The focus is on strengthening regional KP networks and community systems in the region. The aim is for these groups to advocate for policy change and change attitudes and beliefs in order to reduce HIV incidence and mortality among KPs and increase the sustainability of the HIV response. Within the KP REACH consortium, SAfAIDS plays a technical role in strengthening the capacity of local leadership, including traditional, religious and political leaders, and national leadership in the legal and health sectors. The aim is to bring to the fore the rights of KPs within the HIV response, by breaking sociocultural and related barriers within their practice contexts. SAfAIDS will also engage media practitioners and information and communication technology (ICT) platforms to support KP networks in scaling-up their interventions and broadening the visibility of the programme across the region.
The programme aim is for these groups to advocate for policy change and change in attitudes and beliefs that aim to reduce HIV incidence and mortality among KP and to increase the sustainability of the HIV response.
Hivos, together with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, has supported and provided a coordination function for the initiative. Wider consultation with regional and international organisations included SADC, UNAIDS and UNFPA.
KP REACH OBJECTIVES
- Strengthening four existing and/or emerging regional KP networks in Southern Africa enabling improved more supportive networking so that they are able to work together and with others in a strategic and efficient manner in order to contribute to the effective development, monitoring and reporting of HIV prevention, testing and treatment programs and policies at the regional and national level.
- Improving data collection use, management, scale up and replication of innovative best practices to enable more responsive programming and policies to improve key populations, access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment at national level.
- Developing and disseminating evidence-based messaging co-created with key populations to build a unified voice and better shift attitudes and beliefs, for reduction in stigma and discrimination as a key barrier to preventing KPs from accessing prevention, testing and treatment for HIV.
- Four strengthened existing and emerging regional networks in Southern Africa that work strategically and efficiently together, and with others, to contribute to the effective development and monitoring of program and policies for improved access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services for key populations at regional and national levels, by 2018.
- Improved data collection/evidence and use, knowledge management and scale up and replication of best practice, that inform more responsive national level programming and policies for improved access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services for key populations in at least six of the eight of participating countries, by 2018.
- Unified KP-led voice through dissemination of messaging co-created with key populations that shifts attitudes and beliefs, reducing stigma and discrimination as a barrier to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services for key populations in at least least six of the eight of participating countries,by 2018.
THE KP REACH HEALTH IMPACT INCLUDES
- Facilitation of south-south learning.
- Support of key populations, (KPs) capacities in initiating and managing research and using research results within an influencing agenda.
- Investment in quality representation and meaningful participation by key populations that leads to an increase in their HIV service access.
- Increased KP-led data and evidence generation to address critical challenges and improve the understanding of KP needs.
- Establishment of champions within the health sector, justice system