A healthy and just Southern and East Africa where everybody counts.


To be a leading convener, space creator, advocate, and contributor for the establishment of socio-political and regulatory frameworks that contribute towards reduced HIV infections and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights and equality.

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 115 partners within 18 countries in East and Southern Africa (ESA). The organisation aims to strengthen and build a strong voice regarding Health Financing, HIV and TB prevention and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for the marginalised groups (in their diversities) mainly women, adolescent girls, people on the move, people who use drugs, and key populations. ARASA’s 2023-2028 Strategy is centred on Increased Capacity, Coordination and Accountability (ICCA) for Equality and dovetails with developmental megatrends which include climate change, digital divide and migration and their intersectionality with SRHR and human rights.

In March 2023, the ARASA Board of Trustees launched the ICCA for Equality new strategy



Guided by the Participation, Accountability, Non Discriminatory and Equality, Empowerment and Legality (PANEL) Principle, the Strategic Foundation in the 2023-2028 strategy will be as follows: