Action-aid international Sierra Leone has unveiled their unique methodology known as Societies Tackling Aids through Rights (STAR).
Introducing the initiative yesterday at a press conference at Action Aid head office in Lumley, Alice Neneh James, the HIV and AIDS Coordinator at Action Aid explained that the initiative was going to be a participatory approach that will actively support the participation of the poor and excluded especially women and girls with those living with HIV and AIDS.
Explaining why STAR was unique she said it was because it will use gender rights as the basis for community empowerment and response and it will also enable communities build solidarity and capacity to demand rights and access to basic services for people living with HIV. She also stated that it will ensure that a sustained community response to HIV and AIDS through a continuous build up of people calling for greater change and action.
The coordinator also emphasized the greater change as the key agents will target family, government and communities that have direct bearing on traditions and unwritten laws to be central to HIV and AIDS. She thus stated that government has a duty to provide the necessary services to its people including HIV prevention, care and treatment.
She explained the processes they will be undertaking from facilitation, reflection, dialogue, learning to actions that will address issues that affect the communities.
The Country Director of Action Aid Tennyson Williams said despite their approach in alleviating poverty, they were looking beyond the peoples’ need taking in to consideration their rights and their relationship with the government. The STAR approach shall be launched today at the British Council.