The following is a reflection on the value of networking
in AIDS work by Elizabeth Reid, former director, HIV and Development Programme,
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In the process of creating these networks, we are learning
that they are fragile entities, difficult to get established and to sustain.
They require much commitment and patience from their members, particularly their
founding members. But we are also learning that they form an essential part of
the community response to the epidemic. Without them, people are often merely
told what others think they should do. With them, we can strengthen the process
of questioning, reflection and learning. They are the places in which an
individual in search of help can go, spaces in which communities can seek to
understand how, wisely and humanely, they can respond.
Source: Networks on Ethics, Law and HIV:
Providing a Framework for Difficult Discussions, in Newsletter of the
African Network on Ethics, Law and HIV, No. 1, June