Ensuring Gender Equality Remains Central focusing on:

  • Women, young women and adolescent girls in- and out-of-school, in rural settings and cities, to have access to information on their rights and responsibilities and build agency to advocate for their own rights and position themselves strategically to influence family, societal and policy spheres to recognise their rights to SRH; and

 

  • Men and young men engaged as partners, steering their support for greater control and access to resources and access to SRH services for the benefit of women and girls. By building gender transformed agency/ attitudes/ beliefs among young men as future partners/ husbands, and community leaders; a key shift from gender-based discrimination will be realised, facilitating reduction of SRH rights violations for women and girls.

Utilising the SRH rights sphere as an entry point to sensitise and engage political, TRLs on the needs and rights of KPs to SRH information and services in a non-discriminatory manner in their constituencies of reach, has been effective through the dialogue and capacity building cascade methodologies applied during the year. SAfAIDS continues to complement the efforts of KP-focused organisations within the SRH and HIV response in the region by creating spaces where KPs voices are raised and heard, and pressing the need for their SRHR to be tabled within policy and service delivery decision-making processes at national and regional levels.


SAfAIDS role in facilitating regional dialogue and advocacy platforms for multiple stakeholders involved in the SRH rights agenda for KPs, including civil society, TRLs, regional economic communities such as the SADC Secretariat, UN agencies and bilateral co-operating partners has proved valuable in keeping KP SRH concerns, needs and rights firmly on the agenda of non-KP focused institutions working within the HIV, GBV and SRH spheres across the region. During the year, the commitment by partners who attended the various regional advocacy KP platforms to take forward issues raised at national level by establishing national CSO KP SRH taskforces, represents tangible progress.

PSA (Partnership for Social Accountability Alliance)

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The Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance is led by ActionAid together with the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) and SAfAIDS, and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project seeks to improve public resource management in agriculture (food security), and health (HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights) by strengthening the oversight and social accountability roles of five target groups in the SADC region: Selected parliamentary committees; Relevant government departments; Issue-based civil society organisations (CSOs); Smallholder farmer organisations; and the Media.

In the first three years (2016 – 2019), the project will focus on Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. In each of the target countries, the partners will provide training on public resource management, support for critical social accountability monitoring, and platforms for collaboration and learning.

The PSA Alliance consists of: PSAM – www.psam.org.za; SAfAIDS – www.safaids.net; ESAFF – www.esaff.org; and ActionAid – www.actionaid.org.

SAfAIDS has intervened to increase the participation of young people from vulnerable and hard to-reach settings, promote their SRH and protect their SRHR through various programmes in thepast year, framed around the SAfAIDS Young for Real (Y4R) model of empowering, equipping and engaging adolescents and young people (YP) as agents of their own SRH agenda.

The seven programmes under this objective are: FreshCom; SCORE (Sustainable Communities Of Real Excellence); Music Aid; PCOSE (Promoting Comprehensive Sexuality Education), Integrating GBV, HIV and TB Prevention, DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored & Safe) and Changing the River’s Flow for Young People (CTRF4YP) These programmes are running inLesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

SAfAIDS is implementing the PITCH (Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV Response) Programme in Masvingo Rural and Chivi districts with BHASO; and Bubi District with Bekezela

 

PITCH project is supported by AIDS Fonds in Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Indonesia, Vietnam & Ukraine

Aim - Ending AIDS epidemic in countries most affected by HIV; supporting them to transform national HIV responses by strengthening their advocacy skills and capacities and promoting innovative evidence-informed practice    

Advocacy - should lead to a more effective response to ensure equal access to SRH services by ALL & leaving no one behind! 

HIV is still a major public health threat with HIV prevalence estimated to be:

  • 28 times higher among people who inject drugs
  • 12 times higher among sex workers
  • 60% of new infections among young people are within 15-24 yrs age group
  • People in need of HIV services often have poor access to effective treatment and prevention options

The PITCH (Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV Response) seeks to:

  • Facilitate equal access to HIV related services for KPs, youth, women and girls groups in Zimbabwe
  • Promote SRH Rights for KPs, youth, women, and girls affected by HIV
  • Equal and full rights for all KPs, youth, women and girls in Zimbabwe
  • Strengthen KP, youth, women, and girls CSOs in HIV and rights advocacy in Zimbabwe