Caregivers Action Network
The Caregivers Action Caucus was convened during the United Nation’s 53rd Commission on the Status of Women by four global organizations – Cordaid, HelpAge International, the Huairou Commission and VSO International. It was created to ensure that community-based home-based caregivers and their priorities were recognized in this annual governmental conference focusing on the Equal Sharing of Responsibilities between Women and Men, including caregiving in the context of AIDS.
CAN envisions a global AIDS response that fully recognizes, integrates and supports community-based care and support (including home-based care) as a key and fully resourced part of the health system and the national response to HIV.
This includes, in particular, the following five points:
1) Community caregivers are recognized, affirmed and supported by being including as decision-makers in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of resources and programs.
2) Funding for caregiving increases in quality and accessibility, espceially direct funding support earmarked for community-led responses to AIDS driven by women.
3) Increased international funding of health care services so they may support the work of women and girl home based caregivers.
4) Development and fundamental rights are seen as integral to an effective AIDS response. This includes ensuring access to water, sanitation, basic services, promoting food security, and protecting and promoting women’s land and inheritance rights.
5) Poverty reduction through increase of basic services and social protection measures along with building of capacity of community based organizations to develop livelihoods initiatives.
For more information see the CAN website at www.caregiversactionnetwork.org