We’re on the frontline of HIV support in Namibia, working to uphold the human rights of people living with, and affected by, the virus and helping them access health services.
Like other countries affected by HIV, it is Namibia’s marginalised communities that are most at risk from the virus. In particular, men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and people who inject drugs – all of whom face high levels of discrimination and criminalisation.
We are working here to overcome the stigma, discrimination and criminalisation that all too often creates huge barriers to vital HIV services.
Did you know?
- 1% of the population in Namibia is living with HIV.
- 5% of women are living with HIV, versus 9.5% of adult men.
- Only 51.1% of young men aged 15-24 have any knowledge of HIV prevention.
Positive Vibes supports other community-based self-help groups who work with people who live with HIV and tackle ongoing discrimination against key populations. They also help other non-governmental organisations and government offices create supportive working environments for staff living with HIV and provide technical support to 25 community-based organisations.
Their support for marginalised groups includes a project that helps MSM and transgender people access health services and reconnect with their community. And they are part of a programme to strengthen links between government and community health systems to reduce the rate of new HIV infections.
OUR IMPACT IN NAMIBIA
In 2017, Positive Vibes reached:
- 5,000 people with HIV treatment, care and support.
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