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SAfAIDS Regional Policy Desk

SAfAIDS Regional Policy Desk has the main purpose of producing and disseminating appropriate HIV and AIDS information that engages political and civil society leadership, so that they can contribute towards HIV and AIDS policy transformation in the southern Africa region.

 

Key programming areas

The Regional Policy Desk operates through the following key programme areas:

  • Supporting networks of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) advocacy groups to develop advocacy materials
  • Enhance capacity building among PLHIV networks (national and regional) in effectively engaging policy makers in HIV and TB advocacy
  • Supporting platforms for networks of PLHIV and civil society to engage policy makers and influence policy development in southern Africa
  • Addressing the HIV policy related information and capacity strengthening of parliamentarians and other policy makers

 

SAfAIDS specific policy and advocacy programme include:

The Regional Policy Desk uses the following key programmes/projects to engage the target groups and to disseminate HIV and AIDS information:

  1. Supporting policy dialogues and documentation with national networks of people living with HIV
  2. Providing an e-platform for parliamentarians to engage and share information through the “Accelerating Leadership” eForum
  3. Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as outlined by the Maputo Plan of Action
  4. Conducting regional advocacy meetings

More information

For more information, contact SAfAIDS Regional Policy Desk: policydesk@safaids.net

 

Target group
  • Parliamentarians
  • Policy makers
  • PLHV networks and Civil Society working with parliamentarians and policy makers
Countries of operation
The Regional Policy Desk supports networks of PLHIV, civil society organisations, parliamentarians and policy makers in the following countries:

Countries of operation - SAfAIDS Regional Policy Desk

 


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The MaxART Consortium information desk during the WAD commemoration event

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