WHO WE ARE
The Asia Pacific Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations (IATT on YKPs) was established in 2009 to promote coordinated support from UN agencies and civil society partners to meet the HIV prevention, treatment, care and support needs of young key populations, including young men who have sex with men, young transgender people, young people who use drugs, young people living with HIV, young sex workers and young people living with HIV. The IATT on YKPs works towards achieving 4 main outcomes:
Young people from key populations in the Asia-Pacific region are engaged and capacitated to contribute to national HIV responses to improve their health, well-being and to realize their sexual and reproductive health rights.
Strategic information is generated, synthesized and used to support regional level advocacy targeting governments and civil society to promote scale-up of comprehensive evidence-informed interventions for YKPs.
Scale-up evidence-informed, national programmes for YKPs through advocacy interventions with government, policy-makers and other stakeholders.
Increased advocacy for an enabling and coherent environment for YKPs.
WHAT WE DO
The IATT on YKPs implements capacity building trainings for YKP-led organizations to enable them to meaningfully contribute to national and regional HIV responses, influence policies and programmes and advocate for the improvement of YKP health and well-being. The IATT on YKPs has also been focusing on the capacity development of civil society organisations and UN agencies, working to support YKPs in the areas of research, policy, programming and service provision, enhancing mutual learning and facilitating networking.
The IATT on YKPs also supports members and constituencies in the design of programmes for adolescents and young key populations, resource mobilisation and advocacy. The IATT on YKPs also promotes and supports initiatives for diversification of the package of HIV related services, including PrEP and self-testing for YKPs, and new models of service delivery, including the use of virtual space, to meet the specific needs of YKPs. Finally, the need for data and evidence-informed advocacy has motivated the IATT on YKPs to generate strategic information to support advocacy at the regional and country level.
OUR JOINT RESPONSE TO COVID-19
The IATT on YKPs has created an ad-hoc Working Group (WG) on COVID-19 whose aim is to facilitate and guide the IATT's response on COVID-19, including enhancing collaboration and synergy of work among UN agencies and YKP networks at country and regional level. Among other activities, the WG has developed a regional survey to assess the needs and ability of young key populations in accessing information, treatment, care and support services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing upon the results of the survey, the WG is guiding YKP-led organizations to develop local strategies to meet the needs of young key populations, to ensure their continued access to HIV and other essentail services, including mental health, and to address the socio-economic concerns.