Stronger Communities

The Alliance strategy works towards four key results.
Result 2 is stronger health and community systems, which we are achieving through supporting community-based organisations to be connected and effective elements of health systems and ultimately sustainable as they create demand, deliver services and provide a bridge to government and other services for key populations.

Throughout 2015 we continued our focus on strengthening community responses to end AIDS. The Alliance is working with others to build national ‘systems for health’ that integrate community systems, public health and private sectors, recognising that all actors are supporting a national response that is broader than the government response alone.

It is our intention that, wherever we work, strong community-based organisations will address the HIV and health needs of their communities, while both working with governments and holding them to account. The Alliance will continue to support organisations to strengthen their impact on HIV, whether through direct service delivery, providing technical assistance or monitoring both human rights violations and service delivery as a watchdog.

A focus in 2015 has been to improve the evidence we collect to show our impact on strengthening community and health systems.

ArkarSWSex workers gather at a support centre in Myanmar, where the young women can get the holistic support they need and be referred when necessary. © The photo was taken by Arkar, a member of the Myanmar YouthStars, a group of young key populations which includes LGBT youth, sex workers and people living with HIV. They advocate for health and rights, and work to reduce stigma and discrimination.

2015 milestones

  • 2,174 CBOs received grants through the Alliance
    2015 milestone exceeded (2,000)

  • 83% of Alliance-supported CBOs achieved their programmatic and financial targets
    2015 milestone exceeded (70%)

  • 84% of Linking Organisations have CBOs that report to national HIV and/or health ministries in accordance with national guidelines
    2015 milestone exceeded (75%)

This indicator measures the extent to which Linking Organisations, and by extension CBOs, are connected with the government through sharing of data or receiving funding.

  • 15 peer reviewed journal articles analysed the Alliance’s contribution to improved health outcomes for key populations
    2015 milestone exceeded (10)

The Alliance continued to share its experience at the community level in order to inform practice and improve technical capacity. 15 articles were published in peer-reviewed journals that incorporated work done in 2015, a 50% increase in the number published in 2014.

Southern leadership to end AIDS

4CentresOur strategy drives us to share our knowledge and sustain community action on HIV. To this end, four new Centres of Practice hosted by selected Linking Organisations were launched in 2015. Centres aim to bridge the gap between evidence and practice in order to end AIDS. They draw on their individual expertise to connect, bring together and develop the Alliance’s collective knowledge, experience and community links on specific expert areas. They are: