New Community Monitoring Report Highlights HIV Treatment Barriers Among People Who Inject Drugs in Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan

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Global and regional data can mask national and local disparities and immense inequalities in ART access across communities and among key populations, including people who inject drugs (PWID). Luckily, community-led monitoring can deliver more accurate and complete information about the realities that people living with HIV experience.

That’s why ITPC is proud to release its latest community monitoring report: Missing the Target 12: Barriers to HIV Treatment Access Among People Who Inject Drugs

The report summarizes peer-led research conducted by organizations of people living with HIV in Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan between December 2016 to December 2017 and the subsequent advocacy recommendations and activities to carry out throughout 2018 and 2019. It documents access to, and quality of HIV services among people who inject drugs and the stigma, discrimination, and disclosure issues that they grapple with.

It was jointly developed by the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), Mainline International and Nai Zindagi Trust in Pakistan; and with our partners ITPCru, AIDS Foundation East West (AFEW) International and Partnership Network Association in Kyrgyzstan, under the Bridging the Gaps – Health and Rights for Key Populations programme.

The Missing the Target (MTT) report series is part of ITPC’s Watch What Matters campaign, which is a community-led monitoring and research initiative focused on capacity building and advocacy. Instead of waiting for researchers or development institutions to shed light on issues that have an impact on people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their communities, the power goes directly into the hands of affected communities. The MTT process includes empowerment of communities in research methods, provision of seed grants to undertake research, analysis, and development of the report. The MTT reports expose critical gaps in the HIV response earlier, and they empower people to advocate for solutions to these gaps.

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