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Standing up for women’s rights – someone had to

When HIV and identity carry the same burden of discrimination it can be difficult to know where to start in trying to encourage acceptance. In Zimbabwe’s homophobic culture human rights activist, Martha Tholanah has committed her life to fighting for the … more
June 23, 2017 Filed under HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights 0 Comments

Her name was Simelane

Lesbian lives don’t matter – not enough, not the way they should. Hate motivates vicious attacks and gruesome murders of women. South African soccer star Simelane Simelane suffered such a fatal fate. more
June 23, 2017 0 Comments

Same-sex marriage – Malawi’s stance

Civil society organisations insist they will continue fighting for the rights of key populations despite strong resistance from faith groups in Malawi. more
March 28, 2017 Filed under Same-sex marriage 0 Comments

Changes to the Key Correspondents Programme

From 1 September 2016, activity relating to the Key Correspondents Programme is on hold for the foreseeable future whilst ongoing options for the programme are considered. This website will be updated once further information is available. more
August 24, 2016 0 Comments

Prisoners in Zambia need better access to HIV services

As the Zambia Prison service embarks on a campaign to reduce HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men, gay rights activists say more needs to be done to tackle homophobia and discrimination in the country. Prisoners are one … more
August 23, 2016 Filed under HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights 0 Comments

HIV diagnosis during pregnancy increases risk of domestic abuse

Being diagnosed with HIV during pregnancy increases the risk of domestic violence postpartum among women with no history of abuse in their relationship. A few weeks ago during my work as a specialist doctor in infectious diseases at a hospital … more
August 22, 2016 Filed under HIV and the post 2015 development agenda 0 Comments

Why is HIV-related stigma still rife in Uganda?

More than three decades since the first case of HIV was diagnosed in Uganda, it is inexcusable that stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV still rear their ugly heads among us. In one way or another, many Ugandans … more
August 19, 2016 Filed under HIV and the post 2015 development agenda 0 Comments

Poverty holds back progress in prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Nigeria

Mrs. Chinwe* from Anambra in south-Eastern Nigeria is a 30-year-old mother of three who is living with HIV: “I discovered I had HIV after my baby died. I had gone to the hospital to determine his cause of death when … more
August 18, 2016 Filed under HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights 0 Comments