NETHIPS is key stakeholder and umbrella organization for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Sierra Leone.
Founded in 2006, its strategic role is to coordinate, advocate and build the capacity of its members who are mainly people living with and affected by AIDS in Sierra Leone.
NETHIPS works to mitigate the impact of HIV on people infected and those affected. Its vision is a Sierra Leone where people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their dependents enjoy equal rights and opportunities and live productive, dignified and meaningful lives. The overall goal of NETHIPS is to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and to reduce the impact of HIV on the lives of those infected and affected by HIV in Sierra Leone.
In order to achieve its vision and goal, the organization works to improve access to and utilization of antiretroviral therapy, give human face and voice to HIV and AIDS by ensuring meaningful representation and involvement of PLHIVs in relevant fora locally and internationally, facilitate the improvement of HIV related policies, laws and practices that uphold human rights and welfare of the PLHIV community in Sierra Leone.
Stewardship: Good stewardship of resources, Honesty, transparency, and accountability in all our dealings
Gender equality and equity: affirmative action – action favouring qualified and competent PLHIV and women; positive discrimination
Social Inclusion:improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of PLHIV
Positive Health Dignity and Prevention (PHDP):An unconditional, holistic and non-judgmental approach to care, support, treating every individual with the respect and dignity. Recognize and pursue the dignity and the right to quality life of PLHIV, a commitment to empowering and developing people to their optimum potential
Non-discrimination: Personnel policies and practices that are just and non-discriminatory with proper regard to health, safety and equal opportunities
Tolerance and Neutrality: Maintain political, ethnic/tribal and religious neutrality and tolerance Fairness and Justice: Participatory democratic decision-making processes