The HIV/AIDS Working Group combats the HIV/AIDS crisis by ensuring that HIV/AIDS programming is adequately integrated into effective child survival, maternal health, and primary health care services as part of a community-based and holistic approach.
The HIV/AIDS Working Group is a voluntary working group that draws from the vast knowledge and expertise of its members. The Working Group is chaired by volunteers, who pull together the Working Group members to develop and implement an annual work plan. Working Group co-chairs are listed below.
HIV/AIDS Working Group Co-Chairs:
Overview & History
The HIV/AIDS Working Group meets twice a year during the bi-annual CORE meetings. In addition, HIV/AIDS WG members convene once a quarter in a virtual meeting to discuss progress on workplans and strategize on advancing WG priorities. In addition, the HIV/AIDS WG typically hosts at least one in-person SOTA in the DC area annually. HIV/AIDS WG members oftentimes host Elluminate sessions for the CORE community. If you are interested in participating in such a SOTA or hosting an Elluminate session, please contact one of the HIV/AIDS WG co-chairs listed below.
The HIV/AIDS WG typically selects key programmatic areas of focus for its annual workplan in order to ensure WG focus on similar topics. The selected topics currently for the HIV/AIDS WG are integration and early childhood development. While these key topics are focus areas for the annual workplan, the WG is flexible and open to all ideas for virtual and in-person sessions.
The HIV/AIDS WG was established in 2002 in response to the growing importance of HIV/AIDS programming to CORE Group membership. Since its inception, the WG has focused on the intersections between MCH and HIV/AIDS, 2 historically silo-ed areas of programming with much to offer each other. Obvious areas of overlap/intersection include OVC, PMTCT and pediatric AIDS, but with the advent of other programming areas for CORE outside of MCH mainstream, such as TB, opportunities for collaboration and coordination on issues of co-infection and lessons sharing on ACSM, stigma, adherence also have presented themselves.
The HIV/AIDS Working Group is currently working on an Integration Toolkit in coordination with MCHIP and the K4Health programs. The Toolkit is designed to pull together as many resources, tools, information as possible on integrated programming as a practical resource repository for health and development program designers and implementers.
Working Group Tools/Resources
- CORE Group Case Study: Integrating TB and HIV Care in Mozambique: Lessons from an HIV Clinic in Beira
- Improving Access to and Use of Quality Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Services: A Checklist for Community-Based Health Projects (2006) & Appendices
- PCI Say & Play Kit
Working Group Meetings and Reports
Zambia Food By Prescription Pilot Study: This ground-breaking pilot represents an important contribution to the growing body of knowledge about programming nutrition rehabilitation alongside HIV care and treatment. Designed to treat and prevent acute malnutrition in HIV-positive individuals, Food by Prescription provides a full package of nutrition support (assessment, education and counseling) and where necessary, a short term food commodity. The full report is available at http://www.crsprogramquality.org/publications/2011/5/19/food-by-prescription-pilot-project-in-zambia.html