‘Getting Representation Right’: Lessons from PLHIV Experience on Global Fund Country Co-ordinating Mechanisms & National AIDS Councils in Southern Africa
Globally, the SADC region has the highest number of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV), yet their voices are seldom heard in the decision-making process. The meaningful involvement of PLHIV is a widely acknowledged global principle and they should be at the heart of efforts to influence the global agenda and resource allocation, however, this is often not the case. In recognition of this, NAPSAR+ hosted an advocacy workshop for southern African members of networks of people living with HIV and AIDS on 28 June-2 July 2010 at Esibayeni Lodge, Matsapha, Swaziland. This workshop was an attempt at building the capacity of PLHIV networks in order to ensure that the voices of PLHIV in southern Africa are heard. The workshop report chronicles the shared experience of the PLHIV workshop participants representing communities on National AIDS Councils (NACs) and Country Co-ordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) for the Global Fund, as well the challenges they face.