Hivos International

HIV and Human Rights

Hivos started working on HIV in the early 90’s, approaching the epidemic with a broad development and human rights perspective. With support from the Dutch government and other back donors, Hivos was the first development organisation in the Netherlands to bring the connection between HIV and AIDS and the human rights of LGBTI people to the HIV response debate.

Our basic premise today is the same as then. The HIV response will remain incomplete and the global targets set for 2030 will not be met if we do not address the underlying drivers of the epidemic - poverty, inequality, harmful gender norms, and all forms of discrimination – that concern basic human rights and exacerbate the HIV and AIDS-related health problems of Key Populations.

Hivos specifically promotes innovative, inclusive and sustainable policies and projects designed by and for Key Populations to be truly sensible to their specific needs and the contexts that surround them. The Key Populations most affected by the epidemic that Hivos works with and supports include: People Living with HIV (PLWHIV) - particularly women and girls, Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Transgender people (TG), Sex Workers (SW), Young People, and People who use Drugs (PWUD).

In 2016, the Hivos HIV and AIDS portfolio consisted of more than 150 partner organisations located in 30 countries, reaching over around 500 community-based organisations. The Hivos ”HIV and Human Rights programme” projects –funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, and Stop Aids Now! –, currently runs eleven projects worldwide that focus on reducing the risks, vulnerability and impact of HIV on the lives of Key Populations by:

  • Improving access to quality and stigma-free healthcare services
  • Empowering communities of and organisations serving Key Populations
  • Coordinating and strengthening networks at national and regional levels
  • Generating evidence for advocacy
  • Promoting enabling environments

Our projects entail a broad range of interventions that directly contribute to achieving the global goals to end the HIV epidemic in 2030 (UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy), for example:

  • Direct procurement of antiretroviral drugs (ARV), condoms and lubricants
  • Conducting HIV testing, and providing respective counselling and psychosocial support when needed
  • Implementing anti-stigma and prevention campaigns at the local, regional and global level
  • Providing technical assistance and supporting capacity strengthening for Key Populations’ civil society organisations
  • Stimulating the integration of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis prevention and treatment services
  • Collecting reliable data and evidence to strengthen and expand the response against the epidemic
  • Promoting civic monitoring activities to assess the access and quality of healthcare services for Key Populations
  • Encouraging of South-South cooperation and knowledge-sharing

Many people directly affected by HIV are now receiving timely and life-saving treatment due to worldwide efforts by a myriad of organisations that have received Hivos’ support throughout the years. The brochure ‘No Ending Aids without Human Rights’, which you can download from the right sidebar documents box, details the aims, achievements and good practices of our HIV and Human Rights projects funded by the Global Fund and our other activities in the same realm.