Community-Led Action is the Crucial Countermeasure
COMMUNITY-LED ACTION IS THE CRUCIAL COUNTERMEASURE TO ADDRESS HIV, TB, HEPATITIS, COVID-19 AND TO PREVENT FUTURE OUTBREAKS EQUITABLY AND EFFECTIVELY.
In this report, ITPC presents the evidence of the sizeable impact of community-led action. We share the data on how community-led monitoring at health facilities is linked to community resilience and return to full capacity after COVID-19; how ongoing work to secure affordable medicines drives cost savings that allow countries to make scant budgets go further; and how communities are the first to respond in crises, with astute analyses and actions that address and avert service disruptions and emergencies for community members in close to real time.
From this evidence, we move to the argument that community-led action must be considered a crucial countermeasure to address current health issues and prevent future outbreaks. To secure this access, community-led action must be understood, funded, and embraced beyond the HIV-impacted communities where it has been honed and practiced for years as part of transformative, fearless transnational activism.