Paths to Leadership for People Living with HIV in the Middle East and North Africa
|Amy Kay and Shetal Datta|
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From 2005–2010, the "Investing in PLHIV Leadership in MENA" initiative strengthened the capacity of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through training, mentoring, and small grants. The initiative sought to build social capital of PLHIV in the region, promote greater investment in PLHIV, and foster policy dialogue and advocacy. On the path to strengthened PLHIV leadership in MENA's HIV response, the initiative has achieved several outcomes. PLHIV are taking steps to form a regional network; women living with HIV have emerged as leaders and are starting support groups for other women affected in the region; and National AIDS Programs have contributed funding to support expansion of PLHIV-led activities in-country. In addition, the initiative has created four curricula (which will be available in English and Arabic) to help build the capacity of PLHIV in the region.
Key partnerships have been made to ensure sustainability of gains from the Investing in PLHIV Leadership in MENA initiative and to ensure that the path to greater PLHIV leadership continues. Among these steps are a pledge by the Jordan NAP to support the MENA+ website; resources and support provided by Ford Foundation and ICW to establish a regional women's network; and additional funding by NAPs for country-level activities led by and for people living with HIV.
By exemplifying the principle of GIPA, the Investing in PLHIV Leadership in MENA initiative has supported the transformation of HIV-positive people as engaged leaders working with their peers, health officials, political leaders, and other stakeholders to improve HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs in the MENA region.
|Document Type:||Technical Reports: Global|
|No. of Pages:||38|
|Country:||ASIA & MIDDLE EAST, MIDDLE EAST, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)|
|Keywords:||Leadership, Champions, Networks, S&D or Human Rights, PLHIV, GIPA, HIV/AIDS|