Racial Discrimination still rife in African public healthcare systems

Racial Discrimination still rife in African public healthcare systems An interview with ARASA Advocacy Officer, Thuthukile Mbatha for International Day for the Elimination against Racial Discrimination Despite the end of colonialism and Apartheid, racial discrimination still occurs in Africa, especially in South Africa, and has a huge impact on our access to sexual and reproductive… Continue reading Racial Discrimination still rife in African public healthcare systems

“More unites us than divides us”: Celebrating LGBTQIA on IWD 2022

“More unites us than divides us”: Celebrating LGBTQIA on IWD 2022 Today we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) under the 2022 UN theme: “Gender Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” The purpose of Women’s Day is to promote unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. Whilst it has been shown that gender equality stimulates economic growth… Continue reading “More unites us than divides us”: Celebrating LGBTQIA on IWD 2022

ARASA calls on African governments to protect the rights of key populations – Zero Discrimination Day 01 March 2022

Statement on Zero Discrimination Day, 01 March 2022 A call on African governments to protect the rights of key populations On the 1st of March, commemorated across the globe as Zero Discrimination Day, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) calls upon African governments to End Inequalities and to ensure availability, accessibility, acceptability… Continue reading ARASA calls on African governments to protect the rights of key populations – Zero Discrimination Day 01 March 2022

Sterilisation cases spark international action

As the alleged forced sterilisation cases begin this morning, people across the world have taken to the streets in solidarity with three HIV positive women who are claiming compensation in a case that will set international precedent. The case, currently underway at the High Court of Namibia, is alleging the women were sterilised without their… Continue reading Sterilisation cases spark international action

Groups warn of funding threats to HIV treatment access

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) expressed alarm over dwindling commitment to fund HIV/AIDS treatment in poor countries. Speaking at a press conference in Cape Town, on the eve of a high-level meeting in London on Tuesday that could determine whether the… Continue reading Groups warn of funding threats to HIV treatment access

Activists in 10 African countries organise Day of Action call for increased health funding

Civil society organisations in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana will support a global call to fully finance the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria for the next three years through a day of action on 28 September 2010. Several public demonstrations, press conferences and other… Continue reading Activists in 10 African countries organise Day of Action call for increased health funding

SA Mining Sector faces heavy criticism for TB crisis

At the South African TB Conference that took place in Durban from 1-4 June, the gold mining sector came under heavy criticism from clinicians, ex-miners, advocacy groups and the Minister of Health. Gavin Churchyard, a leading TB clinician and researcher, described TB in South African mines as an “unprecedented public health disaster”. Churchyard was speaking… Continue reading SA Mining Sector faces heavy criticism for TB crisis