AMSHeR in Consortium with UNDP and HEARD Hosts the LEAs Training

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] in consortium with the United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] and the Health Economics and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) of University of KwaZulu Natal – as part of the implementation of a regional project on Linking Policy and Programming for Reducing HIV Risks and Improving Sexual Reproductive Health Rights [SRHR] of Young Key Populations in Southern Africa has convened a three days’ training (5-7 July 2017) for the National Steering Committee Members from Southern Africa on Legal Environment Assessments (LEAs).
 
The Linking Policy and Programming project is a five year project that aims at strengthening Legal and Policy Environments for reducing HIV risk and improving Sexual and Reproductive Health [SRH] for Young Key Populations in Southern Africa, specifically in Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The project covers the period 2016-2020.

The Legal Environment Assessments [LEAs] are one of the UNDP’s interventions under this project and are a key strategy towards advocacy for law reform and developing enabling legal and regulatory frameworks for national responses to HIV and address  Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR) needs of young Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender individuals, sex workers of all genders, Drug Injecting Users and Prisoners aged of 10 to 24 years.

‘AMSHeR is excited to be part of the Linking Policy and Programming Project – the first of its kind on the continent focusing solely on reducing HIV risk and improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young Key Populations in Africa. AMSHeR envisages a continental wide response in ensuring inclusion of  Young Key Populations in health interventions in Africa who are doubly excluded, both as key populations and as young people. Ending AIDs and promoting heathy communities will not be a reality until, no one is left behind,’ said Berry Didier Nibogora, AMSHeR’s Law and Human Rights Manager and Young Key Populations Project Lead.

For more information on the Linking Policy to Programming, please follow this link https://www.amsher.org/project/ykp/