The title of this publication, From the Ground Up, reflects our desire to establish a new paradigm for sharing the enormous wealth of information stemming from over 20 years of HIV/ AIDS program implementation experience. By reversing the typical “top-down” flow of information, the voices of hundreds of talented professionals on the front lines of the HIV/AIDS response can now be heard by all those who stand to benefit, regardless of their geographic location or position within the vast network of institutions and individuals that comprise the global HIV/AIDS community. While the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has served as the publisher of this text, the methods by which the content was developed are characterized by a remarkable level of collaboration involving hundreds of individuals and their affiliated institutions. A total of over 320 individuals contributed to these three volumes, generously volunteering their time to document an array of efforts in all aspects of HIV care, treatment, and prevention, as well as a host of related issues that constitute a truly comprehensive response to HIV and AIDS.
The chapters contained in the first of these three volumes, “Laying a Strong Foundation,” emphasize the importance of ensuring that a range of critical program components, from workforce capacity to human rights, are in place before embarking on service provision. Such considerations are critical to the success of any comprehensive program, and as such should always be made at the outset of program planning and implementation. The chapters contained in the second volume, “Establishing a Framework for Success,” remind us that the creation of a strong foundation, while critically important, is only the first step. We must then establish a framework of proven strategies, based on the best available scientific evidence, which will guide us in every aspect of our work. The chapters in the third and final volume, “Building Pathways and Partnerships,” show us that once programs are established, the human networks that provide access to and enhancement of the services provided are critical to their ultimate success. Only by ensuring that programs are appropriately linked with the populations they serve and are working in concert with complementary community-based efforts, can we be confident that services will reach those who need them most.
Editors: Richard G. Marlink, Sara J. Teitelman
Authors: Daniel Tarantola, Sofia Gruskin
Published By: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Date: January 1, 2009
Publication Link: http://b.3cdn.net/glaser/515eaa8068b5e71d44_mlbrof7xw.pdf