Connecting local responses around the world
Many thanks for initiating this discussion, Ricardo.
People link care and prevention withourt a problem. "Experts" don't.
Why is that, I wonder?
Ricardo thank you for opening up this discussion - which I feel draws us deeper into the experience and true meaning of SALT. I believe the practise of ACP and Community Life Competence has always provided an open door for the experience of care as you describe it above. But I also think, we have to take the challenge to be even more specific about how this happens as we facilitate and transfer this approach within communities and organisations. For me, I have always understood the 'tools' of the ACP process to sit inside the strategy of local response and SALT to be the disposition that holds it all together. In the Salvation Army experience, the experience of local response came to be articulated and understood through several strategic actions which included 1. systematic home visits, 2. neighbour to neighbour conversation, 3. community conversation/couseling, 4. community measurement, 5. community to community transfer. Tools such as the dream, self-assessment, etc sit inside this progression that teams are very consciously facilitating. The recent visit to Ethiopia and the video clips from partners clearly articulate this link between systematic home visits, care and prevention. JL is right in his reflection that people and communities get this link much more quickly then 'experts'. I think we can also take the challenge as the Constellation to more explicitly draw this out in terms of what we capture and share from our experience and how we facilitate the process with partners.
You article is indeed very touching and also touches important aspect of the saring. There is a sayin "Sharing is caring" this means that when we take responsilblity thourgh sharing we are eventually caring. In this sence it is not limmitted to the what you rightly termed as Health caring, Home based care etc... but goes further to responsbile behaviour which at the end leads to prevention. Surely when dealing with community, we must try in as much as possible to explore and widen the scope while ensuring that the community becomes core in every bit of the understanding of the context.
Therrefore, thank you for sharing you experience whihc itotalluy agree with.
Lino Baba Diye,
There are definitely opportunities to explore care and support in the context of HIV further.
Have you read recent papers produced by the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development http://www.aidsconsortium.org.uk/Care&Support/Care&Support_...
The two documents lay out some clear recommendations for how to advocate for and implement care and support related services.
1) care and support: the forgotten pillar of the HIV response
2) HIV care and support roadmap to achieving universal access to care and support by 2015.
One key message: identify the gaps in evidence and conduct research on the need for an impact of care and support and draw together best practice on effective comprehensive care and support services that realises the rights of carers.
Please find some experiences on Care and prevention at this link
Here is a video uploaded by Phil where Gaston shares his personal experience on how Care is linked to prevention.
The clipping was really fantastic drawing the linkage between how 'enhancement of care quiotient' could add on to prevention. Thanks for sharing
Hi Ricardo and friends,
I LOVE this video from John-Pierre where he explains how he links care with prevention with the street children he works with in the Philippines. "We give them condoms because we deeply care for them." http://aidscompetence.ning.com/video/keeping-in-touch-with-our