International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Member profile

Established in 1993, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA) is a global partnership of nationally-based organizations working to support community action on AIDS in developing countries. These partners help local groups and other organizations take action on AIDS, and they are supported by technical expertise, policy work and fundraising carried out across IHAA. It engages in a range of international activities such as support for South–South cooperation, operations research, training, good practice development, policy analysis and advocacy. In 2008, IHAA reached more than 1.3 million people. It stresses the importance of working with people who are most likely to affect or be affected by the spread of HIV. These are often people from marginalized groups who are the most vulnerable and the hardest to reach.

Main activities

IMPACT 2010 – IHAA’s strategic framework for 2008-2010 - has four strategic directions:

  • Scale up quality responses -- Deliver quality community-based HIV programs and increase access to health and social services.
  • Strengthen civil society -- Increase civil society capacity to implement effective community responses.
  • Improve HIV policies -- Strengthen communities’ ability to influence programming and national & international HIV policies.
  • Build an effective Alliance -- Build up an Alliance of national linking organizations working effectively together.

Links to the health workforce crisis

IHAA is a network of independent, locally governed and managed linking organizations. These work as intermediaries; while they might provide some direct services, their main objective is to assist other groups responding to HIV. In some countries, faced with an urgent need for action, IHAA has established country offices. These are governed by IHAA’s international secretariat but led and staffed by nationals. A group of Regional Technical Support Hubs provide most of the Alliance’s technical support. An accreditation system has been designed to guarantee quality. An accredited IHAA member must meet high institutional and programmatic standards, as assessed by peer review.

Call for knowledge information:

Alliance Members are invited to submit any relevant knowledge products such as documents, reports, tools, multimedia, links to specific project web sites by sending an email to The Alliance Secretariat will publish relevant products on the Member's page.

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