Newsletter issue 19

Welcome to the last ARASA newsletter for 2014! It has been a long yet productive year for the ARASA partnership and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, donors, trustees and other allies for their continued support in promoting a rights-based response to HIV and TB in southern and east Africa. In 2014, we made good progress and have witnessed several achievements. However, human rights violations continue to persist in the context of HIV and TB in all countries across the region. Therefore, we have to remain vigilant in our quest for a southern and east Africa in which all people are able to access and enjoy their fundamental human right to health.

In this edition, we share the outcomes of the ARASA, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Southern African Editors Forum (SAEF) Regional HIV, TB, Human Rights and the Media dialogue held on 5 and 6 November in Johannesburg, South Africa. We also update you on a regional training on the rights of LGBTI people under international and regional law, which we co-hosted from 3 to 5 November with the Fordham University Leitner Centre and the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights.

The Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Executive Director of the Global Fund met with civil society in Windhoek, Namibia on 3 November to reflect on the status of the HIV response in Namibia and identify challenges faced by civil society. The meeting was attended by various HIV, human rights and key populations activists who highlighted the importance of ensuring that communities remain at the centre of the Post-2015 HIV response.

The 2014 annual Training of Trainers (ToT) Programme was successfully completed with an award ceremony hosted in Johannesburg on 14 November. Diana Mailosi from Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GLAZ) was awarded the 2014 ToT Trainer of the Year Award. The recipient of this award is chosen by the ARASA facilitators for being a top performer throughout the training programme.  Stanely Mulenga from Christian Aid Ministries in Zambia was selected by his peers to receive the Trainers Trainer of the Year award.

We also feature a contribution by Ndumo Mpumila, a clinician and human rights advocate employed by the Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign (TALC) in Zambia as Advocacy and Sustainability Coordinator for the ARASA supported Country Programme. Mpumila reflects on how Zambian society perceives disability as well as challenges faced by people with disabilities in accessing public health services in Zambia.

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We hope you enjoy reading this edition and hope you have a peaceful holiday!

Until next time!

Table of Content

ARASA, MISA and SAEF host Regional HIV, TB, Human Rights and Media Dialogue

ARASA, MISA and SAEF host Regional HIV, TB, Human Rights and Media Dialogue Recognising that institutions of democracy, such as the media have a role to play in promoting and protecting human rights in the context of HIV and TB, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and the Southern African Editors Forum (SAEF) convened a Regional HIV, TB, Human Rights and Media dialogue in November.

Regional training on the Rights of LGBTI Persons under International and Regional Law

Regional training on the Rights of LGBTI Persons under International and Regional Law In November, the Fordham University Leitner Centre and ARASA partnered with the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights to hold regional training on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons under international and regional law. The 3-day training was attended by 17 LGBTI activists from across the continent.

Namibian civil society meets with Executive Directors of UNAIDS and the Global Fund

The Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibe and the Executive Director the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Mark Dybul visited Namibia in November and held a brief meeting with HIV and human rights activists in Windhoek.

The 2014 ARASA Training of Trainers comes to an end

The 2014 annual Training of Trainers (ToT) Graduation Ceremony was held at the Aviator Hotel in Kempton Park. The 2014 ToT hosted 37 participants from Southern and East Africa from different Civil Society and faith based organisations.

A paradigm shift on disability in Zambia

By: Ndumo Phiri Mpumila, Coordinator, Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign, (Dip.CMSc, LLB), Email: ndumo.mpumila@gmail.com The Oscar Pistorius murder trial conducted in South Africa earlier this year, brought a lot of attention to the state of prisons and their ability to accommodate persons with disabilities. What caught my attention was an expression I heard during a conversation between two people about the alleged perpetrator in the murder trial.