On Human Rights Day, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) is proud to announce that our Advocacy for Community Treatment (ACT) Toolkit is now available in English, French, Spanish and Russian. The ACT Toolkit facilitates community activists to become effective advocates for HIV treatment access. It includes a special focus on supporting key populations and ensuring everyone’s right to health is respected.
Topics covered in the participatory Toolkit include: the science of HIV, the relationship between human rights and treatment, how trade impacts the availability of medicines, financing for health and community advocacy planning. The Toolkit provides critical education on opportunities and barriers for treatment scale-up, as well as practical guidance on how to mobilize communities.
The Toolkit was produced under Bridging the Gaps – health and rights for key populations. As part of the 2013-2015 Bridging the Gaps programme, ITPC provides US$480,000 in grant funding to 18 grassroots initiatives by and for key affected populations of people living with HIV. The ACT Toolkit provides key population groups an additional resource for developing treatment advocacy skills.
To support grassroots groups to develop their own workshops, a series of PowerPoint presentations that correspond to the main Toolkit sections are also available. Community organizations are encouraged to select the modules most relevant to their context and develop tailored trainings to meet the needs of local activists.
Download the ACT Toolkit