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AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)

Who we are

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) was established in 2003 as a partnership of like-minded, progressive civil society organisations to galvanise a movement of civil society actors to advance a human rights-based response  to HIV in Southern Africa. Since 2019, the partnership has been working to promote respect for and the protection of the rights to bodily autonomy and integrity (BAI) for all to reduce inequality, especially gender inequality, and to promote health, dignity, and wellbeing in East and Southern Africa (ESA). The organisation has grown immensely commencing from five partner organizations at inception and currently works with more than 100 partners within 18 countries in the sub-region. ARASA aims to strengthen and build a strong voice regarding HIV and TB prevention, Universal Health Coverage, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Eexpression and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for the marginalised groups (in their diversities) mainly women, adolescent girls and young women, LGBTQI+, people who use drugs, people living with HIV and sex workers.


ARASA presentation at the UN Multistakeholder Hearings on UHC, New York, USA.

SRHR Symposium

Seychelles Interview
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Our Testimonials


“I would like to thank ARASA and Athena Network for facilitating my attendance at the Women Deliver 2023, which has provided a space for me to advocate for young women’s issues on SRH and HIV and connect with key decision makers and players in the health sector such as ministers and funders at global level,”
Dr. Lillian Benjamin Mwakyosi

Dr. Lillian Benjamin Mwakyosi

She Learns Project Focal Person, Tanzania
“My organisation grew from being an HIV support group to a fully-fledged entity, thanks to the ARASA Training and Leadership Programme. ARASA opened doors for my organisation to access funds from funders such as the Global Fund and supported other key population-led organisations’ access to HIV funding,”
Albertina Zodwa Nyatsi

Albertina Zodwa Nyatsi

ARASA Training and Leadership Programme Alumni, Eswatini.
”The ARASA Training and Leadership Programme has been eye opening for me as a health service provider. I promise to stand up for the rights of key populations such as LGBTIQ+ who are discriminated at health centres because of their sexual orientation. Everyone has a right to health irrespective of their gender identity,”
Ndamononghenda R Shiimi

Ndamononghenda R Shiimi

a health worker from Namibia and ARASA Training and Leadership Programme Alumni.


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