Update from the Leading Together Championing Committee - Spring 2010

The Renewal Process

The Leading Together Championing Committee (LTCC) is committed to ensuring that Canada has a strong, national HIV/AIDS blueprint that meets our global and domestic needs to help stop the spread of HIV and to support the people whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS. Over the last two years, LTCC has been working to promote and champion the widespread use of Leading Together: Canada Takes Action on HIV/AIDS (2005-2010) throughout Canada. It is our goal to ensure that this document, the result of extensive consultation, remains a tool that guides all sectors of Canada’s response to HIV/AIDS.

We are confident that the vision and approach of Leading Together remain relevant, but we are aware that there is a need to revisit the text to ensure that it is still relevant. From March to May, we analyzed the results of a gap analysis, sponsored a national survey and conducted a number of key informant interviews. Our research focused on identifying goals achieved since 2005, those that are not yet achieved and new issues that have emerged. We learned that the document requires an updating rather than a wholesale re-writing and we are working with a writer on the updating of the document. A Leading Together editorial board has been created, composed of individuals representing Leading Together stakeholders.

The Leading Together editorial board will be reviewing drafts and will consult with national stakeholders throughout the process. We intend to release the revised Leading Together:2010-2015 on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2010.

We hope this work will strengthen and support the coordination of our collective response to HIV/AIDS through all the work we do – respecting the roles of medical providers, front-line service groups, researchers, volunteers and people living with HIV/AIDS.