Building the capacity of indigenous communities in HIV prevention
M E Bird, L Oropeza
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, Oakland, United States
Issues: Indigenous communities/organizations have multiple and competing health priorities and often lack infrastructure to support HIV/AIDS services.
Description: NNAAPC was established in 1987 through federal funding agencies to assist indigenous communities/organizations in the United States in developing and implementing HIV prevention and care programs.
Lessons learned: 1) HIV/AIDS is only one health concern in a multitude of health disparities affecting indigenous communities; 2) Government/bureaucratic systems serving indigenous communities/organizations are often complex and unresponsive; 3) Legislation and public health policy need to address and respond to the lack of HIV/AIDS surveillance systems and funding; 4) Most HIV/AIDS services for indigenous communities have been primarily provided by non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and 5) Indigenous serving-NGOs require long-term capacity building assistance and resources to create viable and competitive organizations.
Recommendations: Education/understanding of historical and cultural context of indigenous people is critical to building the capacity of indigenous communities/organizations. Collaborative efforts across indigenous and non-indigenous communities/organizations working in all areas of public health is critical to addressing and meeting the service needs of indigenous people.
The XV International AIDS Conference
Abstract no. D12920
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