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Lau Gooey, Suzanne
The Greater Involvement of People Living with and Affected by HIV and AIDS (GIPA): NGO Experiences and Implications for the Work of Oxfam International and Oxfam Australia
July 2006, 50 pp

Reproduced with the kind permission of Oxfam Australia.


"An underlying principle that is widely supported as being crucial to an effective response to HIV and AIDS is the principle of the greater involvement of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS (GIPA). GIPA means acknowledging and enabling the meaningful contribution of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) to addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

PLWHA have the greatest experience of dealing with HIV and AIDS and must be active participants in Oxfam’s response to the epidemic. While the organisation has policies in place that address this, organisational commitment must extend to implementing policies to ensure that PLWHA are actively involved, that their leadership and advocacy capacity is built, and that enabling environments are created where they feel able to openly participate.

People living with HIV (PLHIV) and PLHIV organisations can be meaningfully involved in many levels of the response to HIV and AIDS, if given the skills, resources and opportunities to do so."

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