The Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) is immensely grateful to the UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID) for the financial support, from the Governance and Transparency Fund, which made this study possible.
The Greater Involvement of People living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA) is a principle that “aims to realize the rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV, including their right to self-‐ determination and participation in decision-‐making processes that affect their lives… [to] enhance the quality and effectiveness of the AIDS response” (UNAIDS 2007). In addition to this, the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV can greatly enhance the quality of policies and interventions by incorporating their contributions which are informed by their experiences. Ill-‐designed programmes may not just fail, they may be counter-productive, and in some instances can result in significant harm.
This report was produced as part of HIV Leadership through Accountability programme, which ran for five years, from 2009 to 2013
It was spearheaded Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the World AIDS Campaign (WAC), and funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), to create evidence-based campaigning, advocacy and lobbying for and by people living with HIV. Research was carried out to inform and strengthen national, regional and international advocacy, and was implemented with a bottom-up approach, informed by community responses, and strengthened by South-South collaboration.
The countries where the programme was implemented were: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Moldova, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
More information and background materials can be found at http://www.hivleadership.org/ which is the archive site for the programme