Durban Reflections: What will it take to win quality HIV treatment and prevention for key populations?
The International AIDS Conference in Durban in July provided an important moment for further debate and discussion about the challenges and barriers undermining access to services for key populations. Key population groups themselves, as well as other activists, funders, and health care providers shared best practices and strategies on service provision, and identified priorities for advocacy going forward.Read more
In April of this year, a vocal minority of governments barred several organizations representing gay men and other men who have sex with men, trans people, sex workers and people who use drugs and from around the world from participating in the United Nations High-level Meeting on HIV. A handful of UN Member States took this a step further by then blocking the inclusion of important language on addressing the epidemic among these key populations in the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS. Both these occurrences provided yet another reminder for many activists around the world of how little progress has been made in protecting and advancing the legal and human rights of marginalized communities. These events sparked a renewed call from activists demanding that services for key populations be made a top priority of the global AIDS movement, just in time for the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa.Read more
[Originally published on Huffington Post]
For over a year, AIDS advocates across the country have been publicly challenging presidential candidates to make concrete commitments to the policies and funding needed to curb the AIDS pandemic. For an entire year, student AIDS activists questioned candidates publicly at campaign events throughout the country, prompting verbal agreements from both democratic and republican primary challengers. Starting in May, a coalition of advocates have been engaging with the Clinton, Sanders, and Trump campaigns to get agreement on a consensus statement with a range of domestic and global asks.
Today, Health GAP joined Ugandan civil society partner organizations, under the umbrella of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, in speaking out against a brutal and unlawful police raid on August 4th, 2016 targeting Ugandans celebrating LGBTI Pride.Read more
Last week, Health GAP was in South Africa for the bi-annual International AIDS Conference. AIDS 2016 was special. After 16 years, the conference returned to South Africa, a country with the world’s largest HIV epidemic, and to Durban, a city where 16 years ago activists catalyzed a sea-change in the world’s response to the AIDS epidemic in the Global South. One week later, we’re still talking about the moments from the International AIDS Conference that left us feeling inspired to continue our work in the fight for universal access to HIV treatment, prevention and care.