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Strategic Pillars

Overview

This pillar encompasses ZNNP+’s efforts not only to advocate for the availability of services for people infected and affected by HIV, but also to create demand for these services so that their uptake among communities is enhanced. Advocacy is the mainstay of ZNNP+’s mandate. In its basic form, advocacy is the act of speaking on behalf of or in support of another person, place, or thing. According to WHO (2004), advocacy for HIV & AIDS is the combined effort of a group of individuals or organisations to persuade influencial individuals, groups and organisations through various activities to adopt an effective approach to HIV & AIDS as quickly as possible. Advocacy also aims at starting, maintaining, or increasing specific activities to a scale where they will effectively prevent HIV transmission among specific population groups and assist in treatment, care and support of PLHIV .

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Community systems strengthening (CSS) is an approach that promotes the development of informed, capable and coordinated communities and community-based organisations, groups and structures. CSS involves a broad range of community actors, enabling them to contribute as equal partners alongside other actors to the long-term sustainability of health and other interventions at the community level, including an enabling and responsive environment in which these contributions can be effecctve. The goal of CSS is to achieve improved health outcomes by developing the role of key affected populations and communities and of community -based organisations in the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of services and activities related to prevention, treatment, care and support for people affected by HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and other major health challenges .

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A coordinated response to HIV & AIDS remains one of the biggest challenges facing policy makers today, especially as the number of health actors continues to proliferate exponentially. Although new actors bring new resources for health, increased flexibility and creativity, all of these require effective coordination. Similarly, the diversity and complexity of relations amongst multiple actors, may also weaken the already fragile health systems, thereby undermining their efficiency, effectiveness and equity. It is increasingly recognised that no single sector can address the multiple drivers and impacts of HIV and AIDS, and that integrated, multi -level efforts by government, working together with other sectors including civil society and the private sector, are urgently needed .

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Knowledge management (KM) is the systematic management of an organisation's knowledge assets to create value and meet tactical and strategic requirements. It consists of the initiatives, processes, strategies and s ystems that sustain and enhance the storage, assessment, sharing, refinement and creation of knowledge. While raw data are important, it is often more important to focus on information products that support the direct transfer of useful knowledge to those responsible for decision making. In other words, if we want our efforts to be effective, we need to share knowledge about what works, why it works and how others can replicate it.

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