Fighting a Rising Tide: The Response to AIDS in East Asia

Tadashi Yamamoto and Satoko Itoh, eds.

Twelve chapters were commissioned to experts around the 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.

This report was produced in conjunction with JCIE’s Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) initiative and was also published in Japanese and Chinese.



1. Overview
Tadashi Yamamoto, Director, Friends of the Global Fund Japan; President, Japan Center for International Exchange
2. Australia
William Bowtell, Senior Research Associate, Lowy Institute for International Policy
3. Cambodia
Sisowath Doung Chanto, Assistant Dean and Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations, Pannasastra University
4. China
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
5. Indonesia
Nafsiah Mboi, Senior Advisor, Indonesian National AIDS Commission
Karen Houston Smith, Deputy Director, Family Health International Indonesia
6. Japan
Satoko Itoh, Chief Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange
7. Republic of Korea
Shin Surin, Chief of the AIDS Program, Korean Alliance to Defeat AIDS
8. Lao PDR
Chanthone Khamsibounheuang, Deputy Director, Center for HIV/AIDS and STI; National Project Director, Lao PDR HIV/AIDS Trust Project
9. Malaysia
Rozaidah Talib, Member, Parliament of Malaysia
10. The Philippines
Eugenio M. Caccam, Jr., independent consultant; former Associate Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress(PBSP)
11. Taiwan
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
12. Thailand
Wiput Phoolcharoen, freelance researcher; Former Director, Health System Research Institute
13. Vietnam
Pham Sanh Chau, Deputy Director General, Institution for International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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ISBN 4-88907-077-X 294 pages; paper