detention and deportation” is a new report by MMN which provides an in-depth and systematic analysis of arrest, detention and deportation as experienced on the ground by migrants.
An initial version of this report was published in June 2013, which was used to initiate a policy dialogue with the Immigration Bureau in Thailand to discuss the list of recommendations. Details of this policy dialogue are published in this updated version of the report.
The English language version of the report is available here.
This report is also available in Thai.
If you would like to obtain a hard copy please contact the MMN Secretariat via email at email@example.com.