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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!

NEW!! Universal Health Coverage Day toolkit – 10 things you can do to get involved and make a difference this UHC Day 2020.

Universal health coverage (UHC) means all people, everywhere, can get the quality health services they need without financial hardship.

Every 12th December, advocates worldwide mobilise on UHC Day to call for strong, equitable health systems that leave no one behind.
The theme of this year’s UHC Day is ‘#Protect Everyone’.

Our toolkit is available in French and English and includes 10 actions you can do around UHC Day. You don’t need to do all ten. Have a look, be
inspired and do the ones that would be most impactful in your context.

This factsheet is designed to give advocates the information they need to promote early infant diagnosis (EID) within their communities and to encourage people to take their babies for HIV testing.

A leaflet answering parents and caregivers questions about HIV testing for babies.

This job aid is for anyone who regularly talks to, meets with and supports communities affected by HIV. It gives you the information you need to talk to parents and caregivers to encourage infant HIV testing.

A briefing paper to share with policy makers outlining the importance of early infant diagnosis and making the case for point-of-care testing.

A poster to encourage parents and caregivers to take their baby for an HIV test.

A strategic framework for networks of people living with HIV and other civil society organisations to help you develop an action plan to work in support of infant HIV testing.

A toolkit to:
● Provide a set of practical tools that support community advocates to take concrete steps to turn the data and key findings of PLHIV Stigma Index Reports into practical advocacy actions
● Help networks of people living with HIV to identify and take forward advocacy actions based on the key findings and recommendations from PLHIV Stigma Index
Reports
● Support Stigma Index teams who are at the data analysis stage of the project or who are in the process of developing reports
● Build the capacity of advocates to use data on stigma to make a case for change

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.

In 2014, WHO produced the first ever Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations. The Guidelines focus on five key populations: men who have sex with men; people who inject drugs; people in prisons and other closed settings; sex workers; and transgender people.

They present an opportunity for civil society, including networks of key populations and people living with HIV, to work with their governments to meaningfully involve key populations in national policymaking and begin investing in their specific needs. The Guidelines also offer an opening for dialogue and action on harmful laws, policies and societal norms that result in the denial and violation of human rights for key populations.

To support community organisation with the implementation of and advocacy for the Guidelines we created a new module for Key Populations to our Community Guide.

This set of modules is designed to be used by communities to support the use of the new resource, Driving the HIV response: A community guide to the WHO 2013 Consolidated Guidelines on the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection.

The downloadable modules cover different topics, and include:

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and STOP AIDS NOW! developed the Community Guide in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2013 Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV. It aims to assist community leaders and civil society organisations to:

  • better understand the new WHO recommendations and guide country-level discussions on priorities (within civil society and between civil society and government)
  • ensure the meaningful participation of communities most affected by HIV in national decision-making and planning
  • advocate for any changes or further research necessary to adapt recommendations to suit their country context
  • mobilise and prepare communities for the implementation of new recommendations.

When it comes to HIV care and support, making better decisions matters to all of us.

Ethical decision-making:

  • It matters to all people with HIV, including key populations and their children; and
  • It matters to care workers who want to make the best possible decision.

If you want to make the best possible decision—or wish that the organization that supports you would improve its decision-making—now there’s a simple tool that can help, available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.

 

The    “HIV   Leadership    through    Accountability”    Programme    is    funded    by    UKaid    from    the    Department    for    International    Development    (DFID)    Governance    and    Transparency    Fund    (GTF).    It    combines    specific    evidence-gathering    tools,    national    AIDS    campaigns    and    targeted    advocacy    for    good    governance    and    Universal    Access    to    HIV    prevention,    treatment,    care    and    support.

It    contributes    to    the    setting    of    national,    regional    and    global    evidence-based    campaign    agendas    based    on    the    GIPA    principle    through    a    community    driven    process.    It    will    be    implemented    in    fifteen    countries    around    the    world,    and    though    time-limited,    effects    are    anticipated    to    be    long-lasting,    delivering    significant    capacity    building    beyond    the    direct    research    and    advocacy    impact.

“Criminalisation of HIV” is a phrase that is used to refer to enacting of laws directed at punishing behaviour that may transmit HIV and the application of general laws in a manner that targets those with HIV who may transmit or expose another person to HIV.

The Global Criminalisation Scan (The Scan) is a programme that was developed to respond to this growing trend. The Scan was initiated and is led by the Global Network of people living with HIV (GNP+) in partnership with others to map and document the existence of laws, practices and policies that impact on responses to HIV. The scan was adapted in 2010 to include protective as well as punitive laws.

Positive laws and policies create the environment in which necessary services can be easily and equitably accessed. For this to happen, these laws need to be promoted and enforced. Examples of positive laws and practices include laws that protect people living with HIV from discrimination, particularly discrimination on the grounds of actual or perceived HIV positive status.

Available in English and French

For more information on criminalisation of HIV, visit the the GNP+ criminalisation scan website

The Global Network of People living with HIV between July and September 2010 held a consultation with people living with HIV as part of a process to develop better indicators to measure HIV-related stigma. The consultation aimed to determine priorities for addressing stigma, to identify key indicators, and to enable measurement of progress in efforts to reduce stigma.

One of the main conclusions was that the development of these indicators should concentrate on the perception of stigma experienced by people living with HIV as a measurement of stigma toward people living with HIV. This in contrast with indicators generated through consultations with the general population, which were viewed as a weak proxy for consulting with people living with HIV themselves.

During the consultation over 500 replies were received to an online questionnaire in four languages – English, French, Spanish and Russian. In addition, in-depth semi structured interview were conducted with a sample of 19 people living with HIV. GNP+ would like to express its gratitude to all those people living with HIV that took part.

This consultation was funded by the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

GNP+ has engaged with different partners on HIV related entry, stay and residence restrictions. GNP+ engaged with the Civil Society Travel Restrictions Task Team, the travel and mobility group through the UNAIDS PCB, as well as the Global Fund, PEPFAR and others. Since 2008, GNP+ has been contributing to the Quick Reference Guide set up by Deutsche AIDS Hilfe.

Available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Slovak