Communities Lead the HIV Response Towards Better Health Outcomes

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This World AIDS Day, we celebrate the communities leading the HIV response and commit to continued partnership with community-based organizations working to improve the quality of life of people affected by HIV.

In the US, we work at the national, state, and local levels to support the development, implementation, evaluation, and promotion of person-centered HIV care that recognizes the interconnectedness of health and social context. Involving people with lived experience and other community members and leaders is essential to designing effective approaches to HIV prevention, care, and treatment at all levels.

We are committed to involving community leadership in our work, such as through advisory boards for the projects we implement and people who bring their live experience to work as staff members. In addition, our training and technical assistance aims to support community leadership in HIV planning and program implementation. Our work has always been guided by the understanding that communities are at the forefront,” said Gretchen Weiss, co-director of the Center for HIV & Infectious Diseases.

We also partner with organizations around the world to develop tools that provide information they can use to make decisions about how to best provide inclusive and equitable HIV services. For example, through the USAID CHOKUP II project in Zambia, JSI piloted a technical capacity assessment tool that organizations use to identify effective strategies and develop action plans. which is tailored to provide high quality services.

Organizations appreciate that this is not just an assessment; it’s a hands-on support tool,” said Pamela Donggo, senior technical advisor, HIV & Infectious Diseases.

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