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The Response to AIDS in East Asia (2004–2006)

Twelve chapters were commissioned to experts around Asia Pacific to examine how government, civil society, corporations, and media are responding to the rising tide of HIV/AIDS infection that is afflicting the region. These chapters portray a surprising diversity of experiences. Countries such as Australia had early, concentrated epidemics. Others, like China, are experiencing rapidly growing epidemics. Thailand has seen high but declining prevalence rates, while Vietnam is seeing exponential growth in rates among specific populations, particularly intravenous drug users. Meanwhile, Japan and others still have low prevalence rates, but need to remain vigilant and active if they are to avoid an epidemic.

The varied responses by each society to the rising threat offer critical and practical lessons. Equally important is the increasing recognition that many problems contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS are cross-border issues that must be addressed collaboratively. This volume provides detailed analyses by experts in the field who offer insight into the efforts occurring in their own societies to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. The case studies were presented at a major conference in Tokyo in February 2007 and were published in English, Japanese, and Chinese.

The publications were followed by a major conference in Beijing in 2006, which focused on how to increase regional cooperation on this issue.


Fighting a Rising Tide: The Response to AIDS in East Asia
ed. Tadashi Yamamoto and Satoko Itoh


Tadashi Yamamoto, Director, Friends of the Global Fund Japan; President, Japan Center for International Exchange

William Bowtell, Senior Research Associate, Lowy Institute for International Policy

Sisowath Doung Chanto, Assistant Dean and Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations, Pannasastra University

Wu Zunyou, Director, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Sheena Sullivan, Health Researcher, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Nafsiah Mboi, Senior Advisor, Indonesian National AIDS Commission
Karen Houston Smith, Deputy Director, Family Health International Indonesia

Satoko Itoh, Chief Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange

Republic of Korea
Shin Surin, Chief of the AIDS Program, Korean Alliance to Defeat AIDS

Chanthone Khamsibounheuang, Deputy Director, Center for HIV/AIDS and STI; National Project Director, Lao PDR HIV/AIDS Trust Project

Rozaidah Talib, Member, Parliament of Malaysia

The Philippines
Eugenio M. Caccam, Jr. , independent consultant; former Associate Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress(PBSP)

Steve Hsu-Sung Kuo, Director, Taiwan Center for Disease Control
Tsai Su-Fen, Former Director, AIDS and STDs Division, Taiwan Center for Disease Control Huang
Huang Yen-Fang, Deputy Director, First Branch Office, Taiwan Center for Disease Control

Wiput Phoolcharoen, freelance researcher; Former Director, Health System Research Institute

Pham Sanh Chau, Deputy Director General, Institution for International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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