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While community’s role in service delivery and programme design is well recognized, less discussed is its role as an innovator in the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In order to reach global HIV targets, communities need to work in close partnership with government. Current levels of investment will not ensure the growth of sustained community responses, and this must change if 90-90-90 targets are to be met. This session addresses the crucial role of community in service provision to key populations, as well as community’s innovative role in filling in service gaps not reached by the government sector.
This session is targeted towards national programmers, governments, donors, UN agencies and community members. Participants will hear examples of innovative approaches led by communities working in partnership with government and other sectors and learn that an empowered and sustained community response means better investment in community core activities.

14:30
THSY0901
Introduction of panellists
14:35
THSY0902
Overview of community-led HIV responses and the need to invest in core funding
Alessandra Nilo, Gestos, Brazil
14:45
THSY0903
Moderated panel discussion
Andriy Klepikov, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Ukraine
Alma de León, International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), Guatemala
Nkhensani Mavasa, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), South Africa
Niluka Perera, Youth Voices Count, Thailand
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15:40
THSY0904
Q&A from the floor
15:55
THSY0905
Closing remarks