ARASA to co-host the 2nd Africa Regional Dialogue on HIV, TB and the Law

Posted by Editor on August 1, 2017


ARASA to co-host the 2nd Regional Dialogue on HIV, TB and the Law

The 2nd Africa Regional Dialogue is being organised by the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers in Johannesburg, South Africa from 3 to 4 August 2017.

The dialogue brings together 140 representatives of government ministries, civil society, members of parliament, the judiciary, United Nations agencies and development partners from across Africa to discuss progress on the implementation of the 2012 recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in Africa Law in the region and to evaluate their impact, highlight issues and countries that continue to face challenges, and make strategic recommendations on the way forward.

The first Africa Regional Dialogue was organised in 2011 and helped to inform the Global Commission on HIV and the Law – whose report in 2012 revealed that bad laws and policies were obstructing the global HIV response. The Commission advised governments to dismantle legal barriers to HIV prevention and treatment, end discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV and to implement laws and policies that are grounded in evidence and human rights.

This week’s Regional Dialogue features sessions on laws and policies that mitigate or sustain violence and discrimination lived by women; laws and policies that discriminate and create barriers to services for children and young people; laws, policies and practices that create barriers to access to HIV and TB treatment; and laws and practices that effectively criminalise people living with HIV, TB and key populations. 

5 Issue Briefs and related Factsheets about the Key Thematic Areas were developed. You can find them below: 











The proceedings of the 2nd Africa Regional Dialogue will be Live-streamed from 08h30 on Friday, 4 August 2017 at Representatives of civil society organisations and individuals can participate in the dialogue in the following ways: 

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You can find all of the details about the event at: