The overall aim of most organizations involved in HIV/AIDS-related treatment work is to help communities meet their treatment needs. However, these needs keep changing. It is important to be responsive and to assess needs on an ongoing basis. No group working in treatment can expect to respond to everything, so it is important to keep in touch with new, emerging needs. Even if a group cannot do much about them, it may be able to encourage others to help.
New resources may become available. It is important to look continually and actively for new people, materials and information that will make a difference. However, new resources also bring challenges. They will provide more effective ways of getting things done and keeping up to date, but they may also require new skills, people and materials to use them well.
New linkages will also come along. Others may be starting to do work that is closely connected with your own objectives. The key to finding out how their work will affect your own will be communication - getting to know them and their priorities and making solid connections with them to allow the sharing of information and/or resources.
New resources and linkages for HIV/AIDS-related treatment work:
• accessing new treatment guidelines to facilitate selection of the most appropriate drugs;
• meeting people who can help you by contributing their skills or training your team;
• finding new sources of drugs at reduced prices;
• getting more support from the political and business communities;
• having increased access to e-mail and the Internet, which widens the network of support and brings a lot more information;
• receiving extra funding, which allows the work to expand or keeps your projects going for longer.