New Toolkit Supports Activists to Utilise Differentiated Service Delivery

Posted by Editor on November 10, 2017

New Toolkit supports actvitis to utilise Differentiated Service Delivery

Toolkit on Differentiated Service Delivery Launched at Regional Activist Workshop in South Africa

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The Activist Toolkit: Demanding Differentiated Models of Care and Service Delivery – What Works for Youwas soft launched this week, at a workshop taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa for activists from Asia and southern and east Africa. Developed by the AIDS and Rights Alliance of Southern Africa (ARASA) and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), with the support of the International AIDS Society (IAS), the Toolkit supports communities to engage in and demand recipient-centered models of care, most specifically differentiated antiretroviral therapy (ART) delivery.

The Toolkit – which will be publically launched at the 2017 International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in December – builds upon research conducted last year on the perspectives of PLHIV and health care works in 7 African countries, and a 5-day community workshop held earlier this year.  

“Over the last year, we’ve heard repeatedly that communities want and need more effective ways of access the treatment they need,” says Wame Mosime, ITPC Director of Global Programs and Advocacy. “This new toolkit not only educates people about their own treatment needs, but empowers them to demand better access – whether that’s through more integrated services, task shifting, or new adherence support initiatives.”

“HIV has become a manageable chronic illness, with people living with HIV understanding how their treatment works and the importance of adherence. This toolkit was developed with the aim of strengthening community engagement and demand for recipient–centred models of care, for delivery of antiretroviral therapy. Services should be provided in a way that suits the daily lives of people living with HIV. This makes adhering to treatment easier and respects a rights-based approach to service delivery,” says Michaela Clayton, Director of ARASA.

Interested? Sign-up here to be notified when the toolkit becomes available for download on December 4, 2017!

You can also learn more about differentiated service delivery here, and via Twitter @_ARASAcommsand @ITPCglobal #treatmentthatworks4U