The first Positive Action grant, given in 2001, was instrumental in scaling up our programme from its original UK focus. With Positive Action’s support, we developed a directory of HIV services for patients, mapping them by country. The final project, named HIV&AIDS Organisations Worldwide, was published and distributed to all 2,500 listed organisations in 189 countries. The network created by the project allowed organisations to share experiences and advice as well as collaborate on projects.
With the roll-out of antiretrovirals in resource-limited settings, NAM realised the need for providing information to help communities and services adapt to the change. Having built a network of HIV organisations, we were in a good position to provide the information. One initiative developed for this was an electronic newsletter. It provided vital support and is still reaching around 35,000 people today. Its main focus is to provide updates on issues surrounding HIV treatment.
Another very successful initiative supported by Positive Action is the development of electronic bulletins from important HIV conferences. For last year’s International AIDS Conference alone we had over 50,000 subscribers situated all over world. Within 24 hours of the conference, subscribers were able to access a local translation as well as read about the data’s implications for delivering quality treatment and care.
The most recent project that Positive Action has supported is the Electronic-Atlas project. It is an online resource where users can click on a country and access locally relevant information. This will include the latest HIV news, translated patient information, information about organisations or resources and best practice advice. The goal is that over time it will become an interactive resource where users can upload, access and share resources, enabling the delivery of better quality treatment and care.