organized by UNDP-SEAHIV, CHASPPAR, MOH Philippines, OWWA
Philippines and ASEAN Secretariat
HIV/AIDS touches all
sectors of society. It is an issue that requires appropriate
responses at national, regional and global levels. Migrant workers
are valuable resources that stimulate economic prosperity and
contribute to the socio-economic development of Asia. Millions of
migrant workers move in and out of the countries of Brunei,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore (BIMPS) for economic
and other reasons.
Migrant workers, Non-Govemmental Organizations, United Nations
agencies and government officials responsible for migrant workers
gathered from the BIMPS cluster countries to share their existing
responses and to formulate collaborative actions for reducing
migrant workers' HIV vulnerabilities in this region and beyond.
The delegates proposed a Memorandum of Understanding and drafted a
set of collaborative responses. Only through the collective
protection of valuable human resources will the BIMPS countries be
able to mitigate the socio-economic and human impact of HIV/AIDS
within each of their own countries.
It is the hope of the UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development
Programme that the resulting draft Memorandum of Understanding and
the Joint Action Programme from the BIMPS Consultation will be
considered by the Ministries of Labour, as well as the National AIDS
Authorities of these countries in their future policy and programme
elaborations. It is also hoped that the ASEAN Task Force on AIDS
Secretariat and its dialogue partners will provide the necessary
financial and technical support to materialize the proposed Joint
Action Programme for the BIMPS sub-region.
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