The Alliance has made solid progress towards achieving the goals outlined in its strategic framework IMPACT 2010 of scaling up quality responses to HIV, strengthening civil society to respond, improving HIV policies and building an effective global Alliance to meet the challenges of HIV and AIDS.
“The Alliance is proud of our achievements during 2008 and conscious that we need to keep driving forward community responses to HIV as we look to 2010,” said Executive Director Alvaro Bermejo.
“We recognise that this will require considerable efforts in the context of an uncertain financial climate, scare resources and the specific, local environments in which we work. We are confident that we can build on the successes of last year.”
In 2008 the global Alliance reached more people than ever before; 2.3 million received services in 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. More than half of those reached were women and girls.
By the end of the year nine Alliance country programmes were having a national impact on HIV, significantly supporting progress towards achieving universal access to services. Progress was particularly evident in Africa where the Alliance reached 1.3 million people with HIV services last year.
Growth has been partly due to the ongoing development of a more comprehensive approach to service provision, integrating HIV work with programmes on tuberculosis and sexual and reproductive health. For example, at the end of last year 19 Alliance programmes were integrating some sexual and reproductive health services into their HIV programming.
The Alliance is committed to strengthening the skills and resources of civil society organisations so they can better respond to HIV. In 2008 the Alliance provided 2,630 organisations with technical support for programmatic and organisational development – a 50% increase on 2007.
Last year also saw the launch of six Alliance Regional Technical Support Hubs in Burkina Faso, India, Peru, the Philippines, Uganda and Ukraine. These provide South-to-South technical assistance to build local skills in HIV programming and organisational development. By the end of last year the hubs exceeded their targets by 52%, delivering 520 days of technical support.
In 2008 the Alliance’s advocacy and policy work particularly focused on work with injecting drug users and transgender people, two groups that are both highly stigmatised and vulnerable to HIV infection.
Finally, last year saw the launch of a new Alliance Charter and Linking Agreement which were signed by all linking organisations and the Secretariat as equal partners. The Alliance believes that an effective, lasting response to HIV can be most effectively attained through a strong partnership of independent, national linking organisations.
Read more about the Alliance's achievements in 2008 by downloading the Annual Review, Review Supplement, and Report and Accounts.