The Political Declaration on Tuberculosis is a turning point in generating the necessary political awareness and financial commitments to end TB. With TB being the number one killer of people living with HIV, the two diseases are closely linked. This guide calls on the TB and HIV communities to join forces for a collaborative response. In order to see real success, governments must commit the resources and policies necessary to drive implementation in their countries at national, regional, and local levels to reach the targets laid out in the Political Declaration. This guide presents a breakdown of the Political Declaration for a Canadian audience, which includes those working to end … Read more
<span class="publication-category-title-img-wrapper from-url"><img src="http://www.icad-cisd.com/wp-content/uploads/ico-pub-cat-06.png" class="publication-category-title-img" alt="" /></span><span class="publication-category-title-link">Community and Health Systems Strengthening</span>
An effective HIV response requires community and health systems that are robust, highly integrated and well supported. Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) focuses on the establishment of well-functioning health systems, which are built on having “trained and motivated health workers, a well-maintained infrastructure, and a reliable supply of medicines and technologies, backed by adequate funding, strong health plans and evidence-based policies.”
Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) recognizes that health outcomes are determined beyond health systems. According to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, “the goal of community systems strengthening (CSS) is to develop the roles of key affected populations and communities, community organizations and networks, and public- or private-sector actors that work in partnership with civil society at the community level, in the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of services and activities aimed at improving health. CSS has a strong focus on capacity building and on human and financial resources, with the aim of enabling communities and community actors to play a full and effective role alongside health and social welfare systems.”
ICAD works to support the development of a robust and well-supported civil society through capacity building efforts for frontline service providers and through engagement with, and support of, national and international networks.