A reduction in HIV infections and HIV-related deaths among key populations (KPs) through improved access by key populations to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services.
Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
These countries account for 81 percent of people living with HIV and more than 21 percent of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa. Amongst those infected, little recognition is given to the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI+) communities and sex workers in most southern African countries. There is an urgent need to ensure they are included in the HIV response and can access services. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) notes that new HIV infections will decline significantly when health services are provided free of stigma and discrimination.
KP REACH is an advocacy grant to enable four KP networks ‑ African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), Africa Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), Southern African Transgender Forum (SATF) ‑ to work together strategically and efficiently in removing the barriers to accessing HIV services by KPs in the region. Its methods include: improved data collection, use and management; learning, scaling up and replication of innovative best practices for more responsive national programming, and promoting policies that improve KP access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment. It develops and spreads messages co-created with KPs to shift attitudes and beliefs so stigma and discrimination will no longer prevent KPs from accessing services.