Eastern and Southern Africa

We’re on the frontline in eastern and southern Africa, helping some of the world’s most marginalised communities access HIV and sexual reproduction and health rights services.

HIV and AIDS have had a profound impact on this part of Africa, but progress is being made.

Challenges remain, however. These vary from community to community, but typically involve a lack of access to good quality HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services, which is often exacerbated by gender and identity discrimination and even criminalisation of certain behaviours.

For example, in Uganda, the passing of an anti-homosexuality law in 2014 has made accessing vital services extremely difficult, and often dangerous, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

We want to change this.

We work with partners in some of the most marginalised communities providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services and supporting marginalised groups fighting for their fundamental rights and freedoms.

For example, in Botswana, free HIV treatment is available to anyone who needs it but human rights violations continue to undermine that response. So we work with an organisation that champions the rights of people living with HIV to ensure that they are treated with the justice and dignity they deserve.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Eastern and southern Africa is the region most affected by HIV: 45% of the world’s new HIV infections are here and 53% of people living with HIV globally live here.
  • 66% of people living with HIV in 2017 were accessing treatment in the region.
  • In household surveys conducted in 12 countries between 2013 and 2016, the percentage of adult women who reported that a male partner had physically or sexually assaulted them in the previous 12 months ranged between 16% (Mozambique) and 30% (Uganda).

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