We are pleased to welcome you to yet another issue of the ARASA Newsletter, which is an opportunity for us to bring you the latest news on ARASA as well as updates on our partners' activities.
In this edition, we explore how the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) and the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) have used theatre to address challenges faced by sex workers in Malawi. We also look at how the Kenyan Ethical and Legal Issues Network (KELIN) strategically engaged the local media to advocate on human rights in the context of HIV and TB. From May to June, Agnes Junga, a staff member of SAHRiNGON Tanzania was hosted by the AIDS Legal Network (ALN) in Cape Town through the ARASA Partner Exchange Internship Programme. We interviewed Agnes on her experience and share her views.
Since inception, Prevention Information Lutte contre le Sida (PILS) has worked to protect and promote the right to health for people who use drugs through collaboration with the government of Mauritius. Nudhar Bundhoo from PILS contributed an article, elaborating on how laws and policies influence the ability of people who use drugs to access harm reduction services. Lynette Mabote, ARASA's Advocacy Leader, attended the SADC TB Partnership Forum, hosted in Johannesburg in September. She describes the outcomes of this meeting and looks at the importance of incorporating human rights in the fight against tuberculosis.
Lastly, the Zimbabwe Network of People living with HIV (ZNNP+) responds to media reports that SADC Heads of State and Government proposed mandatory testing as a viable strategy to address HIV in the region during the SADC Heads of State and Government Meeting in Malawi in August. ARASA also co-hosted a roundtable meeting with the International HIV and AIDS Alliance in August to provide a platform for dialogue between Governments, key populations, Alliance Linking Organisations, ARASA partners and other regional stakeholders on strengthening the response to HIV for key populations in Africa. We share the outcomes of that meeting in this issue.
We hope you will enjoy this third issue of the ARASA Newsletter 2013 and look forward to receiving your comments, contributions, queries and suggestions, which you can forward to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also remember to visit the ARASA website at www.arasa.info and to follow us on Facebook "Eyespy" and Twitter "@_ARASAcomms" for daily updates and online interaction.
Promoting the rights of sex workers through theatre for development
Media as an advocacy tool; the KELIN example
SAHRiNGON Tanzania Chapter meets ALN
Mauritius: Sea, sand and drugs
Promoting human rights in the roll out of new technologies for TB diagnosis in SADC
ZNNP+ responds to calls for mandatory testing
Justice Edwin Cameron addresses "Moving from Rhetoric to Action with Key Populations in Africa" Roundtable