The high level of concern that HIV/AIDS has generated in the Asia Pacific has not been matched by a comparable level of access to the sources of information that drive decision-making. Appropriate responses to the epidemic require accurate and up-to-date policy information. Considerable information exists in reports and unpublished case studies, yet much of this information is difficult to access.
In order to address these inadequacies, a consortium of individuals and institutions came together in 2004 to develop an interactive web-based database of current HIV/AIDS policies and policy analyses for the Asia Pacific region. The database incorporates a regularly updated compendium of government documents and evaluations, NGO and IGO reports and documents and policy analyses related to HIV/AIDS policies.
In April 2007 hivpolicy.org hosted international experts in the field of HIV/AIDS and security in the three day workshop HIV/AIDS and Fragile States in Australia's Proximate Region, see A Research Agenda for HIV/AIDS and State Fragility in the Asia Pacific.
In addition to maintaining the database, the hivpolicy.org team is currently undertaking a project called the NGO HIV Policy Toolkit which aims to scale up civil society responses to HIV/AIDS in the Pacific.
hivpolicy.org is managed by Dr Michael O'Keefe with the assistance of Molly Anggo and is run out of the Politics Program at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
The database is regularly updated and any contributions, in the form of feedback about the database itself or actual policy documents, would be most welcome.
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Supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Myer Foundation.