ARASA and ENDA Santé AIDS 2016 Newsletter 1 (English, French and Portuguese)
The 2016 International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) will be held in Durban, South Africa, from 18-22 July 2016.
The theme is: Access, Equity, Rights, Now.
As the Regional Partners for AIDS 2016, ARASA and ENDA Santé are committed to assisting civil society and community members to be able to attend the conference, to host activities or workshops and to facilitate presentations about your work.
The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) applauds the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) for launching the campaign for the decriminalisation of abortion in Africa to raise awareness about unsafe abortions in the continent.
History has taught us that people living with HIV must be at the centre of the response. History has also taught us that silencing the voice of people living with HIV and the voice of key populations exacerbates the stigma and discrimination that drives the epidemic.
Nothing about us without us. We will not be silenced. We stand in solidarity with African key populations.
CAPE TOWN: ARASA has launched a guide for activists called: Close the Gap- TB and Human Rights at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health being held in Cape Town this week. With initial results from the STREAM randomised controlled trial showing 80% success rate in using a 9-month treatment option for MDR-TB, compared with 24-month treatment standard – the theme of this year’s Lung conference, “A New Agenda” articulates the long awaited biomedical advancements in turberculosis treament. What remains lagging behind are the ‘people’ who are meant to be accessing the treament. Key populations who are most vulnerable to TB are being missed because of lack of enabling legal, social and policy environments.
The Director of ARASA, Michaela Clayton addressed the plenary of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) on 'Failing with the law; succeeding with programming' on 3 December 2015.