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We are a regional partnership of over 90 partnerships working together to promote a human
rights based response to HIV and TB in Southern and East Africa.

ARASA launches a Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, HIV and Human Rights Advocacy Toolkit

The foreword, written by Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa states that: "For those whose sexual identity and orientation need respect and protection – that is, every single one of us – Africa today presents a paradox. On the one hand, more states seem to be embracing democracy. Since 1990, most sub-Saharan states have legalised opposition parties and held multiparty elections. This didn’t come smoothly, or from bloodless transitions. But the basic principles of opposition and democracy got a toe-hold, perhaps more. On the other – horror; too much horror. Violence, persecution, imprisonment, ignorant, hatefilled rhetoric against sexual minorities. The reactionary position of some African leaders towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons is a blight on a continent groping towards, grappling with, its own future.

Welcome to the 21st issue of the ARASA newsletter.

In this second edition of 2015, we give you a brief update on one of the most important dates on the ARASA calendar, the Annual Partnership Forum (APF), which was hosted in April 2015. We also introduce you to this year’s ARASA HIV, TB and Human Rights Award winner.

KELIN: Health Cabinet Secretary given Seven Days to file a Response to the Petition challenging the Unlawful Arrest and Detainment of TB Patients

Constitutional and Human Rights Division Judge Justice Mumbi Ngugi has ordered that the Cabinet Secretary in Charge of the Ministry of Health, file a written response, to Petition 329 of 2014 within seven days. This was during the hearing of a case, which was filed on 13 August, 2010 challenging the arrest and detainment of TB Patients in a prison.

A Sobering Review of Access to Routine Viral Load Testing in 12 Countries in Africa

International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) coordinated a review of access to Routine Viral Load (RVL) Testing across 12 African countries. The results suggest limited availability of RVL and low levels of awareness of the value of RVL amongst people living with HIV and service providers.

ARASA, SAfAIDS and MANERELA+ to host for Regional Interfaith and Civil Society dialogue on the role of religious leaders in addressing human rights barriers to accessing HIV and TB services

In order to advance the inter-faith dialogue agenda, ARASA, SAfAIDS and MANERELA+ are jointly hosting a regional dialogue focusing on role of religious leaders in addressing human rights barriers to accessing HIV and TB services on 01 and 02 July 2015 in Johannesburg.

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