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The Africa Campaign on Disability and HIV & AIDS. OVERVIEW. Context Background Presentation of the Africa Campaign Invitation Conclusions. Persons with disabilities and HIV. Equal or greater risk of transmission Poor access to HIV information, testing, care and support

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The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

The Africa Campaign on Disability and HIV & AIDS


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

OVERVIEW

Context

Background

Presentation of the Africa Campaign

Invitation

Conclusions


Persons with disabilities and hiv

Persons with disabilities and HIV

  • Equal or greater risk of transmission

  • Poor access to HIV information, testing, care and support

  • Becoming aware that AIDS affects them and but feel ill-equipped to reduce the impact within their communities


The hiv aids context

The HIV/AIDS context

Dynamic rights-based movement globally

  • Civil society driven

  • Evidence-driven

  • Successful widespread involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA)

  • Singly led by UNAIDS

  • Donor influenced

    Increasingly well organised in-country

    • One Strategic Plan

    • One Coordinating Body

    • One Monitoring Mechanism


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

But …

Disabled people are completely left out


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Urgent need for improved access to HIV information and services.Urgent need for persons with disabilities - to openly acknowledge that HIV is an issue for them in order to protect themselves- to mobilise the support they need to maintain their health and wellbeing


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Background of the Campaign

  • Concept of a « coalition » originated in Kenya in 2004

  • Based on the model of the Global Coalition on Women and HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

  • July 2005 (London): broad based support for the idea by INGOs, World Bank, UNAIDS, WHO

  • September 2005 (Addis Ababa): African Coalition adopted by the Secretariat of the African Decade for Disabled Persons


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Background (cont.)

  • December 2005 (Abuja): definition of roles

  • February 2006 (London): preference for « light » structure  CAMPAIGN

  • March 2006 (Geneva): commitment from WHO (Montero and Karpf)

  • May 2006 (London): discussion of detailed Master Action Plan; call for quantifiable outputs


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

So, what is it?The Africa Campaign is a unifying umbrella under which many groups work collectively toward common aims.


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Participating or interested stakeholders

  • African DPOs

    • CAFOD, SAFOD, EAFOD, ABBEPH, NUDPU, AFBU

  • International NGOs

    • CBM, LCI, DCDD, ADD, Shia, Healthlink, PHOS, VSO, HelpAge, POWER, Advantage Africa, World Vision, IPPF, Progressio, Oxfam, CARE, Interact Worldwide, Save the Children, Shia, UK AIDS Consortium, Light for the World

  • Academic institutions

    • Yale U, ICH-UCL, NHS, independent researchers

  • Donors and international stakeholders

    • Global Fund, WB, USAID, JICA, UNAIDS, WHO, ILO


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Overall goal

To reduce the vulnerability of persons with disabilities in Africa to the impact of HIV and AIDS


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Aims

Equal access to HIV & AIDS information and services for persons with disabilities

A coordinated response involving persons with disabilities in African countries to achieve inclusive national HIV & AIDS policies and programmes


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Objectives (1)

By 2011, major AIDS donors require disability-inclusive policies and programming of recipient governments and NGOs.

By 2011, at least 12 African governments specifically address persons with disabilities in their HIV & AIDS Strategic Plans

By 2011, at least 12 of African AIDS Coordinating Bodies include persons with disabilities in programming


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Objectives (2)

By 2011, at least 12 national HIV & AIDS monitoring systems capture relevant data on disability.

By 2011, DPO and AIDS services organisations in at least 12 African countries are working together to ensure equal access to information and services at the grassroots level


What s the strategy

What’s the strategy?

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The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

“Double mainstreaming”through established networks

Disability

HIV & AIDS


Ex actions of hiv specialised members

Ex: actions of HIV-specialised members

  • Increase visibility of the vulnerability of disabled persons to the impact of HIV & AIDS

HIV & AIDS

  • Lobby for accessible information

  • Pilot accessible services

  • Ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in policy and programming for HIV and AIDS

  • Develop “guidelines”, “toolkits”, “checklists”, indicators, …

  • Ensure the greater participation of disabled persons living with HIV and AIDS


Ex actions of disability specialised members

Ex: actions of disability-specialised members

  • Lobby for the inclusion of disabled persons in policy and programming for HIV and AIDS

Disability

  • Establish good practices

  • Field test guidelines and toolkits

  • Validate checklists and indicators

  • Participate in research

  • Strive for “AIDS Competence”


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Double approach to influence National AIDS Strategic Plans

Top-down

International

policy

National

AIDS Strategic Plans

In-country action

Bottom-up


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

What do we need to do?

Generate an evidence base

Disseminate tools and good practice

Mobilise resources and political will

Capacity and skills training for

effective advocacy

Build strategic alliances

Develop AIDS competence


How can you contribute

How can you contribute?

  • Lend visibility to the problem

  • Nurture strategic contacts

  • Advocacy

  • Mobilise resources for

    • Research

    • Communications

    • Grassroots action

      … and so on.


Invitation to join

Invitation to join

www.africacampaign.org


Conclusions

Conclusions

Many people in communities across Africa feel the impact of HIV.

Many of these people are also living with disabilities.

We are joining together to achieve “Access for all”

You are welcomed to do your part


The africa campaign on disability and hiv aids

Thank you


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