HIV and AIDS Projects

Project Synopsis

Capacity Building of a Sex Worker Organisation

Botswana is experiencing one of the most severe HIV/AIDS pandemics in the world. In 2009, it was estimated that one quarter of the population was living with HIV. Research suggests that sex workers play a critical role in reducing the spread of the pandemic.

However, sex workers remain criminalised in Botswana, which results in stigma, and discrimination against them at the hands of health service providers. An additional problem is the police harassment that prevents sex workers from consistently accessing prevention and health care, ultimately fuelling HIV transmission.

Community Monitoring and Public Accountability on HIV and AIDS Resources and Services

The actual level of HIV/AIDS spending in Zimbabwe is currently unknown, making it difficult to ascertain whether there is a gap in resources relative to need, or whether specific activities are being under or over funded.

Given this, how do communities benefit from the different sources of funding? One objective of the HIV programme is to enhance civil society participation in monitoring state expenditure to ensure people living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS access appropriate health care services.

Building Community Capacities, Evidence and Voice in Engaging on Health and Social Justice in Zimbabwe

Civil society plays an important role in the social and political development of Zimbabwe; over 700 civil society organisations (CSOs) currently exist in that country.

However, monitoring and research in Zimbabwe is important to make clear who benefits from state and corporate services, and to what extent these benefits are sustainable. The current situation in Zimbabwe provides an opportunity for CSOs to strengthen their representation of communities in shaping health policies.

Strengthening Capacity to Advocate for the Health and Well-Being of Women Living with HIV and AIDS in Botswana

Women in Botswana struggle to access their sexual and reproductive health rights. Those infected with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS struggle even more because of the stigma and discrimination they experience from health care workers, family members and the community.

The state has failed to provide legislative and policy frameworks that safeguard the sexual and reproductive health, and rights, of these women; even when policies do exist, they are not implemented. All these factors result in women not making independent sexual and reproductive health choices.

Strengthening the legal network on women’s property and inheritance

Enhancing the Coordination of the Legal Network on Women’s Property and Inheritance in Eastern and Southern Africa

Know your sexual and reproductive rights

The main goal of this project is to support the Namibia Women’s Health Network’s in responding to the sexual and reproductive rights abuses of women living with HIV in Namibia - by seeking redress and halting coerced sterilisation as a cornerstone of efforts to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of HIV positive women in Namibia.

This project aims to provide both organisational strengthening and programmatic support to increase the effectiveness of the organisation as well as to continue and expand the work on sexual and reproductive rights.

Building Young Women Leaders

The main goal of this project is to promote the development of young women leaders living with and affected by HIV to create, lead and direct vibrant women’s movements in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe for the future through a structured capacity building, mentoring and peer-to-peer learning leadership programme.

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