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Asian Ng Os Adopt A Strengths Based Approach To[1]

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  • A slide showing that ownership precedes prevention, care and mitigation. Prevention, care and mitigation are necessary but not sufficient. Stimulating local ownership is the missing element in the global strategy. We acknowledge that communities need condoms, ARVs and commodities to repond to the issue. However, our experiences tells us that the community response (ownership) is essential.
  • Community takes actions from strengths not from problems/weaknesses
  • Facilitation teams support the spread of AIDS Competence
  • Stories from Philippines (street children in Iloilo acknowledge, address vulnerabilities, measure their own progress), India (inclusion of infected woman (see story from Jayakar) ) (mobilizing resources with Indian sex workers story from Prabakar), etc. People identify and address their vulnerabilities Ex: Street children in the Philippines assess their risk and go back to school Change in the way of working Ex: Youth in Walis Station focuses more on strengths Communities mobilize their own and external resources Ex: Sex workers in India set up a savings fund Improved situation of PLHIV and affected people Ex: In India several communities started to include PLHIV like Koteshwari Through SALT approach, saving group members of women have started including PLHIV in the group. A HIV positive woman, Koteshwari, was deserted by her husband. Her community also ostracized her. However, with SALT approach the community accepted her and provided her help. Similarly a group of PLHIV in Guntur District had lost hope. With group discussions during a SALT visit, they realized that by their efforts they could save their families and other from the epidemic. They are now engaged in awareness, arranging ART and in efforts to support themselves financially.

Asian Ng Os Adopt A Strengths Based Approach To[1] Asian Ng Os Adopt A Strengths Based Approach To[1] Presentation Transcript

  • AIDS Competence in Thailand, Papua New Guinea, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia Asian NGOs adopt a strength-based approach to let community take the issue of HIV in their own hands
    • Project with the Asian Development Bank
    • (mid-2007 to mid-2009)
    • In 6 Asian countries (Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand)
    • 437 NGO and CBO facilitators
    • 543 communities
    • The Constellation
    • Build capacity of NGO facilitators on the AIDS Competence Process (ACP)
    • NGO facilitators facilitate the process with their communities to become AIDS competent
    W hat happened?
    • Prevention
    • Care
    • Mitigation
  • Another way of thinking Community has problems, needs help
      • Community has capacity to
      • respond
    We help, teach, and provide to the community
      • We listen and learn to
      • understand the community
      • better, and facilitate
      • responses
    We identify problems and respond to needs
      • We reveal strengths
    Community does not feel ownership
      • Community feels ownership
  • Another way of working
    • We build on the strengths of communities
    • We work as a SALT team
      • S : Stimulate, Support
      • A : Appreciate
      • L : Listen, Learn, Link
      • T : Transfer, Team
    • We support communities to become AIDS Competent
  • Methods and tools
    • Promote and facilitate local ownership:
      • SALT visits
      • Dream building
      • Self-assessment
      • Self-measurement
      • … .
    • « Projects will come and go but I’m confident that this approach will last. » (Father Joe, India)
    • “ ACP helped destroy the old way of working, especially among those working in various agencies and helped them open up more”.
    • “ It promotes tremendous sharing and learning in communities”
    • “ ACP helps people see their own capacities. They no longer need anyone to tell them who should do what. It stimulates people to want to improve themselves”.
    • “ The villagers told me I’d changed. I used to work the sausage way: trying to stuff all kinds of things into the community. And I used to talk a lot. Now, I am listening more, reflect more, and encourage the villagers to reflect and to express themselves more” (Anuwat, Thailand)
    What NGOs think about the AIDS Competence Process
        • Open discussions
        • Community self assess their own strengths and what to improve in their response to HIV/AIDS, develop their own action plans, measure their own progress
        • Change in their way of working
        • Communities mobilize their own and external resources
        • People identify and address their vulnerabilities
        • Community owns the issue and the response
    Results in communities
  • Thank you for your attention our website www.aidscompetence.org our community www.aidscompetence.ning.com