We are a regional partnership of over 106 non-governmental organisations working together to promote a human rights based response to HIV and TB in southern and east Africa, through capacity building and advocacy.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Assistance with Development of the ARASA 2018-2023 Strategic Plan

ARASA Vacancy: Finance and Administration Assistant

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) seeks to appoint a committed and dynamic individual to assume the position of Finance and Administration Assistant in Windhoek, Namibia. Closing date for applications is midnight (WAST) on 10 March 2017. The key areas of responsibilities are outlined in the link below.


On 19 January 2017, the Zomba High Court in Malawi delivered a landmark ruling on the application of criminal law to cases of HIV transmission and exposure. The appellant is a woman living with HIV who was convicted of negligently and recklessly doing an act which is “likely to spread the infection of any disease which is dangerous to life” under section 192 of the Malawi Penal Code for accidentally breastfeeding another person’s child.

Regional Capacity Strengthening Convening for National Human Rights Institutions

In November 2016, a 4-day regional capacity strengthening convening for National Human Rights Institutions was hosted by the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), under the Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers. The meeting provided a platform for NHRI representatives from 30 African countries and civil society organisations, to engage in evidence-informed discussions on human rights, TB/HIV and key populations issues in Africa.

Seychelles National Action Planning: African Regional Grant: Removing Legal Barriers

In August 2016, ARASA supported the National AIDS Council of the Seychelles (NAC) to host the Seychelles National Action Plan meeting. The meeting which was opened by then Minister of Health, Ms. Mitcy Larue, brought together over 60 representatives from government and civil society to engage in discussions on priority HIV, law and human rights issues of national concern and prioritise follow-up actions including law review, reform and activities to strengthen access to justice and HIV/TB prevention, treatment and care services in the Seychelles. The NAC also hosted the National Action Plan validation meeting in November 2016.

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