We are a regional partnership of over 106 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.


On 19 January 2017, the Zomba High Court in Malawi delivered a landmark ruling on the application of criminal law to cases of HIV transmission and exposure. The appellant is a woman living with HIV who was convicted of negligently and recklessly doing an act which is “likely to spread the infection of any disease which is dangerous to life” under section 192 of the Malawi Penal Code for accidentally breastfeeding another person’s child.

Regional Capacity Strengthening Convening for National Human Rights Institutions

In November 2016, a 4-day regional capacity strengthening convening for National Human Rights Institutions was hosted by the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), under the Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers. The meeting provided a platform for NHRI representatives from 30 African countries and civil society organisations, to engage in evidence-informed discussions on human rights, TB/HIV and key populations issues in Africa.

Seychelles National Action Planning: African Regional Grant: Removing Legal Barriers

In August 2016, ARASA supported the National AIDS Council of the Seychelles (NAC) to host the Seychelles National Action Plan meeting. The meeting which was opened by then Minister of Health, Ms. Mitcy Larue, brought together over 60 representatives from government and civil society to engage in discussions on priority HIV, law and human rights issues of national concern and prioritise follow-up actions including law review, reform and activities to strengthen access to justice and HIV/TB prevention, treatment and care services in the Seychelles. The NAC also hosted the National Action Plan validation meeting in November 2016.

Country Political Scans: Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers

In 2016, under the Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa developed Political Scans and Advocacy timelines for Botswana, Malawi and Seychelles. As many civil society organisations often miss opportunities to engage with legal and policy reform processes due to being unaware of the existence of and how best to engage with the particular processes, these scans seek to demystify the law and policy review and reform processes, and create a tool to enable civil society to plan for engaging in specific advocacy opportunities.

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE: Call for Proposals: ARASA Small Grants- Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers (open to Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Seychelles).

ARASA SMALL GRANTS with support from the Global Fund Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers 2017 CALL FOR PROPOSALS Eligible countries: Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Seychelles Call Opens: 24 November 2016 New Deadline for Submission: 23 January 2017

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