African AIDS Vaccine Programme Co-ordinatting and Resource Facility on Ethics, Law and Human Rights (ELH), University of Kwazulu-Natal (AAVP, ELH, UKZN)

Situated in the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal's School of Psychology, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the Ethics, Law and Human RIghts (ELH) Collaborating Centre of the AAVP works to facilitate the ethical conduct of HIV vaccine trials in selected African countries proximal to running trials The primary objectives of ELH are to Assess and strengthen the ethical-legal framework in African countries, facilitate networking and consensus-building among major stakeholders and conceptually address and develop resources on key ethical issues in HIV vaccine trials. To contact them, you can email Ann Strode at strodea@ukzn.ac.za.

Telephone: +27 33 260 6165 or +27 33 260 6065

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The Centre for Human Rights, based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

The Centre for Human Rights, based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation.The Centre was established in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in 1986, as part of domestic efforts against the apartheid system of the time.

The Centre for Human Rights works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide dissemination of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.Over the years, the Centre has positioned itself in an unmatched network of practising and academic lawyers, national and international civil servants and human rights practitioners across the entire continent, with a specific focus on human rights law in Africa, and international development law in general.

Today, a wide network of Centre alumni contribute in numerous ways to the advancement and strengthening of human rights and democracy all over the Africa continent, and even further afield.In 2006, the Centre for Human Rights was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education, with particular recognition for the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition and the LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa. In 2012, the Centre for Human Rights was awarded the 2012 African Union Human Rights Prize. To contact them, you can email Frans Viljoen at frans.viljoen@up.ac.za.

Website:  www.chr.up.ac.za
 

The AIDS Legal Network (ALN) is a non-governmental human rights organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa. The ALN is committed to the promotion, protection and realisation of fundamental rights and freedoms of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS through capacity buildingeducation and training, research, networking, campaignlobbying and advocacy activities. To contact the AIDS Legal Network, please visit their website http://www.aln.org.za 

Community Health Media Trust

Community Media Trust (CMT) is a not for profit company registered in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act and the Non-Profit Organisations Act. CMT has produced HIV/AIDS public health education material since 1998 under the Siyayinqoba Beat It! brand. UNAIDS has twice cited CMT as an example of best practice. Visit their website on http://www.beatit.co.za or contact Chene@cmt.org.za

Human Rights Development Initiative (HRDI)

HRDI is a regional non-governmental organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa working in Southern Africa and the Great Lakes Region. HRDI’s mission is to challenge political, economic and social elitism and promote equality of people regardless of race, place of origin, gender, social status, class, religion, sexual orientation, belief, ethnicity, HIV status or any other quality or trait that might be used as a basis for unfair discrimination, using international and regional human rights standards as the barometer. To read more on HRDI, visit their website on http://www.hrdi.org.za/ or email hrdi@mail.ngo.za

SAFAIDS

Established in 1994, SAfAIDS is a regional non-profit organisation based in Harare, (Zimbabwe), with country offices in Pretoria (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia) and Manzini (Swaziland). For the last 15 years, SAfAIDS has implemented programmes in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. SAfAIDS is recognised for its capacity to bring national lessons and experiences to regional advocacy and knowledge - sharing platforms. To read more on SAFAIDS, visit their website on  http://www.safaids.net/ or contact ngoni@safaids.net.

Section 27

SECTION27 was established in May 2010. It incorporates the AIDS Law Project, one of South Africa’s most successful post-apartheid human rights organisations. SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. Their activities include research, advocacy and legal action to change the socio-economic conditions that undermine human dignity and development, prevent poor people from reaching their full potential and lead to the spread of diseases that have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable and marginalised people. To read more about Section 27, visit their website on http://www.section27.org.za/ or email maphumulo@section27.org.za.

TAC

Founded on 1998 in Cape Town, South Africa, The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) advocates for increased access to treatment, care and support services for people living with HIV and campaigns to reduce new HIV infections. With more than 16,000 members, 267 branches and 72 full time staff members, TAC has become the leading civil society force behind comprehensive health care services for people living with HIV&AIDS in South Africa.  Since 1998, TAC has held government accountable for health care service delivery; campaigned against official AIDS denialism; challenged the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to make treatment more affordable and cultivated community leadership on HIV and AIDS.Their efforts have resulted in many life-saving interventions, including the implementation of country-wide mother-to-child transmission prevention and antiretroviral treatment programmes. For their efforts, TAC has received world-wide acclaim and numerous international accolades, including a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. On 30 August 2006 the New York Times named TAC, “the world’s most effective AIDS group”. To read more about TAC, visit their website on http://www.tac.org.za/ or email vuyiseka@tac.org.za

 Transgender and Intersex Africa

Transgender and Intersex Africa was initiated by black transgender individuals to focus on transgender and intersex issues in South Africa, especially in black townships and rural areas. They aim to highlight and bring awareness of transgender and intersex issues in the community and among cultural and religious groups. They advocate and lobby for appropriate healthcare for transgender and intersex individuals, especially in the public health sector and aim to empower black transgender and intersex individuals to voice their challenges and opinions. They create safe spaces for transgender and intersex individuals to share knowledge and experiences through monthly support groups in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Mpumalanga. They also have outreach activities in 6 provinces and conduct needs analyses to assess what their constituents need from them. For more information contact nthabi.tia@gmail.com.

Telephone: + 27 12 797 2612


Unit for Behavioural Studies on HIV and Health of the University of South Africa (USBAH)

The Unit for Behavioural Studies on HIV and Health of the University of South Africa (USBAH) offers capacity building training on HIV and AIDS using social behavioural change prespective to various groups. The unit also carries out advocacy campaigns on Human Rights, HIV and AIDS and health while undertaking behaviour research and assesment on social policy and programes. The unit collaborates with different stakeholders. To find out more about them, contact Leon Roets at roetshjl@unisa.ac.za.

Telephone: +27 12 352 4105 or + 27 82 443 9545

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IRANTI-Org is a lesbian, gender non-conforming and transgender media reporting organisation for the southern Africa region. They edit, publish online and use social media platforms to advance LBTIQ rights, thus embarking on creating media platforms for LBTIQ organisations to be fully empowered in media advocacy. They are a training organisation and co-produce media stories with organisations and individual persons affected by human rights violations. The organization researched LBTI rights issues and identifies advocacy areas they aim to focus on, including hate crimes in South Africa, HIV and educational programmes for transmen and transwomen. Please visitwww.iranti-org.co.za or write to jabu@iranti-org.co.za or getinfo@iranti-org.co.za to learn more about the organisation.

Access Chapter 2 (AC2) focuses on women in their diversity as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and mobilises the meaningful participation of civil society in public policy structures and processes. Currently AC2 only works in South Africa, however the organisation has collaborative projects in Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. In collaboration with the South African Government and the South African Human Rights Commission, AC2 was on the steering committee of the 1st African Government led initiative of the Regional LGBTI Seminar.
 
Contact: msletsike@gmail.com or visit www.ac2.org.za (currently being updated)