APN+ was founded in 1994 at a meeting of 42 PLHIV from eight countries in the region. Today, 20 years on, APN+ celebrates 20 years of working in solidarity with our diverse and extensive PLHIV member networks across the Asia Pacific region.
As regional representative body, APN+ leads the regional PLHIV response in collaboration with our member networks. APN+ and member networks continue to rise in reputation, ability and responsibility. We are recognized leaders in our communities, bringing local level issues to the centre of discussions, ensuring a positive perspective is heard when advocating for PLHIV in our region. When partnering with communities and grassroots organizations, APN+ supports member networks to become the leading authority and representative of PLHIV in their own countries.
In late 2017, APN+ finalized and launched our new strategic plan POSITIVE Change, providing us with clarity about our roles and our priorities for the next 4 years.
Under this strategic plan, our highest purpose remains quality of life and access to fully funded, affordable and comprehensive treatment, care and support for PLHIV. Everything we do links back to this purpose, from our network strengthening initiative, which aims to build PLHIV capacity to lead and influence national HIV planning, monitor treatment access and treatment adherence, to our initiatives on sexual reproductive health rights for positive women and advocacy around better treatment options for HIV-HCV co-infection.
Our partner are National PLHIV networks in Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippine, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor Leste.