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close this bookA Strategic Approach Towards an AIDS-competent Society (Technical Note no.1) (UNAIDS, 2000, 9 p.)
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View the documentStep 1 Creating AIDS competence
View the documentStep 2 The development, by consensus, of a national strategy on HIV/AIDS, based on local responses
View the documentStep 3 Appointing a national facilitator for local responses to HIV/AIDS
View the documentStep 4 Establishing a local responses support team at district level
View the documentStep 5 Understanding the epidemic and identifying key social groups
View the documentStep 6 Developing local partnerships
View the documentStep 7 Learning from action
View the documentStep 8 Sector reforms to enhance sectoral AIDS competence
View the documentStep 9 Encouraging the proliferation of AIDS competence

Step 9 Encouraging the proliferation of AIDS competence

Communities should share their experiences with other communities, knowing that success is possible and that the threat of HIV/AIDS can be controlled. Front-line workers should share their experiences with their peers, who face similar problems under different conditions. The local response support teams should encourage these exchanges, structuring the process so that political decision makers also have access to the documented experiences. This should lead to greater political commitment and a more vigorous and coherent national response.

From these interactions at local, district and national levels, some universal lessons will be derived, which in turn can be shared on a global level with those working to develop AIDS competence in other societies.