All of the incredible things we have achieved as GNP+ in 2020 have been possible through the support and solidarity of our partners. And while the pandemic impacted us too, it has not stopped us. If anything, it has reignited our determination to fight injustice, as we continue to be inspired by the work of our communities.

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HLM Advocacy Brief now available – Keeping governments and stakeholders accountable for the outcomes of the HLM

The HLM process may have come to an end and the Political Declaration adopted, but for many of us, the work has just begun! Just as the Multi-Stakeholder Taskforce, the Love Alliance welcomes the critical commitments on transformative and measurable targets on programmes that are needed to end AIDS, specifically the 10-10-10 targets on societal enablers, calling for member states to end all inequalities faced by key populations by 2025. The Political Declaration however does not include wording on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual reproductive health and rights, comprehensive sexuality education, decriminalisation and repealing punitive laws.

It is incredibly important that we keep governments and stakeholders accountable and take corrective action if they fall short of their commitments. Civil Society has a crucial role to play in this process. To support them, the Multi-Stakeholder Task Force has developed an Advocacy Brief, in which the whole process is explained, as well as the outcomes, and what can be done now as a follow-up. We must begin to develop and align advocacy strategies in our countries and communities, in order to make a difference and end AIDS by 2030. Onwards!

On behalf of the Love Alliance, seven organizations representing community organisations working with Aidsfonds and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), and endorsed by the Communities Delegation, we submit the below priorities ahead of the Extraordinary Board Meeting on the Strategic Framework for the Global Fund’s Strategic Framework for 2023-2028. We build our comments on the paper that the Love Alliance submitted with the Communities delegation ahead of the 15th Strategy Committee in March 2021 called Mission Critical.

This guide was created to support civil society to engage and contribute more effectively during the 2021 High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS (HLM). Unlike other HLM processes the majority, if not all, of the HLM activities, will be virtual. This means that it is especially important for advocates to find solutions to build their capacity, strengthen their networks and engage in advocacy virtually. This guide includes some important engagement opportunities and places to start on this journey.

The 2021 high-level meeting will be the springboard for a decade of action to reduce inequalities and root out the social determinants that fuel the HIV epidemic.

Source: UNAIDS

Young, Wild, & Free is a Y+ Global programme bringing together networks of young people living with HIV to share best practices of engagement, support, and resilience of young key populations. Young, Wild, & Free highlighted three innovative youth networks doing amazing work in the HIV response – Teenergizer (Ukraine), Inti Muda (Indonesia), and Y+ Global – who then have been working with 8 grassroots networks (Positive Young Women Voices (Kenya), Y+ Kenya (Kenya), Positive Women’s network (South Africa), Y+ South Africa, Inti Muda (Indonesia), Gtown (Vietnam), Lighthouse (Vietnam), Teenergizer (Ukraine)) to implement one of their best practices. This guidebook was created so you too could learn their tricks and implement your own in your country!

A Guideline for the Involvement of People Living with HIV in the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Country Coordination Mechanism.

A survey by GNP+, ICW and Y+ Global found that networks of people living with HIV are using innovative ways to ensure their peers and their communities continue to have access to the critical services that they need. This report showcases their achievements.

59 networks of people living with HIV and community organisations from 37 countries took part in the survey throughout April and May 2020 and shared the challenges they are facing and the strategies they have put in place to support their communities.

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) 2019 Annual Report. The annual report captures the performance and achievements of GNP+ and our partnership in 2019.

This report highlights the key factors that facilitate retention in care for women living with HIV and calls for increased focus on rights and dignity in care. The report presents the findings of community-led research related to the viewpoints and experiences of women who were initiated on antiretroviral treatment during pregnancy or breastfeeding and explores their perspectives on factors that have enabled them to successfully adhere to their treatment and retain in care.

The research for this report was coordinated jointly by GNP+ and the International Community of Women living with HIV (ICW) in partnership with ICW Eastern Africa and ICW Malawi and the Network of Zambian People living with HIV/AIDS (NZP+). This research, carried out by and for women living with HIV was conducted in three countries, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia, all of which are early implementers of the lifelong ARV treatment program (Option B+). Focus group discussions were held with women living with HIV who utilized services along with key informant interviews with healthcare workers, government representatives, international NGOs and community groups.

The aim of this research project is to develop a set of best practices on how healthcare systems can retain women living with HIV into lifelong care now that pregnant women living with HIV are being offered lifelong treatment. The report outlines from their own perspectives what factors help women living with HIV adhere to lifelong treatment and care.

UNITAID is an innovative global health initiative that uses its long-term sustainable funding to support projects that positively impact the market for medicines, diagnostics and other health products for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

This handbook describes the mission and vision of the delegation and the Terms of Reference of the different delegation members.

In 2015, all our problems were solved. Extreme poverty was eradicated, the environment saved, and some say we got gender equality — all of this in a context where universal access to HIV treatment was achieved in 2010!

People living with HIV always knew the Millennium Targets , those sacred vows by the member states of the United Nations, would not change the order of things. Yet instead of making the necessary paradigm shifts we engaged in a long process to formulate the Sustainable Development Goals. In the HIV response this meant adding more numbers — first we had 3 by 5, then we were Getting to Zero, and now it is 90-90-90.

At GNP+ we have not added new numbers. We still work to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. We continue to advocate for universal access to quality HIV care and treatment for those who want and need it. Where numbers are concerned we believe, “universal” means “everyone”, not “everyone except the unpopular or unwanted”.

The magazine you are reading now — our annual report for 2015 — reflects the key initiatives we embarked, driven by our mission. This is our story. It relates how we support the engagement of young people and key populations living with HIV in decision making processes and reaffirmed their basic rights as human beings. It recounts how we fight to ensure the Global Fund work for all of us, and how we support the capacity of people living with HIV to do policy and programme analysis, do research on their own situation, and influence HIV responses.

Numbers may sometimes be useful, but in the end our work is about human beings. Ending the AIDS epidemic and ensuring the wellbeing of all affected must consist a broader, more holistic view that embraces differences. We want to show you how our movement — the movement of people living with living — has evolved to embrace diversity. We hope you enjoy our magazine and will join us to make sure the human rights of people living with HIV are protected in every corner of the world.

A treatment literacy guide for pregnant women and mothers living with HIV

Women living with HIV from eight countries have shared their expertise to shape the content and design of the guide and it was formulated in direct response to a call from communities for up-to-date, evidence-based resources.

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention for Women and their Babies: A treatment literacy guide for pregnant women and mothers living with HIV is intended for use by networks of women living with HIV, women’s groups, peer educators and others wishing to provide information and guidance to support women living with HIV through the decisions they will need to make before, during and after their pregnancy.

The guide has 12 modules covering issues ranging from human rights to treatment adherence and nutrition. It is made up of three separate tools:

  • facilitator’s manual
  • illustrated flipchart
  • accessible poster

The facilitator’s manual and flipchart are intended to be used together by leaders of support groups, peer educators or lay counselors to facilitate small groups or community sessions with women living with HIV. The poster can be displayed anywhere where it will be seen by women living with HIV and their families, such as: clinic rooms, church halls, waiting rooms and community education spaces.

This guide was developed by members of the Community Engagement Working Group (CEWG) of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) for Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Pregnant Women, Mother and Children, a group committed to strengthening global, regional and national partnerships and programs that address the survival of pregnant women, mothers and children living with HIV.

The United Nations will gather for the High Level Meeting on HIV on 8-10 June 2016. Many say this may be the last High Level Meeting on HIV ever. This also depends on whether member states dare to give the HIV response teeth with greater political commitments to fight stigma and discrimination, protect human rights and fundamental freedoms and ensure universal access to treatment, care and support for all people living with HIV.

This is our chance to move members states to come to an unequivocal agreement with clear, time bound targets that ensure the rights and protection of people living with HIV and key populations.

A ‘Zero Draft’ of the political declaration, developed by co-facilitators Switzerland and Zambia was just released. This key document lays the foundation of the negotiations towards the High Level Meeting this upcoming June.

This summary contains the key messages and principles we demand from our national delegates.