Building Capacity for Action
There is no doubt that wide action is required if we must combat HIV transmission within Australia. However, if such action must result in an effective result, it is necessary for such action to get undertaken by capable individuals. This is because not just any action to get things done. This is where the capacity building becomes essential. It equips individuals and organisation with the capacity to take effective actions.
Capacity-building involves the development and strengthening of the skills, ability, and resources, processes and resources that organisations, institutions, and communities need to thrive in a changing environment. It ensures that they are capable of responding to the realities of an ever-changing environment. Even more, it ensures that results are effective and multidimensional.
Here, there is a large base of affiliated organisations working toward a similar goal of curbing the transmission of HIV in Australia. These affiliates are very diverse as they represent the array of people most affected by the virus, including sex workers, LGBTQ+ community, intersex and transgender community.
The cooperation of these bodies is part of the effort geared towards the goal of ending transmission. It also towards lessening the burden on individuals living with the virus and the country at large. With the representation of a diverse community, they can ensure information dissemination to jack up prevention, reduce stigma and also get people to get tested.
One advantage of working with these groups is their help with tracking new issues, attitudes or trends, which in turn is used in line with the blueprint of combating transmission. Also, they provide peer to peer interactions which give persons living with HIV a chance to meet and relate to people in their shoes. They can receive support from people who go through similar experiences and learn from them on how to live a quality life while efficiently managing their illness.
The capacity building becomes essential to make this work. In this way, communities are well catered for in knowledge and required resources to prevent/ treat the virus. These various actions aimed at the capacity building is multi-faceted. For instance, it includes activities such as conferences that provide adequate information to people.
It also cut across actions like training and workshops. It does not stop here. It extends to national forums where policy discussions emerge. This is because providing support has to be comprehensive. In turn, this is only possible where people are capable of.
In turn, we remain committed to ensuring that there is no limitation to the number of activities aimed at improving existing capacity. We constantly deliver information, resources, and insight that promotes action against HIV. We believe that through this, we are better positioned for positive results.