Eastern and Southern Africa

In Eastern and Southern Africa we support some of the world’s most marginalised communities to access HIV and sexual reproduction and health rights services.

HIV and AIDS have had a profound impact on Eastern and Southern Africa, where there are currently 20.7 million people living with HIV. This equates to 54% of people living with HIV globally.

The challenges vary from community to community. However, they typically involve a lack of access to good quality HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services. Often, this is 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. It is often dangerous, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to even go to HIV service centres.

We want to change this.

Our work with partners supports people in some of the most marginalised communities to access to HIV prevention and treatment services. We also support marginalised groups to advocate 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.


  • New HIV infections have decreased by 38% since 2010, a larger decline than any other region.
  • 72% of people living with HIV in the region are on treatment.
  • Adolescent girls and young women account for 26% of new HIV infections in the region.
  • There are 12.3 million women living with HIV in the region compared to 7.3 million men.

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