Our advocacy is guided by the People Living with HIV Global Advocacy Agenda, which was developed by communities around the world. The Global Advocacy Agenda describes what is needed to ensure access to prevention, treatment, care and support, to protect our human rights and strengthen all of our communities.
We further that advocacy work by engaging with policy and decision makers at the international level, as well as linking with the regional or national level advocacy of our partners. Typically, our international advocacy involves working closely with UNAIDS and several of its co-sponsors working on health and HIV, such as UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO, in order to help ensure their agendas are informed by the voices of the communities of people living with HIV to address their concerns. It also involves work with other co-sponsors such as the ILO, UNDP, UNODC, UN Women and the Word bank in their responses to HIV. Our advocacy work also involves regular engagement with the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, through participation at meetings.
GNP+, in partnership with others, has developed a series of tools that enables organisations of people living with HIV to conduct community-based research, collecting data and evidence to inform and support the design and implementation of evidence-based advocacy on the issues that they have identified as priorities. In turn, this data informs and drives the advocacy agenda of GNP+. It also helps develop strong partnerships with networks, and builds the capacity of both GNP+ and those it partners with.
These tools are the foundation of our knowledge management activities. GNP+’s signature research tool is the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, which is used to collect evidence on stigma and discrimination. The Stigma Index has been rolled out since 2008 in more than 50 countries throughout all the world’s regions. More than 1,500 people living with HIV have been trained as interviewers, and 60,000 people living with HIV have been interviewed. GNP+ is also running the Human Rights Count! (HRC) programme. HRC is a rapid assessment tool designed to gather evidence to support quick responses for emerging human rights situations, providing evidence for quick response advocacy campaigns. We are currently supporting networks of key populations living with HIV in Kenya and Nepal to use the HRC. GNP+ also engages with networks of people living with HIV to use the GIPA Report Card to monitor and evaluate their governments’ and organisations’ application of the GIPA principle. Through the Global Criminalisation Scan we provide essential information for 190 countries and territories on the criminalisation of non-disclosure, exposure and transmission of HIV, as well as providing information on other laws and regulations that prevent strong HIV responses such as restrictions people living with HIV face on entry, residence and stay, exposure and transmission or forced disclosure of HIV status.
Our work on community development supports networks of people living with HIV to engage meaningfully with different actors. We provide technical assistance to regional networks of people living with HIV in the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia, to build their capacity as regional networks, and to enable them to support national networks of people living with HIV to participate in the development of national concept notes to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Through the Bridging the Gaps programme, amongst others, we support key populations living with HIV (including men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs) by enabling networks of people living with HIV and key populations networks to engage meaningfully at various levels. We participate in the Communities Delegation of the Global Fund and host the Communities Delegation of UNITAID. Using our Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention framework for policy and programme analysis, through the MaxART programme, we support communities of people living with HIV in Swaziland to prepare for a national roll out of antiretroviral treatment regardless of CD4 count. Recently, we worked with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, STOP AIDS NOW! and the WHO to produce a community guide to the WHO treatment guidelines.