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Our policy priorities

Fabiana, a transgender peer educator from Ecuador © Gideon Mendel for the AllianceZahari is a beneficiary of a needle exchange in Terengganu, Malaysia (c) the Alliance

    Our policy and advocacy work currently focuses on four key areas 

MSM in Kenya (c) Nell Freeman for the Alliance

Keeping HIV on the political and financial agenda

Thanks to significant breakthroughs in research and science, for the first time in 30 years it has become realistic to talk about the possibility of ending AIDS. However, the global economic crisis has hade a huge impact on global HIV funding, and total donor financial support has not increased in the past four years. Now is not the time to give up. Our message to the international community is ‘Don’t stop now, finish the job!’

The Alliance is well positioned to engage with donors, policy makers and governments in the UK, Brussels, Geneva and Washington to demonstrate the importance of continued political and financial commitment to HIV in a time where the end of AIDS is in reach if funding is increased and targeted efficiently.

Read more about our work on HIV and health financing.

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Human rights for key populations

Human rights violations against people living with and key populations at higher risk of HIV infection (such as sex workers, people who use drugs and men who have sex with men) continue to act as a barrier to addressing their HIV-related needs. More work is needed at every level of the response to translate human rights principles into practice at the global and country-level. The Alliance has a key role to play to highlight the HIV and rights related concerns of key populations to policy makers and to advocate for improved policies and implementation.

An important part of this is our ‘What’s Preventing Prevention?’ campaign which calls on donors and governments to guarantee a more effective HIV prevention response that enables those at higher risk of HIV to access prevention services and programmes and realise their rights.

Read more about our human rights work and visit the ‘What’s Preventing Prevention?’ campaign site.

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Health and community systems strengthening and integration

The Alliance has actively contributed to global and country level policy debates highlighting the need to invest in community systems strengthening (CSS) alongside health systems strengthening (HSS) in order to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals.

Read more about our work on health and community systems strengthening.

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Including HIV in a post-MDG development framework

The Millennium Development Goals will expire in 2015, and there is no guarantee that HIV will be included in the development framework which succeeds them. If HIV is not specifically mentioned in the new framework the hard won gains since 2000 could be lost.

That’s why the Alliance is encouraging the HIV community to actively engage in the global and national debates around the post-2015 framework. We want to make sure that the voices of people living with HIV and key populations at higher risk of HIV are at the centre of the post-2015 development process.

Visit our HIV post 2015 page for the latest news and updates.