How communities innovate to respond to COVID-19

Transforming the HIV response: How communities innovate to respond to COVID-19

2020 has been a year unlike any other. COVID-19 has taken hundreds of thousands of lives and has changed the shape of our societies, exposing the stark inequalities in access to healthcare and other basic services around the world. We are surrounded by stories of tragedy and desperation, but the crisis has also spurred people into action and acts of solidarity.

Communities affected by HIV have been the driving force behind some of the most inspiring responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This report showcases the approaches taken by members of the Frontline AIDS partnership. It shares the innovative ways that we have adapted and are still adapting our programmes to meet the demands of these extraordinary times. COVID-19 has shown what is possible when there are both political will and resources invested in what works at scale. Our experience of COVID-19 gives us the hope and evidence that we can build back better in this new era.

‘Business as usual’ will not end new HIV infections or stop people dying from AIDS-related illness. We have come a long way. We have made progress by doing things differently, better – and now is the time to amplify our impact. Our challenge is not just technical or technological: we also want to shift power into the hands of the most marginalised and to overcome entrenched structural issues and violence.

Source: Frontline Aids