Welcome to the 25th edition of the ARASA newsletter

The ARASA team has been extremely busy over the past 6 months and we are excited to update you on what we have achieved since the beginning of the year!

In May, we marked one of the most important events in the ARASA calendar: the Annual Partnership Forum (APF) - which brought together representatives from the 116 ARASA partners to discuss progress and challenges faced since the previous Partnership Forum and identify advocacy priorities for the year ahead.

The first half of 2017 was a period of reflection for us as we embarked on an external evaluation process and begun the development of our new Strategic Plan (2018 – 2022). We are excited to share the findings of the evaluation with you in this edition of the newsletter. 

Beyond reflecting on our achievements over the past 4 years and engaging partners to identify our priorities for 2017 and beyond during the APF, we continued to advocate for acceptable, accessible, affordable and quality sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV and TB services for people living with HIV and TB and key populations. This included hosting a meeting on criminalisation of HIV exposure, transmission and/or non-disclosure; working with young people living with HIV to demand that governments adhere to global guidance in their TB policies and programming; working with parliamentarians to reform intellectual property laws to improve access to medicines; and initiating the roll-out of the HIV, TB and Human Rights Training and Advocacy Programme in Kenya. ARASA also continued support the implementation of capacity strengthening and advocacy activities by partners who successfully completed the regional Training of Trainers Programme in 2016 through our Small Grants Programme. You can read about all this exciting work in this newsletter. 

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Until next time! 

Articles in this issue:

Highlights from the 2017 Annual Partnership Forum

On 22 and 23 May, ARASA hosted 94 representatives from 116 ARASA partners during the 2017 Annual Partnership Forum (APF) held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The ninth meeting of its kind, the 2017 APF provided a platform for the staff and trustees of ARASA to update partne…

The 2017 ARASA HIV, TB and Human Rights Award

On the evening of 23 May, Pleaders of Children and Elderly People at risk (PEPA), based in the Democratic Republic of Congo received the 2017 ARASA HIV, TB and Human Rights award for their work in eastern DRC.

Reviewing ARASA’s impact in 2016

During the first half of 2017, we reflected extensively on the impact of our work in 2016. We are happy to report that we were able to document clear impact of our interventions in the online summary and full 2016 Annual Report.

External Evaluation of ARASA’s 2013-2017 Strategic Plan

The first half of 2017 was a period of reflection for the ARASA team as we embarked on an External Evaluation of our 2013 - 2017 Strategic Plan. The evaluation aimed to review ARASA’s achievements against its Strategic plan with a view to draw lessons for effective and effi…

From N’djamena to model laws and beyond: Revolutionising approaches to criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, transmission and exposure

The proliferation of HIV-specific laws has been one of the avenues that governments in Southern and East Africa have turned to in an effort to prevent and control the HIV epidemic. This legislation often includes punitive provisions relating to ‘compulsory testing’, ‘involun…

Promoting access to essential HIV and TB medicines through the reform of Intellectual Property laws

During the first half of 2017, ARASA continued to strengthen its collaboration with the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) in an effort to advocate for a reform of Intellectual Property laws to increase access to essential HIV and TB medicin…

Introducing the Kenya HIV, TB and Human Rights Training and Advocacy Country Programme

During a stakeholder’s consultative forum held on 6 and 7 April 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya, various stakeholders pledged their commitment to the ARASA-supported National HIV, TB and Human Rights Training and Advocacy Programme being rolled out by Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues N…

“Show us the money for health!”: Achievements of the financing for key populations programme

In 2015 and 2016, ARASA collaborated with the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition to implement a programme aimed at supporting advocacy on funding for health and the engagement of key populations and people living with HIV in Global Fund and PEPFAR structures in B…

Young people demand that governments step up for TB

On 24 March 2017, World TB Day, African Young Positives (AY +), a regional network for and by young people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as networks of young people living with HIV in Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia launched a Youth Call to Action for go…

Grant-making for HIV, TB and human rights training and advocacy

ARASA has a competitive small grants programme that enables participants of the Training of Trainers programme and other partners from Southern and East Africa to implement HIV, TB and human rights related training and advocacy campaigns.