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!