About

Watch What Matters is a community monitoring initiative to gather data on access and quality of HIV treatment globally.

Who we are

This website represents the work of two major initiatives.

The first is the Regional Community Treatment Observatory in West Africa (RCTO-WA). Supported by the Global Fund, the RCTO-WA is a consortium project empowering networks of people living with HIV to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on barriers to HIV services. The goal is to increase access to treatment in 11 West African countries  – Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

The three-year project will:

  • Formalize and expand existing community treatment observatories to all focus countries
  • Create a regional treatment observatory; and
  • Build the capacity of 11 national PLHIV networks to do treatment monitoring

The consortium is led jointly by ITPC Global and ITPC West Africa, and includes networks of people living with HIV from each of the 11 countries. Find out more about our partners.

The other initiative, called Missing the Target, aims to support civil society advocates to monitor the delivery of HIV services in their countries. These advocates hold national governments and global agencies accountable to their commitments to ensure access for all in need.

What we do

Watching what matters most to communities

Monitoring of health systems by communities increases government accountability and informs targeted advocacy actions that can improve HIV treatment, particularly for key populations. Data is currently being collected in a fragmented way and does not integrate questions and themes important to those most affected by HIV. We aim to streamline and standardize treatment access data in the West Africa region and beyond.

Leading the way through community monitoring

Pioneered by our consortium, a community treatment observatory is a mechanism that systematically collects data to monitor trends on treatment access along the HIV Cascade to be used for targeted action. Find out more about how community treatment observatories work.