Involving the Community in Responding to TB/HIV: Outcomes of Community-Led Monitoring and Advocacy By Julia Fischer-Mackey | 04 May, 2010

Civil society engagement in the design, implementation, and evaluation of TB/HIV policies at the national and international levels has been minimal. Yet, community-based groups are uniquely positioned to offer critical input on challenges faced by patients co-infected with TB and HIV in accessing care. Since 2004, Public Health Watch has supported 53 individuals and organizations in 38 countries to conduct monitoring and advocacy of policies on TB and HIV. Community groups have used international guidelines and commitments, such as the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Interim Policy on Collaborative TB/HIV Activities, the Amsterdam Declaration to Stop TB, and the United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, as monitoring standards to ensure governmental accountability.

OSI’s approach stresses multiple opportunities for dialogue and exchange with a broad range of policy actors, including representatives of affected communities, public health institutions, and government officials.

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    Link leads to: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/health/focus/phw/articles_publications/publications/tbhivcomm_20080416/TBHIV_Community_Involvement.pdf

    Summary: Civil society engagement in the design, implementation, and evaluation of TB/HIV policies at the national and international levels has been minimal. Yet, community-based groups are uniquely positioned to offer critical input on challenges faced by patients co-infected with TB and HIV in accessing care. Since 2004, Public Health Watch has supported 53 individuals and organizations in 38 countries to conduct monitoring and advocacy of policies on TB and HIV. Community groups have used international guidelines and commitments, such as the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Interim Policy on Collaborative TB/HIV Activities, the Amsterdam Declaration to Stop TB, and the United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, as monitoring standards to ensure governmental accountability.

    OSI’s approach stresses multiple opportunities for dialogue and exchange with a broad range of policy actors, including representatives of affected communities, public health institutions, and government officials.

    Source: Open Society Institute - OSI

    Language: English

    Keywords: Advocacy, community, Fact Sheet, General Resources, participation, Publications & Research