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Alliance joins WHO civil society reference group on HIV


Aids Alliance

The Alliance has been invited to become a member of the WHO Civil Society Reference Group on HIV.

The WHO Civil Society Reference Group on HIV was developed in response to recommendations from civil society and WHO colleagues to support WHO in an advisory capacity as it implements the Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011-2015.

The Alliance will be represented on the Group by Dr Gitau Mburu, Senior Adviser on HIV and Health Systems. Referring to the nomination, Dr Mburu said, “We are excited to be part of this group of civil society stakeholders, which gives us an opportunity to share the expertise and experience of Alliance Linking Organisations in community-based advocacy, service delivery, and planning, implementing and evaluating health-related programmes in response to HIV. The reference group will provide a much needed long-term, systematic and accountable mechanism of communication and dialogue between civil society and WHO.”

Role of the Group

The WHO Civil Society Reference Group on HIV will:

  • Guide and advise WHO on how to ensure meaningful and quality engagement of civil society in the activities outlined in the WHO’s HIV Operational Plan
  • Inform WHO on emerging civil society-related priorities and advice on how WHO can respond.

The first meeting will take place during the International AIDS Conference to be held in Washington DC at the end of July.  Prior to  this meeting, WHO will be seeking civil society input on a Partnership Road Map for 2012-2013 to complement the WHO’s HIV Operational Plan for the same period.

Read more about WHO and their work on HIV and AIDS.

Click here to email us for more information about Alliance representation on the Group.