Newsletter issue 20

Welcome to the first edition of the 2015 quarterly newsletter. In this edition, we will look at some of the activities undertaken by ARASA and partners during this quarter as well as catch up with our 2014 ARASA HIV, TB and Human Rights award winners. This year’s Annual Partnership Forum (APF) will be held on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 April 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The APF is an important event in the ARASA partnership calendar as it is the only time in the year when all ARASA partners come together to take stock of activities undertaken, advocacy issues to focus on as well as to analyse what has worked and what isn’t working. The full 2015 APF proceedings will be covered in our second quarter newsletter due in June.

We also bring you an update on the Regional Dialogue on HIV, TB and Human Rights in Prisons held on 5 and 6 February. The dialogue aimed to advance the work of ARASA and partners to formulate strategies to address the conditions in prisons that hinder the achievement of the highest attainable standard of health.  Participants hailed from Southern and East Africa and included ARASA partners, members of the judiciary and representatives from academia and various national prison services. Poor health services, nutrition and living conditions are common to prisons throughout the region and contribute to the increase in HIV and TB rates in Southern and East Africa.  Participants agreed to establish a regional advisory committee on HIV, TB and human rights in prisons to advance the advocacy agenda in the region for improved responses to HIV and TB in prisons.

For the first time since its inception, the Training of Trainers Programme (ToT) is proud to have the active participation of has a person living with a disability We caught up with Edwin Ndlovu, the Youth Programme Coordinator at the Disability, HIV and AIDS Trust (DHAT) in Zimbabwe to share his thoughts about the TOT. 

In other news, the ARASA LGBTI Programme Officer was recently appointed as a member of the Developing Countries NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board and attended a retreat in Mexico to introduce the new delegates as well as to familiarise them with Global Fund procedures.

Finally, we take a few pages out of the ‘Best Practice guide’ compiled by the recently completed Malawi Country Programme, which highlights the activities carried out over two years as well as some of their successes that could potentially be adopted by other organisations.

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Until next time! 

Table of Contents 

A collective dialogue on Human Rights, HIV and TB in prisons

Rights-based HIV and TB advocacy interventions targeting prisoners’ health and rights forms an integral part of ARASA’s regional advocacy agenda. During the 2014 ARASA Annual Partnership Forum (APF), ARASA partner organisations highlighted the need to formulate strategies to address the prisons conditions that hinder the achievement of the highest …

The meaningful involvement of Persons with Disabilities in SRHR

As a disability activist, I would like to express my gratitude to the ARASA Training of Trainers Programme organisers and participants for including me in the training. This was my first time participating in a training of this nature and interacting with a diverse group of people.

Sex Workers have rights too

The International Sex Workers Rights Day was established in 2001 when over 25 000 sex workers gathered in India for a festival, amidst efforts from groups who tried to prevent it from taking place by pressuring the government to revoke the permit.

Update from the 2014 ARASA HIV, TB and Human Rights award winners

The criminalisation of sex work in Zambia has led to continued human rights abuses as well as social exclusion of sex workers, which leads to further discrimination and exclusion from policy and programme development.

Best practices and lessons learned from the Malawi Country Programme

ARASA support to the two year Malawi National HIV, TB and Human Rights Advocacy and Capacity Building Programme hosted by the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) came to an end in 2014. This programme, which was established to ensure improved human rights through advocating for the r…

ARASA LGBTI Programme Officer joins the Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board

We are proud to announce that the ARASA LBTI Programme Officer, He-Jin Kim has been appointed as a member of the Developing Country NGO delegation to the Global Fund Board. The Delegation seeks to influence Global Fund Policies and practices so that they are continually and appropriately responsive to the needs of those affected by HIV, TB and Mala…

International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa launches activities to celebrate 10 years of existence and opens new office

On 06, February 2015, the International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) held activities to mark 10 Years of excellence in International, Regional and National advocacy. A three months series of activities, which started in February, took place in the five East African Countries namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and U…

Upcoming events:

ARASA Training of Trainers workshop module 2 (25 – 29 May) Online short course on HIV, TB and human rights in prisons (July)