Thematic Segment: Panel on Communities Service Delivery
To be delivered by Simran Shaikh, NGO Delegation Asia Pacific
Thank You Chair.
We are hearing it loud in this session that communities must be involved in policy formulation, program design and service delivery. We are talking and making sure that we, key populations, are counted – this is about how wide our spaces are for us to participate.
The HIV epidemics are constantly changing and evolving globally and we need to stay vigilant – vigilance for possible emerging vulnerabilities to HIV. For instance, conflict situations, disasters and other humanitarian emergencies make people flee their homes, increasing their vulnerabilities in many aspects of their lives, including their health.
Specific HIV interventions for key populations vary from country to country, and region to region. Unfortunately the political environment can be unstable — and such political changes result to changes in policies, programming and financing. And as such, involvement of civil societies and communities is endangered and sometimes, being put under threat.
Having said that, there are positive examples. India has one of these good examples. The Indian National AIDS Control Organization, along with civil society organizations, have set up specific HIV prevention programs for communities, including those of key populations, aiming to to reduce new HIV cases.
The new Political Declaration, that we, civil society have our serious reservations and concerns about, has set the targets to allocate 30% of the global AIDS resources to community-led service delivery. This is a promising target and we do hope it will become a reality now. However, we remain vigilant that this allocation must not become an excuse for governments to put down their tools and forget their mandates and responsibilities in the AIDS response.
Community-led and community-based service delivery enable us to reach those who are left behind, that are very critical in reaching the Fast Track targets. For this, we ask the Joint Programme to develop indicators for community engagement on service delivery for the 2017-2021 GARPR indicator framework.