Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Donor meeting focuses on change and innovation


Aids Alliance

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance hosted its annual meeting for donors at the end of January 2009. Eighteen donor representatives attended the event, held over two days in Brighton, to exchange information and share their thinking on the challenges faced by communities responding to AIDS.

The meeting highlighted the significant achievements of the Alliance and its linking organisations in 2008, including a substantial increase in the number of people reached through HIV services.

Over the two days, participants heard presentations that illustrated areas of innovation and challenges at the community level the Alliance is responding to such as work with the transgender community and harm reduction services to street based injecting drug users.

There was also an opportunity to hear about how the Alliance is contributing to health systems strengthening through community HIV responses and also about its active engagement and civil society leadership with the International Health Partnership and related initiatives (IHP+) at global and country levels.

Participants reported the quality of the meeting was high in all aspects and praised the “lively, good presentations”.

The concluding session focused on the ongoing transformation of the Alliance which is required to achieve the ambitious targets set out in the organisation’s three-year Strategic Framework, IMPACT 2010. There were frank discussions about the increasingly challenging funding climate and how, despite current trends, the Alliance can continue to strengthen and focus its role in supporting effective HIV responses.