This week, 4-7 April 2018, ITPC Global, ITPC West Africa, and ITPC MENA attended the 2018 Conférence Internationale Francophone VIH/Hepatites (AFRAVIH) in Bordeaux, France, helping to ensure treatment access issues – particularly as they affect key populations – were visible at the conference.
In particular, ITPC helped raise the profile of community monitoring and community engagement:
ITPC Global presented preliminary outcomes from the Missing the Target 12 (MTT12) project, which supports community-led monitoring of treatment access issues among people who use drugs in Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan. MTT12 is part of the Watch What Matters initiative and works alongside the Regional Community Treatment Observatory in West Africa (RCTO-WA) to empower communities in carrying out evidence-based advocacy. Read the abstract poster here (French, PDF).
ITPC MENA presented on their program to support community mobilization to combat HIV in the MENA region, which involves the establishment of community observatories.
In collaboration with Solidarte Sida, the collective capitalization project aims to:
- Strengthen communities observatories through capacity-building, data collection, advocacy. and action;
- Promote awareness and recognition of observatories as a key mechanism for the sustainable improvement of health systems;
- Network actors and capitalize on successes, challenges, and experimentation.
ITPC West Africa presented work done integrating two community engagement indicators into the national monitoring and evaluation system in Côte d’Ivoire. Read the abstract poster here (French, PDF).
Raising the profile of community monitoring and community engagement is more critical than ever – particularly in light of the recent RCTO-WA report that reinforced how key population communities continue to face significant barriers to accessing HIV services and national health data fail to capture their needs.