I'm posting this to the members of Ning and in particular to those who attended the Fair in Chiang Mai last week. It was a great opportunity to meet and talk with all the participants at the Fair, meet old friends and make some new ones. My apologies for missing the first day of site visits but I did make time over the weekend to meet with the staff from Violet Home separately so that was useful for me..
From my own personal perspective I would like to get a sense of what the key take home message from the meeting was.
For me personally I would say my take home message is acknowledging the value of the lived experience and how we should build collectively on lessons learned while at the same time being realistic and pragmatic about the huge challenges we all face in addressing the HIV pandemic within our communities be it prevention treatment care and support or whatever.
Our stories are all equally valuable but unless we can channel them and the messages therein into something that has real impact then they will just remain stories. The ACP tools therefore and the SALT process really somehow need to better reflect that and have the flexibility to be adapted and modified given the diversity of communities and the challenges faced. I believe we all have the capability to acknowledge our flaws if we are honest enough and the capacity to learn and share from others to address them in practical ways.
Thanks for reading this and I really hope to hear from others your thoughts and reflections on how organizations can benefit from similar processes in the future.
Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV, Bangkok