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Alliance plans to support HDN programmes


Aids Alliance

As previously reported in The Loop, last year the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) and Health & Development Networks (HDN) had been in continued negotiations regarding a merger which aimed to pool the expertise of both organisations.

Sadly, earlier this year HDN heard that they would not be receiving their core funding for 2009. This was very disappointing news for everyone who had worked so hard on the proposed merger.

Over the last three months the two organisations have continued to work closely together to put a plan in place to transfer key programmes to a range of different partners, including the Alliance.

Nadine Ferris-France, Executive Director of HDN said, “Our shared priority has been preserving the legacy of HDN work and ensuring we maximise our collective ability to respond to the HIV and TB epidemics. We are confident that we will ensure that the key tools and approaches of HDN will continue and flourish in new locations and contexts and we are grateful to the Alliance for their continued support during this difficult time.”

For the Alliance, a commitment remains to continue with the assimilation of some key programme areas within the organisation, in particular the enhancement of national level policy, advocacy and communication efforts.

However, due to funding issues this will necessarily be a more limited scope of work. We hope to provide more specific details on the areas of Alliance integration in the next issue of The Loop, as these are confirmed with partners and donors.

In the meantime, the Alliance continues to work closely with HDN. There has been a very significant scaling down of operations in Chiang Mai but a core team remains in place focused on documenting HDN work so that key programmes can be transferred as soon as partners are confirmed.

“This has been a very difficult time for HDN and their partners," said Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance. "The senior Alliance team who have been supporting them through this period have been constantly impressed by the professionalism and commitment shown by all HDN staff."