The health journey


The health journey is a simple and highly useful tool that provides a starting point for community engagement and community-centred health service planning.

Outcomes from using the tool have already contributed to improved coordination of community support and health care for people with HIV in a variety of settings, within the Caribbean, Zambia, Uganda, Myanmar and China.

Originally called a treatment journey, the tool was developed during the early days of public health scale-up of antiretroviral treatment (ART). Clearly, ART involves far more than taking pills and there are many other challenges faced by a person with HIV, so the tool is now named the health journey. This reflects the fact that maintaining or re-gaining health is the underlying goal of the search for treatment, care, support and prevention.

Part 1 of this publication explains what a health journey is, who can make use of the methodology and why it is a useful tool for understanding the experiences of people with HIV. Part 2 explains how to set up and use the methodology. Part 3 provides five different examples of health journey workshops and what impacts resulted from them. At the end of the publication is a list of useful resources.