“The more things change the more they stay the same. The involvement of people and communities in the HIV response remains just as crucial as it was when I first got involved in the community response to HIV in 1983,” says Julian Hows, Programme Officer Knowledge Management at GNP+.
GNP+ is the global network for and by people living with HIV. We work to improve the quality of life of all people living with HIV. This means we advocate for, and support fair and equal access to treatment, care and support services for people living with HIV around the world.
Involvement, Rights, Treatment
As a rights-based organisation, emancipation and self-determination are our core principles. Over the past decade we have spoken with, interviewed and surveyed tens of thousands living with HIV, getting to know – again and again – the issues of crucial importance to the lives of people living with HIV: our involvement, rights and treatment.
It is our vision that people living with HIV will only enjoy a better quality of life if we keep demanding it. We support and nurture a powerful and united worldwide social movement of people living with HIV.
GNP+ originates in the International Steering Committee of the International Conferences of People Living with HIV, founded in 1986. The Steering Committee organised conferences so people living with HIV could exchange information, develop joined activism and be involved in solving the HIV epidemic. When we started to develop our own programmes in 1992, we became GNP+.
GNP+ has 9 staff and offices in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and Cape Town in South Africa.