Civil society and community responses to HIV are essential to ending the AIDS epidemic. Communities support health systems and reach those most vulnerable to HIV where public health facilities cannot. The evolution of the HIV epidemic is changing the landscape of HIV response and work. CSOs have an important role to play in ending AIDS. They are operating in a changing landscape and need to find ways to remain relevant and to participate more effectively in the response. An important role is to support interventions to reduce human rights and gender-related barriers to HIV, TB and health services.
link from Health & Rights global frameworks page CSOs recently reviewed their strategic direction, and developed CSO Strategic Priority Action Plan, which detailed activities and indicators to assess progress towards strategic priorities. The CSOs identified a key priority to improve the knowledge of CSOs in human rights and health and contribute to reduction in health inequalities and improve access to health services.
As government provides the majority of treatment for HIV, the CSO strategic priority actions include the need to assess what is their role in supporting adherence to treatment, supporting marginalised and key populations to enable access to both prevention and treatment, and advocating for strategy and policy change to reach Universal Health Coverage.