A short workshop on ACP in Dimapur helped me a lot on understanding of ACP in practice with community. It made a way for me to Aizawl workshop on ACP held in Nov’ 2009. A great vision from ACP scholars was realized by me. It gave me a new shape on ACP than Dimapur. The true vision of ACP was seen in Dinthar village and ITI site in Aizawl. A highly successful community based approach of the Community Health Action Network (CHAN), Aizawl towards life competence. Here, thanks to the promoter - Constellation for AIDS Competence for giving me a scope to deal with real competence.

Aizawl workshop was my study experience on human behaviours towards challenges of establishing ACP with mixed community population in the shape of diversity. Again, my understanding was dashing with experiences and finally reshaping it for taking consideration of community development (life competence) than aidscompetence which is better approach to reach aidscompetence in the long run.

My study experience realizes that development & health is most appropriate approach in the current situation of the present community set up than health & development. It is happening everywhere and Dinthar in Aizawl is one of the experiences where most priority towards development demanded by the affected people than health found in their dream for half way home and finally it assists to health.

My experience is sharing of two different community competences for prevention of HIV/AIDS. One is NACP – III is working with core group competence and secondly constellation is working for competence of entire community population. Co-existence is most urgent for aidscompetence. Stigma & discrimination is factor & actor for co-existence.

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Comment by Joma on October 30, 2009 at 7:19am
Dear Pervez

What I have observe with you is that, you might think you learnt something from the Mizoram Experience. But what I want to mention is that you have already implemented/ Transfer what you have learnt. With this words you put it also gives us the Support/Stimulate Appreciate, Learn and Transfer the outcome of the visit.

Thankyou so much.

As Laurence experience in PNG. HIV or Health only is always not the priority but Responding different issue through Integrated Mission Process, Developing the Capacity of the people and when people understand HIV/Health is only a part of the community issue, the acceptance/normalization on HIV( AIDS competence) will be witness.

It gives us a good spirit to learn from you, the way you learn the experiences or practice here.

Regards

Joma
Aizawl, Mizoramm
Comment by Laurence Gilliot on October 29, 2009 at 9:05am
Dear Parvez,

Thank you so much for sharing what you learned.

Could you explain more about why an approach of development & health is better than health & development? I want to make sure that I understood you well because I find the idea very interesting. Maybe you can give on example?
My experience in Papua New Guinea is also that health or HIV are not always the priority for people but almost always employment. People acknowledge that if they have income, it reduces the risk to get infected with HIV. So, development and health are inter-connected. And when we work on development, health improves as well.

Thank you in advance for your explanation.

Laurence
Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on October 28, 2009 at 10:21pm
Dear Parvez,

Thanks for your sharing. I remember a quiet Parvez before the first community visit at Dinthar and a very excited Parvez thereafter, a great facilitator in the second Dinthar community visit and a wonderful contributor to our India competence dream in the ITI community.

Keep the spirit going! We need to learn a lot from your experience with truckers.

Best regards,

Rituu

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