Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers
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
Ministry of Health and Wellbeing, UNDP (2018). Botswana Assessment of Legal and Regulatory Framework for HIV, AIDS and Tuberculosis.
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.
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.
Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2012). HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health.
Nov 29, 2018 - Local community groups working with populations vulnerable to HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa are making inroads into obtaining official recognition by their governments, which is expanding opportunities for increased funding and ensuring a more substantial, and needed, role in national HIV responses in the region. More
Oct 22, 2018 - ARASA speeks with Commissioner George Morara from the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to learn more about their work. More
Feb 23, 2018 - Strategic litigation, legal defense and advocacy efforts are vital tools to counter the criminalisation of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and advance a human rights and evidence-based public health approach. More
Dec 12, 2017 - It was a victory for public health advocates in Malawi, as parliamentarians voted to reject coercive and criminalizing provisions in a long-deliberated HIV Bill that endangered human rights and had the potential to negatively affect the HIV response in the country. More
Sep 17, 2017 - 72 countries specifically allow for HIV criminalization, including 30 in sub-Saharan Africa. UNDP and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are partnering with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre to place justice at the centre of the HIV response. More (UNDP Stories)
Aug 8, 2017 - More than 50 members of the Africa Key Population Experts Group gathered this week in Johannesburg to take stock of progress since the group’s inception four years ago, and explore strategies to ensure that HIV, health and rights programming under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is inclusive of men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs and sex workers. More
Aug 3, 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. More
Jun 29, 2017 - High and Supreme Court judges from across Africa gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa this week for an annual forum to share experiences, compare cases across different jurisdictions, learn about the latest medical and science developments, and discuss ways to advance the use of law as a tool to respond to the HIV epidemic. More
Oct 10, 2016 - More than 30 judges from 14 African countries convened in Johannesburg, South Africa 15–17 June this year for the third annual Regional Judges’ Forum to discuss HIV and tuberculosis (TB)-related jurisprudence as part of an ongoing initiative to sensitise senior judges and uphold the rights of people living with HIV in Africa. More
Nov 23, 2015 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a US$10.5 million grant to address human rights barriers faced by vulnerable communities in Africa, and facilitate access to lifesaving healthcare. The grant is the first of its kind and will cover 10 countries including Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, the Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. More