ICW/W4GF Brief: Strengthening Community Responses and women and girls

As defined by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) Framework was created and designed to support the development of functional community organisations and networks, and build the capacity of existing community sector organisations to monitor health and human rights services and programs; to advocate for change and accountability; to strengthen community organising and mobilisation; and to deliver services effectively.

Over the last three decades, community-based responses have been the back bone of the health response. The investments towards the engagement and participation of communities – shaping and driving the response has led to many gains – including leveraging ‘lived experience’ and an understanding of what does/does not work for women in communities. Communities of people living with and/or affected by HIV, TB and malaria have delivered effective services that reach marginalised and hidden populations. These gains cannot be lost and should be accelerated for great impact, for increased investments need to be made in programmes and interventions that have a link to effectiveness of communities responses, especially amongst groups and communities of women and girls.

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