Celebration of World Aids Day 2016

In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2016 and also of showing support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with, and impacted by HIV, AMSHeR joins the global community to strengthen this year theme which says “Hands Up For HIV Prevention”. The campaign for this year looks at improving prevention strategies, particularly among specific groups of people who are most vulnerable to HIV transmission and these include men who have sex with men , sex workers, transgender persons, people who inject drugs and persons in prisons, otherwise referred to as key populations.

Two reports by AMSHeR – Key populations’ experiences within the Global Fund’s New Funding Model in Sub-Saharan Africa [2015] and African key populations’ engagement with global health financing institutions [2016] both highlight the challenges that key populations face in engaging with national processes that impact on effective interventions for their communities within the national HIV response.

Through our work, AMSHeR will continue to promote the meaningful inclusion of key populations in the development of HIV prevention strategies within national responses and to support the meaningful engagement and participation of our communities in processes that advance access to quality health services for key populations, including in the development of national AIDS strategic plans and Global Fund concept notes.

In this latter regard, AMSHeR welcomes the decision of the Global Fund Board to resource the Community, Rights and Gender Strategic Initiatives to the tune of $15 million between 2017 – 2019, and to expand the remit of the CRG Special Initiative to go beyond grant signing and offer technical assistance and capacity support to communities/civil society for all stages in the Global Fund’s Funding Model.

We stand in solidarity with African key populations – sex workers, men who have sex with men, trans-diverse persons, people who use drugs, prisoners and detainees, including women who have sex with women and people living with HIV in order to end AIDS.