The response to AIDS began in local communities over four decades ago. People with HIV and AIDS, their loved ones, and marginalised communities, created the services that are needed to protect and promote our health. Yet too often, communities and civil society are not recognised – or adequately funded – for their vital role in delivering health and HIV services.
Drawing on our 30 years of experience, we advocate for and strengthen community systems that are essential to the HIV response, and for universal health coverage. We must address emerging health threats, from future pandemics to the climate crisis drawing on the powerful experiences of the HIV response.
We work with governments, donors, and policy makers to promote meaningful engagement of people living with HIV and marginalised communities in community health systems, pushing for greater recognition of and financing for civil society and communities in national, regional, and global responses.