Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Sen Lam

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific brings you news and in-depth coverage of regional issues in Asia and the Pacific.

Join Sen Lam each morning, Monday to Friday, on Radio Australia.


Sen Lam at AIDS 2014 with guests James Chau, UNAIDS Goodwill ambassador for China

Stepping up the pace in the fight against HIV and AIDS

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:55 AEST

Despite much progress around the globe, prejudice against those living with AIDS and HIV remains a major barrier to controlling the spread of the disease.

Faith healing replacing medication for HIV in PNG

Updated 24 July 2014, 16:24 AEST

Australia's near neighbour Papua New Guinea is a deeply Christian society.

Harnessing the power of the PNG private sector for public good

Updated 24 July 2014, 16:25 AEST

PNG's biggest oil producer, Oil Search, has poured millions of dollars into health campaigns to combat HIV Aids in Papua New Guinea.

Doctor Zaw Min Oo, from the Burnet Institute Myanmar program at AIDS 2014

Breaking down barriers to better HIV education, treatment in Myanmar

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:08 AEST

A joint Australian-Myanmar team is working with police in Myanmar to educate the force about socially-marginalised groups such as men who have sex with men.

Overcoming barriers to better HIV testing in the Philippines

Updated 24 July 2014, 16:27 AEST

The number of HIV cases in the Philippines has been on a steady increase since 2007 and fears about HIV AIDS have not abated.

Nic Holas, Australian writer and activist with Delma Yeki, PNG HIV educator and advocate speaking with Asia Pacific at AIDS 2014

Positive living in the 21st century: panel

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:03 AEST

A panel discussion highlighting the experience of two people, one from Australia and the other from Papua New Guinea, about the challenges of living with HIV in the 21st century.

China AIDS rights

Positive China still facing a tough battle, despite change for the better

Updated 24 July 2014, 16:46 AEST

China may have a low prevalence of HIV in the world, but new infections are rising among students and men who have sex with men.

India's Hijras 'gifted by God'

Updated 24 July 2014, 16:31 AEST

India's transgender community is suffering high rates of HIV, and activists say the problem is compounded by ongoing discrimination and poor government regulation in a country that remains responsible for more than half of the region's AIDS-related deaths.

Tee from the Service Workers In Group Foundation at AIDS 2014

Thai transgenders looking for dignity and respect

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:53 AEST

Thai activist Tee explains that while Thailand is relatively tolerant to the transgender community, key areas of discrimination remain such as employment.

Indonesia's losing presidential candidate to challenge result, says lawyer

Updated 23 July 2014, 15:16 AEST

The head of the legal team for Indonesia's losing presidential candidate has announced the election result will be challenged in the Constitutional Court.

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo's reform agenda

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:42 AEST

Defiance, division and confusion lasted until the very end but Indonesia finally knows who will lead the nation for the next five years.

United States welcomes Indonesia's Jokowi presidency

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:50 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has congratulated Joko Widodo on winning the Indonesian presidential election.

Almost 100 MH17 bodies unaccounted for, as recovery effort steps up

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

The bodies of some of the 298 victims of downed Malaysian flight MH17 have arrived in the Ukranian government controlled city of Kharkiv.

Australia to keep pressure on, for start to MH17 probe

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is still at the United Nations in New York, working with other countries on ways to secure the site of the plane crash.

Cambodia's Opposition secures deal to break political stalemate

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

Cambodia's main opposition party has announced it will end its boycott of Parliament, a year after refusing to accept the results of an election that it said was stolen by massive fraud.

Surviving Year Zero - a personal story

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

Australia's former foreign minister Gareth Evans described it as a "harrowing, compelling and ultimately inspiring story of human survival.

Australia condemns 'grotesque violations' of MH17 crash site

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:58 AEST

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted in favour of a resolution demanding safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the site where the Malaysian airlines plane was brought down over Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines future in doubt

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:54 AEST

The destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has put the future of the airline itself in doubt.

Global survey shows decline in HIV, TB and malaria deaths

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:54 AEST

Global figures being released on Tuesday show there has been a significant reduction in the level of HIV, TB and malaria infections and deaths.

Spreading the safe sex message in conservative Bangladesh

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:56 AEST

A local NGO in Bangladesh says its programme to integrate HIV and AIDS education into school curriculums is making big strides.

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