Vulnerable communities, including, drug users, sex workers, marginalized youth, the disabled , men who have sex with men and, transgender persons, and other groups vulnerable to HIV need to be included in national and regional policy discussions and decision making related to HIV responses in the Caribbean. Meaningful inclusion requires some training and social mobilization processes to equip representatives with a mandate and understanding of their constituency needs; effective communication and committed leadership. CVC works to build capacity in these areas to enhance groups’ and individuals’ self-advocacy.
CVC has supported regional and national meetings of specific networks and coalitions where issues affecting the communities are discussed, joint advocacy positions taken and action plans developed.
CVC offers members and grantees regular training opportunities under specific, funded programmes. Areas of training have included: