Welcome to the 26th edition of the ARASA newsletter.
We trust the year has begun on a high note and wish you a successful and productive 2018!
2017 was a period of reflection for us as we conducted an external evaluation of our work during the previous Strategic Plan period from 2013 to 2017 and implemented the recommendations of the evaluation during the latter half of the year. We also engaged partners and trustees in the development of our new Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2022, which will be finalised during the first quarter of 2018.
In this edition of the newsletter we share the outcomes of activities implemented in the last quarter of 2017, including our work to increase the cadre of HIV, TB and human rights activists in southern and east Africa and to remove legal barriers in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Seychelles through the Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
We also update you on our work with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV (HIV Committee).
ARASA staff ended their year through participation in the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) hosted in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire early in December last year. A key focus of our engagement during the conference was to advocate for an increased focus on structural barriers to HIV prevention.
You can read about all this exciting work in this newsletter.
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Until next time!