GREATER INVOLVEMENT OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS (GIPA)
“Support a greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS through an initiative to strengthen the capacity and coordination of networks of people living with HIV/AIDS and community-based organizations. By ensuring their full involvement in our common response to the pandemic at all – national, regional and global – levels, this initiative will, in particular, stimulate the creation of supportive political, legal and social environments.”
The Paris Declaration, 1 December 2004
The GIPA Principle, declared at the Paris Declaration in 1994 and formally adopted by the UNAIDS in 1999, affirms that people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) should be fully involved and integrated in the development of policies related to and programs providing HIV research, care, prevention, and treatment. PLWHAs contribute unique personal experiences and perspectives that are helpful to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Still, the GIPA principles’ have not been acknowledged and PLWHAs continue to be excluded. The empowerment of positive people is essential to facilitate a constructive and enduring HIV/AIDS response.
- To support the greater involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) through initiatives to strengthen the capacity of and coordination of networks of PLWHA and CBOs stimulating the creation of a supportive political, legal and social environment;
- To involve PLWHA fully in decision making, formulation and implementation of public policies;
- To protect and promote the rights of individuals, in particular those living with or most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, through legal and social environments;
- To make available necessary resources to better combat the pandemic including adequate support for PLWHA, NGOs and CBOs working with vulnerable and marginalized populations
World Health Organisation Jakarta Declaration
Health promotion is a key investment
Health is a basic human right and is essential for social and economic development. Increasingly, health promotion is being recognized as an essential element of health development. It is a process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Health promotion, through investment and action, has a marked impact on the determinants of health so as to create the greatest health gain for people, to contribute significantly to the reduction of inequities in health, to further human rights, and to build social capital. The ultimate goal is to increase health expectancy, and to narrow the gap in health expectancy between countries and groups.
The National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA)
Declaration of rights for people living with HIV/AIDS
Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS
A position paper that lobby's governments worldwide to recognise the impact of HIV/AIDS and provides a clear response that governments should take.