How We Work
How We Work
We have organised our work along three approaches which support and strengthen each other. “In our work in Malawi, we see how the three approaches of GNP+ come together,” says Eddie Banda, Programmes Manager for the Malawian Network of People living with HIV, MANET+. “The Global Network supported us to develop capacity and skills to use evidence gathering tools with which we have been able to effectively advocate for our needs in Malawi and regionally. It has made MANET+ stronger.”
Our work is guided by the People Living with HIV Global Advocacy Agenda, created by and for communities of people living with HIV around the world. The Agenda describes what is needed to ensure access to prevention, treatment, care and support, to protect our human rights and to strengthen all of our communities.
In our advocacy we engage with policy and decision makers at the international level, and link with the regional or national level advocacy of our partners. We respond to information requests and give unsolicited advice to our international partners, including UN agencies to keep them sharp on the needs of people living with HIV in communities. We are involved in a variety of advisory groups and part of the Communities Delegations to the Global Fund Board and the UNITAID Board.
GNP+, in partnership with others, has developed tools that enable organisations of people living with HIV to conduct community-based research. The data and evidence collected informs and drives evidence-based advocacy to improve the lives of people living with HIV. Using the tools strengthens local and national advocacy, as well as the organisations themselves.
In turn, this data inform and drive the advocacy agenda of GNP+. The process of conducting quality research helps develop strong partnerships between networks, and builds the capacity of both GNP+ and our partners.
GNP+ tools currently include:
We support networks of people living with HIV in meaningfully engaging at different levels. For example, we provide technical assistance to regional networks so they can support national networks of people living with HIV to participate in the development of national concept notes to the Global Fund.
To support key populations living with HIV we help networks of people living with HIV and key populations networks to engage meaningfully and be more inclusive. Using our Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention Framework for policy and programme analysis, we support communities of people living with HIV in Swaziland to prepare for a national roll out of antiretroviral treatment regardless of CD4 count.
Our community guide to the WHO treatment guidelines assists community leaders and civil society organisations to better understand the WHO recommendations and guide national discussions. This guide includes different toolkits to mobilise and prepare communities for the implementation of the new guidelines.
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The dedicated page on COVID-19 brings together information, resources and most importantly the many inspiring ways our communities are responding and taking action to protect the rights of people living with HIV.