Evidence from 50 pieces of research carried out by people living with HIV and AIDS, across 10 countries with high HIV prevalence rates has been used to feed into National AIDS Action Plans and United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions. In this way this research has informed changes in law, policy and practice with relevance for over 15 million people living with HIV.
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Key elements of context
- HIV disproportionally affects certain key populations;
- HIV becoming a development issue;
- Role of Civil Society to give those populations a voice in policy making is key;
- HIV Civil Society in tender state and not fully committing to The Greater Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) principles;
- Civil Society not particularly confident or skilled to engage with government and parliament;
- Policy makers adverse to critique by Civil Society in some countries;
- Lack of investigative media;
- Governments committed to GIPA principles but policy not resulting in action;
- Governments have made commitments at UN level to Universal Access for all populations;
- Universal Access targets concrete but negotiable;
- Some level of transparency and accountability of the process leading to Universal Access.