Civil Society & Community Partners

International Partners


ICASO has facilitated the inclusion and leadership of communities in the effort to bring about an end to the AIDS pandemic, recognizing the importance of promoting health and human rights as part of this undertaking, since its creation in 1991. Our approach is based policy analysis and strategic information-gathering, with a particular focus on community-based research; building the capacity of community leaders to act as strong advocates and as stewards of community-based structures for HIV mobilization and engagement; advocacy for accountability, for evidence-based and human rights-based approaches, and for the strategic use of HIV resources for maximum impact; and developing networks to support an HIV movement that contributes more broadly to health, human rights and gender equality.


GNP+ is the global network for and by people living with HIV. GNP+ advocates to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. As a network of networks, GNP+ is driven by the needs of people living with HIV worldwide. Based on emancipation and self-determination, GNP+ works with independent and autonomous regional and national networks of people living with HIV in all continents. Under the central theme “Reclaiming Our Lives!”, GNP+ implements an evidence-informed advocacy program focused on:


Human Rights;

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention; and

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of people living with HIV.

The above platforms for action are the means to realize the Global Advocacy Agenda, agreed upon at the 9th International Conference of People Living with HIV/AIDS in 1999 in Warsaw, revalidated at the Nairobi Think Tank Meeting in November 2005, and reaffirmed at LIVING2008: The Positive Leadership Summit in August 2008, Mexico City.

The Global Advocacy Agenda focuses on: promoting access to HIV treatment, care, support and prevention; fighting stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV; and, promoting the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA). GNP+ is the only international network representing all people living with HIV. Elected representatives from the affiliated regional networks form the GNP+ Board.



As a network, we exist to contribute towards securing and improving the quality of life for women living with HIV; including and not limited to:

Informed recognition of human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

Meaningful involvement at local, national, regional and international levels in the entire process that leads to decisions, and the implementation and monitoring of policies and programs that affect the lives of women living with HIV.

Universal access to prevention, care, support and treatment services and information.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights, and freedom of choice regarding sexual identity and practice.

Universal access to economic and legal rights.

Mentoring and building on the participation and involvement of young positive women.


Non-Permanent International Partners

Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)

MSMGF works worldwide against HIV for the health and human rights of men who have sex with men. It is an expanding network of advocates and other experts in health, human rights, research, and policy, working to ensure an effective response to HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men.

International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA)

ICWEA is a regional advocacy network and membership based organization that exists to give visibility to women living with HIV in Eastern Africa. ICWEA believes that gender inequalities and the lack of sexual & reproductive health & rights for women are at the heart of the HIV epidemic.


Regional Partners in Africa

ARASA – AIDS Rights Alliance for Southern Africa

ARASA is a regional partnership of over 90 partnerships working together to promote a human rights-based response to HIV and TB in Southern and East Africa.

ENDA Santé

Enda Santé is an international NGO and member of the Enda Tiers Monde network. It was created in 1988 and works with NGOs/CBOs, and national and international institutions for the implementation of community-oriented programs. Enda Santé works in the field of healthcare aimed at social transformation that is both balanced and qualitative. The organization’s watch and warning ethos applies itself to emerging health issues to allow for new innovative alternatives in physical, mental, and social well-being in which the communities are committed stakeholders.


Solthis aims to strengthen the health system in countries where it operates, to enable them to provide medical care quality, accessible and sustainable, people affected by HIV / AIDS.

To benefit the developing scientific expertise
Solthis is an international medical association dedicated to patients living with HIV / AIDS in developing countries. Created in 2003 at the initiative of four specialists in HIV / AIDS, Solthis aims to establish specific programs by building on the expertise of clinicians, specialists in HIV / AIDS and development.

Act in situ according to the principle of non-substitution: Solthis teams work directly on the ground while respecting the principle of non-substitution. They provide support to local actors without doing it for them. They respond to a request by national authorities and implement their programs after consultation with them.

 Advocate for the division of powers
In the field, Solthis builds local capacity by:

Theoretical training,

Technical support in health centers

Material support,

Aid to developing a national policy to fight against HIV.


Local Partners in South Africa

The South African National AIDS Council

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) is a voluntary association of institutions established by the national cabinet of the South African Government to build consensus across government, civil society and all other stakeholders to drive an enhanced country response to the scourges of HIV, TB and STIs. The Council is not a juristic person. Under the direction of SANAC, the government of South Africa created the South African National AIDS Council Trust as the legal entity that is charged with achieving its aims. The SANAC Secretariat exists to implement the objects of the SANAC Trust established in terms of the Trust Property Control Act. The main objectives of the Council are to:

Foster dialogue between government, civil society and all other stakeholders and to oversee the country’s response to HIV, TB and STIs;

Advise government on HIV and AIDS, TB and STI policy and strategy and related matters;

Strengthen the governance, leadership and management of the response to HIV, TB and STIs at national, provincial, district and local levels;

Strengthen the multi-sectoral response to HIV, TB and STIs as a contribution to the overall social and economic development of South Africa, including but not limited to policy review, program management and co-ordination, technical assistance and capacity building and sectoral support;

Mobilize resources domestically and internationally to finance the response to HIV, TB and STIs, including but not limited to estimating expenditure and resource needs, fund-raising from domestic and international institutions, including Treasury, donor co-ordination and investigating new sources of funding for the multi-sectoral response and the NSP;

Ensure the monitoring of progress against the targets set in the NSP and ensure mid and end of term evaluations for the prevailing NSP;

Create and strengthen partnerships for an expanded national response in South Africa to HIV, TB and STI among government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors of funds, agencies of the United Nations, the South African private sector and people living with HIV, TB and STIs.

Department of Health: South Africa

The Department of Health, South Africa, is concerned with promoting a long and healthy life for all South Africans. Its mission is to improve health status through the prevention of illnesses and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and to consistently improve the healthcare delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.

South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

SAMRC was established in 1969, with a mandate to improve the health of the country’s population through research, development and technology transfer, so that people can enjoy a better quality of life.  The scope of the organization’s research projects includes HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases, gender and health, and alcohol and other drug abuse. With a strategic objective to help strengthen the health systems of the country, SAMRC constantly identifies the main causes of death in South Africa. By analyzing the causes and categories of death, data becomes available to formulate suitable interventions to either prevent diseases in a certain population group, or improve the standard of living of people living with existing medical conditions.  In addressing the ills of the people, the SAMRC has set up a dedicated funding department to pay for the development of novel treatment regimens, especially vaccines, as well as improved diagnostic tools. This project is intended to localize the production of new drugs and devices, and thereby allow the South African economy to grow. SAMRC further distinguishes and awards scientific excellence with its annual Scientific Merit Awards Gala Ceremony. These awards acknowledge the contributions of established scientists on the one hand, while recognizing fresh scientists with ground-breaking efforts in their individual fields of science, engineering and technology.