APCOM in partnership with PEPFAR/USAID/EpiC held a webinar on CLM/CBM

By February 11, 2022 Advocacy, Newsroom, Regional

Regional Asia Pacific CLM/CBM webinar – Optimizing the key populations for community led monitoring tools for improved HIV Access and Services

According to PEPFAR “Community-led monitoring (CLM) is a technique initiated and implemented by local community-based organizations and other civil society groups, networks of key populations (KP), people living with HIV (PLHIV), and other affected groups or other community entities that gathers quantitative and qualitative data about HIV services. The focus is on getting input from recipients of HIV services, especially key populations and underserved groups, in a routine and systematic manner that will translate into action and change. CLM is central to PEPFAR’s client-centered approach because it helps puts communities, their needs, and their voices at the center of the HIV response.”[1]

For the Global Fund “Community-based monitoring (CBM) refers to service users assessing the effectiveness, quality, accessibility and impact of health programs and services which they receive. CBM includes any type of monitoring led by communities, however a key principal of CBM is that communities decide what to monitor and act upon the data collected. Unlike monitoring led or undertaken by health systems, advocacy based on the evidence and observations gathered is an essential outcome of community-based monitoring initiatives.”[2]


  • Provide a better understanding on how Community-Led Monitoring is being implemented under EpiC and its outcomes;
  • Challenges and opportunities from the key population perspective when implementing CLM/CBM (Community-Based Monitoring) at the country level
  • Determine the global and regional actors who are supporting the implementation of CLM/CBM at the country level and propose coordination arrangements
  • Identify action points in the region and country to ensure that there is meaningful participation by the community in advocacy CLM/CBM sustainability and service delivery improvements
  • Recommendations and way forward to coordinate key populations-led CLM/CBM intervention programme at the regional and country levels
5 minsWelcome & Introductions:
–          Housekeeping
–          Introduction of speakers
Midnight, APCOM
5 minsOverview of the sessionMatthew Avery, FHI360
5 minsSetting the scene
–          What is CLM?
–          Global level experience of CLM, advocacy strategies and results.
–          How PEPFAR can support CBM intervention programme for its effective implementation?
Dr. Pimpanitta Saenyakul, HIV Deputy Team Leader, USAID RDMA, Bangkok
10 minsGovernment and CLM
Guiding questions;
–          Thoughts/opinions about AAAQ of HIV services (Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability, and Quality) and how to ensure AAAQ in the near future under the pandemic crisis? (For Example: COVID 19)
–          What is the role of the CBM to make sure that there is a continuity of quality services in the COVID 19 context?
–          What is the role of APCOM and country community network in implementing CBM?
–          How Government can support CBM/CLM intervention programme and how they can integrate CBM/CLM in their national plans?  
JVR Prasada Rao – APCOM HIV/AIDS Ambassador (and former Union Health Secretary of India and the Special Envoy to the Secretary General of the United Nations on HIV/AIDS for the Asia Pacific region)
30 minsKey population discussion on CLM and CBM (countries under PEPFAR implementing CLM and CBM under EpiC and Global Fund respectively)
Sharing country level experience of CLM and advocacy interventions, and best practices. Institutionalization of CLM/ CBM, community preparedness and ownership for its sustainability during and after COVID 19

Trans COMP CBM and key findings
Selvan Antony, APCOM

Jaclyn Angelina, IAC – Indonesia
Dr Tan Thu, Hochiminh AIDS Association, Vietnam
Tenzin Gyeltshen, Pride Bhutan: “Celebrating Diversity”- Bhutan
Yashwinder Singh, The Humsafar Trust  – India
Sanjay Sharma, Blue Diamond Society, Nepal
Olam Rasaphonh, CHias – Laos
10 minsInteractive session – Jam board (facilitation and report back) 
Identify immediate priorities / support for communities at the country level for effective CBM/ CLM intervention programme
Sanya Umasa, FHI 360
5 minsStigma and Discrimination part of CLM –  Stigma index 2.0
–          Stigma and Discrimination to be broadly  integrated into the CBM/CLM intervention programme for quality service improvement
Seum Sophal, CPN+
5 minsReflections:
Community empowerment in relation to CBM/ CLM initiatives.
Taoufik Bakkali
Regional Director ai / RST Asia and the Pacific
5 minsReflections:
PEPFAR Strategy: Vision 2025 and CLM
Dr Pimpanitta Saenyakul
HIV Deputy Team Leader,
Office of Public Health,
5 minsReflections:
Global civil society working on CBM/CLM
Charanjit Sharma, UNAIDS PCB member
5 minsThank you to the speakers and CloseMidnight
Executive Director

Speakers Presentation

APCOM A Guide to Implementing Community Based Monitoring

Global Fund Community-based monitoring: An Overview

Global Fund Four Models of community-based monitoring: a review

Global Fund Towards a Common Understanding of Community-based Monitoring and Advocacy

ITPC Community-led Monitoring Brief

PEPFAR Community-led Monitoring Fact Sheet

PEPFAR Solutions Tools Page, Community-led Monitoring Tools

The EpiC project’s Community-led Monitoring (CLM) resourcesUNAIDS Establishing community led monitoring of HIV services

[1] https://www.state.gov/community-led-monitoring/

[2] https://www.theglobalfund.org/media/9622/core_css_overview_en.pdf

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