2018 | Change Story 10: “What A Girl Wants, What A Girl Needs”: Female Friendly Harm Reduction Services

Among Kenya’s 1,6 million people who live with HIV, 910.000 are women. Observations from peers and outreach workers in Mombasa’s drug dens indicated a high number of women who were not accessing services. This change story describes how…

2018 | Change Story 9: Let Service Beneficiaries in Tajikistan Speak

Newly detected HIV cases in Tajikistan increased by 25% in 2010. Stigma and discrimination make access to HIV/STI services complicated, contributing to an increased risk of HIV. In 2018 AFEW-Tajikistan also added a stronger focus on involvement…

2018 | Change Story 8: Responding To A Lack of Support From The Government To Address Barriers To HIV Service Delivery For Gay And Bisexual Men In Zimbabwe

Stigma and discrimination due to one’s sexual orientation or gender identity are not uncommon within health facilities in Zimbabwe (and elsewhere in the world). Such unfriendly environments reduce health seeking behaviours. Funding from BtG…

2018 | Change Story 7: Using Community Data to Catalyse and Inform Policy Action For People Who Inject Drugs in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with the fastest growing HIV epidemics in the last decade. Injecting drug use is the primary driver of HIV infection, with more than 50% of HIV infections occurring among this group. ITPC initiated ‘Missing…

2018 | Change Story 6: Using the Universal Periodic Review For Improving the Human Rights of LGBT People

In 71 states same-sex sexual relations are still outlawed, of which 8 use the death penalty as a form of punishment. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is one of the most popular ways for LGBT human rights defenders to address issues and put…

2018 | Change Story 5: Building A Resilient Movement By Sensitising the Media on LGBT Issues in Indonesia

The massive nonfactual media coverage about LGBTs strengthened negative public opinion about them, which has affected the community’s ability to access HIV and SRHR services. To address this issue, the Ardhanary Institute decided to develop…

2018 | Change Story 4: Successful Collaboration With the Government Leads to Sustainability and Empowerment of Community-Led Programmes

According to SCDI, one of our country partners in Vietnam, the government’s approach failed to address the needs of sex workers, including the need for HIV prevention, treatment and care. Together with VNSW they set out to develop an effective…

2018 | Change Story 3: Advocacy Tools: The Impact of the Smart Sex Worker’s Guide to the Global Fund

Sex worker-led organisations are often not meaningfully included in the Global Fund national processes that could ensure that they receive vital funding for community-led sex worker programming, including HIV prevention, treatment and care.…

2018 | Change Story 2: Using Normative Guidance and Community Empowerment to Improve Capacity and Coordination in Response to Drug Policy in the EECA Region

Vulnerability to HIV is well-known to be exacerbated by stigmatisation. This story illustrates that mobilisation and resilience can have a substantive and tangible impact if adequate support is provided. In the EECA region, where the state…

2018 | Change Story 1: How Strengthening the Global Network of YPLHIV Enables A More Effective HIV Response

Young people have unique HIV treatment needs. Their expertise and perspectives must inform and shape health services to ensure effectiveness, including treatment adherence. Yet, it is not always easy for adolescents to participate in global…

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