This need to improve the transactions
and interface between health sector inputs and the public is
even more pronounced in mounting public health responses to HIV/AIDS,
where social perceptions, networks and actions are central to
interventions. Civil society inputs can provide a credible source
of information and debate on social attitudes. It can also provide
networks through which to organize and support social actions.
This input is necessary for informed public choice around both
resisting the market promotion of unhealthy products (tobacco,
certain foods, alcohol, etc.) and promoting the use of health
promoting products (condoms, bednets).