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We are a regional partnership of over 115 non-governmental organisations working together to promote a human rights based response to HIV and TB in southern and east Africa, through capacity building and advocacy.
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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.
In a first for Africa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum and other partners are convening a Women’s Parliament in Mahe, Seychelles next week to render traction to efforts to eradicate HIV infections among women and girls who bear a disproportionately higher burden of the HIV epidemic. Former Presidents are among the approximately 120 delegates at this two day gathering as SADC Member States strive to move from rhetoric to action.