The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA) is a core principle of all Alliance programming and interventions.
People Living with HIV (PLHIV) are involved in a wide variety of activities at all levels across the global partnership; from participating in major decision and policy making activities, to leading the development and implementation of projects, and supporting and counselling others with HIV.
The Alliance believes that the engagement of people living with HIV is essential as countries scale up their national AIDS responses to achieve the goal of universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support services.
IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES
The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA) is a principle that aims to realise the rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV, including their right to self-determination and participation in decision-making processes that affect their lives. In these efforts, GIPA also aims to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the AIDS response.
The idea that personal experiences should shape the AIDS response was first voiced by people living with HIV in Denver in 1983. The GIPA Principle was formalized at the 1994 Paris AIDS Summit when 42 countries agreed to “support a greater involvement of people living with HIV at all…levels…and to…stimulate the creation of supportive political, legal and social environments’.
For more information on the GIPA principle, read the UNAIDS briefing.
THE ALLIANCE APPROACH
The Alliance approach to the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA) includes:
- in line with its values and fulfilling its mission, a commitment to ensuring that people living with HIV are meaningfully involved in all aspects of the Alliance’s response
- ongoing support to people living with HIV to participate in Global Fund decision-making mechanisms
- initiation of a People Living with HIV internship programme at the Alliance’s International Secretariat
ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
Alliance Latin America and Caribbean Regional Representative, Javier Hourcade Bellocq, is currently board member for the communities’ delegation of the Global Fund to Fight, HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. The delegation is committed to bringing the voices and needs of people living with and affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria to the deliberations of the Global Fund board and committees