Breaking Barriers Advancing Rights

© Gemma Taylor for Frontline AIDS

Breaking Barriers Advancing Rights exists because we won’t end AIDS if we continue to threaten and violate – rather than respect and uphold – human rights.

‘Breaking Barriers Advancing Rights: Strengthening Health Systems to remove Human Rights Barriers to HIV-related and other health services’ is a new programme for Frontline AIDS in 2019.

Over the next 13 months, we are taking on a number of activities to ensure that human rights interventions in national health systems are of a high quality.

We know that only 0.13% of HIV funding is allocated to human rights responses. What we don’t know, is much at all about how human rights programming improves access to services. The data barely exists.

Where high-level policy guidance does exist, it doesn’t include best practices, or how to support programme implementers themselves.

Global thought leaders know that gender inequalities, stigma, discrimination and criminalisation continue to persist as massive barriers to preventing and treating HIV globally. Most often, this affects marginalised populations such as sex workers, people who use drugs, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and men who have sex with men (MSM) communities, and people living with HIV.

Breaking Barriers Advancing Rights will identify, train, support and deploy people who are experts in human rights to support country partners – both in government as well as in civil society – to design, deliver and oversee high quality human rights interventions. The focus will be to reduce human rights-related barriers to health services in the context of Global Fund national grants to countries.

Breaking Barriers Advancing Rights is supported by GIZ BACKUP Health, and implemented in collaboration with the Global Fund human rights team to support the delivery of human rights programming in country national grants in the four countries.


The project is in its inception, and as such results are not yet available.

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