The Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers aims to address human rights barriers faced by vulnerable communities in Africa, and facilitate access to lifesaving health care. The grant is the first of its kind and covers 10 countries, including Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, the Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The programme also works at the continental and regional levels with the African Union Commission and key Regional Economic Communities (Southern African Development Community, Economic Community of West African States and East African Community) to promote alignment of national laws and policy with regional and international human rights commitments.
The programme is supported through a three-year grant by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. UNDP is the Principal Recipient of the grant and implements in collaboration with four African civil society organizations - the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), ENDA Santé, KELIN, and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) – with recognized expertise in documenting human rights violations, strategic litigation, advocacy and capacity-strengthening.
The goal of the programme is to strengthen the legal and policy environment to reduce the impact of HIV and TB on key populations in Africa, including men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who use drugs and prisoners.
The programme has four objectives:
- To strengthen regional and national evidence-based law, policy and strategy to support improved access to and delivery of HIV and TB services for key populations (men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who use drugs and prisoners).
- To strengthen access to justice and enforcement of supportive laws to support improved access to and delivery of HIV and TB services for these key populations.
- To strengthen regional and national mechanisms to prevent and address human rights violations that impede key population access to HIV and TB services.
- To strengthen the capacity of regional non governmental organizations to take on Global Fund Principal Recipient roles and functions.
Africa Regional Grant on HIV reports
SALC (2018). Reflecting on the Closing of Civic Spaces and its Impact on Marginalised Groups in Southern Africa.
Ministry of Health and Wellbeing, UNDP (2018). Botswana Assessment of Legal and Regulatory Framework for HIV, AIDS and Tuberculosis.
KELIN (2017). Treat us with dignity: Improving police relations and cooperation with key populations for better public health, community safety and human rights.
KELIN (2017). Treat us with dignity: Improving police relations and cooperation with key populations for better public health, community safety and human rights – Summary.
SALC (2017). Using Complaints to Address Healthcare Violations: A Guide for Community-Based Organisations and Healthcare Users.
SALC (2017). Access to Justice for Healthcare Violations: A Guidance Note for Complaints Bodies.
SALC (2017). Access to Justice for Healthcare Violations: Background Document.
ARASA, UNDP (2016). Botswana Political Scan.
ARASA, UNDP (2016). Malawi Political Scan.
ARASA, UNDP (2016). Seychelles Political Scan.
NAC, ARASA, UNDP (2016). Seychelles HIV & AIDS National Action Plan to Remove Legal Barriers.
NAC, ENDA Santé, UNDP (2016). Nigeria Action Plan.
SALC (2016). Using Complaints to Address Healthcare Violations: A Guide for Healthcare Users and Community-Based Organisations
Key global resources
Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2018). HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health – 2018 Supplement.
UNDP (2017). Fact Sheet on HIV and the Law.
UNDP (2017). Global Commission on HIV and the Law: 5 Facts.
UNDP (2017). Advancing Human Rights, Equality and Inclusive Governance to end AIDS.
UNDP (2017). UNDP Support to the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 3.
UNDP (2014). Practical manual: Legal environment assessment for HIV: An operational guide to conducting national legal, regulatory and policy assessments for HIV.
UNDP (2013). Compendium of Judgments for Judicial Dialogue on HIV, Human Rights and the Law in East and Southern Africa.
Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2012). HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health.
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