The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) is a global partnership of over 36 nationally-based linking organisations, including an international Secretariat (with offices based in the UK, US, Belgium and India and regional representatives), working to support community action on AIDS in developing countries.
These linking organisations help local community groups and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to take action on AIDS, and are supported by technical expertise, policy and advocacy work and fundraising carried out across the Alliance.
To date we have provided support to organisations from more than 40 developing countries in over 3,000 projects, reaching some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities with HIV prevention, care and support, and improved access to treatment.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Over the years our specialist areas of expertise, or technical themes, have developed in response to what communities need.
Treatment, care and support
TB and HIV
SRH and HIV
Drug use and HIV
Health system strengthening
Health and HIV financing
HIV prevention. Globally, the Alliance is involved in prevention in many contexts and with different populations.
Programmes work with whole communities in countries with generalised epidemics
In both generalised and concentrated epidemics, focused prevention has reached a variety of populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, people living with HIV, children and young people, and mobile populations
In addition, communities in post-conflict countries are reached to address specific needs
Children. The Alliance approach to children affected by HIV and AIDS is based on a commitment to the rights of children, their protection from abuse, violence and neglect and their participation in the interventions aimed to support them and their families. We promote a family centred approach which strives to keep children with their families and out of institutions; keeping parents alive and ensuring families are economically secure and able to access integrated family services.
Treatment, care and support. A key element of many Alliance programmes is ensuring communities are able to access a broad range of services, through fostering linkages and strengthening referral systems between health care providers. By using a rights-based approach that is rooted in public health and development principles, the Alliance aims to increase access to quality health care for all people with HIV, and to advocate for this as a matter of great urgency.
HIV counselling and testing is the gateway to treatment – without an accurate diagnosis, treatment cannot start. It is also the gateway to other forms of support and to supporting preventive behaviours, whether the person is HIV positive or negative. The Alliance is making a significant contribution to the provision of HIV testing, pre- and post-test counselling, and linking communities with testing facilities.
TB and HIV
- Increasing awareness of TB/HIV and knowledge about TB/HIV status
- Reducing the burden of TB on people living with HIV, and the impact of HIV on those with TB
- TB case detection/referral
- HIV testing
- HIV prevention, treatment, care and support
- Reducing the stigma associated with TB and HIV
- Mobilising communities to focus on TB/HIV
- Increasing case detection and screening for TB
- Providing referrals to services for people living with HIV and people living with TB (and their contacts)
At the national level:
- Strengthening the advocacy for and information on TB/HIV programming
- Reducing the stigma associated with TB and HIV
- Increasing the funding for HIV/TB collaborative activities.
SRH and HIV. The Alliance uses a rights-based approach and the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights is an overarching principle in its work. The violation of these rights is a root cause of HIV and sexual and reproductive ill-health and often forms a ‘make or break’ obstacle to efforts to achieve universal access, especially for the most vulnerable people.
Drug use and HIV. The Alliance works with people who use drugs and their families and households to make the changes necessary to improve health. We promote healthy behaviours such as safe injecting and safe sex, build skills to protect and promote health, and improve access to health services.
Health system strengthening. The Alliance approach to health system strengthening includes:
Engaging actively in the global and national debates on HIV and health systems strengthening (through participation in Action for Global Health and International Health Partnerships) in order to highlight the key role that civil society plays in supporting HIV and health systems strengthening and in increasing access to health services for marginalised groups.
Lobbying for innovative new mechanisms for financing HIV and health systems
Developing and advocating for innovative models of service delivery to address the shortage of health care workers in many countries. These both provide direct service provision and strengthen the referrals between community and health services.
Health and HIV financing. The Alliance is a key partner in Action for Global Health – a network of European NGOs that is advocating for ‘more and better’ aid to ensure that the health-related MDGs can be met.
The Alliance’s representative on Action for Global Health is a member of the Civil Society Consultative Group of the International Health Partnership (IHP+).
The Alliance and its partners have participated in civil society consultations to review the proposals of the IHP Task Force. Of the innovative financing mechanisms being reviewed the Alliance believes that the Currency Transaction Levy is by far the most promising given the volume of additional revenue it can generate.
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