Civil Society Consultation: 2013 WHO Consolidated ARV Guidelines

Published: November 8, 2012

What are the guidelines?

Responding to the emergence of new scientific evidence, WHO is in the process of developing a revised and consolidated set of guidelines related to the use of anti-retroviral treatment (ARV) for HIV treatment and prevention.  These guidelines will prioritise people living with HIV and those most at risk of acquiring HIV, and aim to accelerate progress towards universal access to HIV diagnostics, treatment, care and support. The guidelines are planned for release in early 2013. Previous versions can be found here.
What is the consultation?

The new generation of guidelines will include, in addition to the customary clinical guidance, operational and service delivery guidance and programmatic guidance targeted towards HIV programme managers.  This will help countries make the best strategic decisions on the use of ARVs.

Recognising that it is critical for the guidelines to reflect the realities of the lives of people and communities living with and affected by HIV, and of civil society, WHO seeks to undertake a consultative process with communities to inform the revised, consolidated guidelines.

To support communities’ active role in informing the guidelines the Alliance and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), in collaboration with WHO, are conducting an online e-survey and an online e-forum discussion.  Further details can be found below.

A Civil Society Working Group has been formed to guide the content and process of consultation and promote the effective and inclusive engagement of communities.
How can I take part?

Opportunities to feed into the process include:

    An online survey available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic (7th November 2012– 14th January 2013). Instructions on how to access the e-survey will be announced on 7th November.
    E-Forum discussions providing opportunities for more in-depth qualitative discussions around key technical issues and areas of concern (12th November 2012 – 14th January 2013).

To stay informed, and prepare for the consultation, sign up for our consultation eForum discussions by sending a blank email to the following e-mail address:

    English – join-ARVen@eforums.healthdev.org
    Spanish – join-ARVes@eForums.healthdev.org
    French – join-ARVfr@eForums.healthdev.org
    Russian – join-ARVru@eForums.healthdev.org
    Arabic – join-ARVar@eForums.healthdev.org

You will receive a confirmation email by return.

The WHO Civil Society Reference Group looks forward to your participation and support in this critically important process.

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