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?
- There has been a 38% reduction in new infections since 2010
- 55% of the total number of people living with HIV are adult women versus 38% of adult men.
- Over 91% of people living with HIV know their status, and 92% of people living with HIV are on treatment; so currently two of the 90-90-90 targets for Namibia have been met.
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. Alongside this they 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 2018, Positive Vibes:
- Provided 25 CBOs with technical support
- Co-created pilot ‘LILO Women’ and ‘LILO Family’ curriculums
- Contributed to the decriminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct in Namibia
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