Driving the HIV Response: A community guide to the WHO 2013 ARV Guidelines on the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection

International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and STOP AIDS NOW!
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The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and STOP AIDS NOW! developed this Community Guide in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2013 ARV guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV. It aims to assist community leaders and civil society organisations to:

  • better understand the new WHO recommendations and guide country-level discussions on priorities (within civil society and between civil society and government);
  • ensure the meaningful participation of communities most affected by HIV in national decision-making and planning
  • advocate for any changes or further research necessary to adapt recommendations to suit their country context
  • mobilise and prepare communities for the implementation of new recommendations.

This guide aims to highlight the role of communities (e.g. as advocates, programme managers, peer educators and so on) and their perspectives on the key recommendations in the 2013 Guidelines. At each step, this guide focuses on how communities can use the 2013 Guidelines to strengthen the continued struggle for the universal right to health in their countries. It does not aim to summarise all the debates around the new recommendations or provide definite answers, as each country and epidemiological context is different and it is communities who can best lead these discussions.

The checklists at the end of each module serve as prompts to help communities and civil society organisations to discuss, prioritise and advocate ensuring that the new recommendations are used to further human rights and equity and are resources that include best practice examples of community-led interventions delivering HIV and related services.

You can download this 40 page document above. This resource is in English.