Working in partnership with private sector to amplify advocacy for greater access to HIV treatment
From 2012 to 2016 B-Change forged a ground breaking collaboration with Levi Strauss Foundation to build the capacity of community-based organisations to use the power of social media to amplify advocacy of equitable access to HIV treatment.
Initiative kicked-off when 60 community activists from across the globe gathered in Washington D.C. for a summit to learn how technology can amplify their advocacy. The summit - entitled Advocacy[2.0] - was held on the sidelines of the 19th International AIDS Conference. From that summit the HIV Advocates platform and online community was born.
By working in collaboration with communications agency PRDA (Hong Kong) HIV Advocates achieved the following results:
- 30+ stories published documenting successful community advocacy strategies from around the world
- A library built featuring tech-based resources to help amply advocacy to digital communities
- A multilingual social media community of +50,000 worldwide rallied to support greater access to HIV prevention and treatment across global and China-based social media platforms.
- Fielded requests for assistance by hundreds of people around the world looking for credible HIV information and referrals to inclusive and community-friendly health providers.
- Comparative analysis and research conducted on the capacity-challenges for community organisations to maximise social media and other technologies in their work.
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Working in partnership with regional human rights frameworks to support advocacy for LGBTI inclusion
By joining the Being LGBT in Asia initiative as a social media partner in 2013 B-Change worked side-by-side with the United Nations Development Programme, USAID, the Swedish Embassy, Bangkok and community organisations from across Asia to implement the region's first United Nations supported initiative advocating for inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, gay, trans and intersex people .
B-Change's contribution to Being LGBT in Asia includes:
- 13 episodes of the 'Stories of Being Me' documentary web-series, supporting emerging filmmakers across East, Southeast and South Asia. See Series I and Series II on YouTube.
- Social media platforms BE and PLUS designed to engage online communities on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity with following of 25,000 region-wide.
- Educational resources on sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual health and HIV
- Three thematic videos exploring the human rights challenges of faced by LGBTI in Asia. These videos were screened at the Being LGBTI in Asia Regional Dialogue held at UN Regional Headquarters in Bangkok in February 2015. A collaboration with creative agency LoveFrankie (Bangkok).
- Webinars (e.g. Cyberbullying & LGBTI in Asia, June 2015) and other activities (e.g. educational resource on cyberbullying) designed to strengthen the capacity of LGBTI organisations to improve their use of social media towards their mission.
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Working in partnership with international development agencies to build the capacity of community organisations.
B-Change has worked with FHI360, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Levi Strauss Foundation, UNAIDS, USAID and other international development agencies to build the capacity of community-based organisations to use social media and other technologies to provide HIV services in Algeria, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Morocco, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Tunisia.
B-Change is technical partner to the LINKAGES global program and an accredited vendor for USAID-supported programmes.
Highlights from the field:
- Explore research and recommendations that B-Change contributed at USAID's 'Innovative Uses of Communication Technology for HIV Programming for MSM and TG Populations' meeting held in Washington D.C. in May 2013.
- Blog post: 'B-Change helps community groups strengthen online HIV prevention work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)'
B-Change has leveraged all these partnership to ensure we start on track to achieve our five-year goal by 2018 as stated in the 'Connecting The Dots' strategy.