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More than three decades ago, HIV activists fought against mandatory testing. Now an old battle is finding new life. Zambia is the second country this year to propose introducing forced HIV testing and treatment in the name of “public health”. Zambian President Edgar Lungu announced last week that the country would mandatorily test anyone using health facilities. Anyone who tested HIV positive would also be put on to antiretrovirals with or without their consent, and Lungu threatened to shut down any private health facility that refused to follow the policy. After strong objections from civil society organisations, the country’s Human Rights Commission and opposition parties, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has backtracked on the president’s pronouncement. He affirmed that informed consent will continue to be respected in the country where healthcare personnel are encouraged to offer HIV counselling and testing to patients whenever they visit.
MEDIA STATEMENT: Human rights organisations welcome Zambia’s confirmation of informed consent to HIV testing and treatment
The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) welcomed the clarification by Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Zambian Minister of Health, during a live interview on Sunday, 20 August 2017, that the expansion of provider-initiated HIV testing and adoption of test-and-treat will be continued with due respect for the right to informed consent.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 3 August 2017 – Six years after the first Africa Regional Dialogue on HIV and the Law and five years since the report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law was released, over 140 advocates are gathering this week in Johannesburg, South Africa, to take stock of progress on the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations and discuss how to overcome challenges that remain in the HIV and tuberculosis (TB) response.
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.
ARASA is delighted to share with you our Small Grants Case Studies publication. This publication, showcases 15 case studies of community-led organisations in Southern and East Africa, who were funded by ARASA through small grants to implement innovative projects to address human rights barriers related to HIV and TB in Botswana, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe between 2012-2016.