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NETWORK PRESENTATION-Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS(BONELA). REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON HIV/AIDS and VULNERABLE GROUPS MARCH 11-13, 2009, CAPE TOWN. BONELA.

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Network presentation botswana network on ethics law and hiv aids bonela

NETWORK PRESENTATION-Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS(BONELA)

REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON HIV/AIDS and VULNERABLE GROUPS

MARCH 11-13, 2009, CAPE TOWN


Bonela

BONELA

BONELA Promotes a just and inclusive environment for people affected by HIV and AIDS through education, training community members, advocating for better policies and laws, raising public awareness through media campaigns, monitoring human rights violations, researching key issues and providing free legal aid.


Focusing on bonela issues

FOCUSING ON BONELA ISSUES

Rights in the Workplace

Rights around HIV testing

Right to health

Children’s rights

Women’s rights

Reproductive health rights

Rights for prisoners and people with non-heterosexual identities

Rights for sex workers

Rights for people living with disabilities


Prism baseline

PRISM BASELINE

In 2007 BONELA interviewed different organizations to identify gaps and needs of MSM and WSW regarding ability to access prevention services. Basing on the findings, recommendations for the Prevention and Research Initiative for Sexual Minorities (PRISM) implementation were made.

Another study- (MSM HIV prevalence probe) to improve the understanding of HIV prevention, sexual behavior and uptake of prevention services was conducted in 2008. The study was in 2 parts; a qualitative component that explores knowledge and behavior, and a HIV prevalence using salivary exudates (oral swab).


Challenges

Challenges

  • Legal context (“carnal knowledge against the order of nature”)

  • Socio-cultural barriers

  • Attitudes (homophobic) at all levels

  • Stigma and discrimination

  • Political will power and buy-in

  • Knowledge and information

  • Donor dependence

    Non-registration of LeGaBiBo


Lessons learnt

LESSONS LEARNT

  • Area of policy is a long term commitment

  • Advocacy is a big investment in terms of money, time, people involved

  • Good for awareness raising and ownership building if done properly

  • Have to be focused on what needs to be achieved

  • Strong leadership to facilitate in keeping the advocacy on track


Recommendations

Recommendations

  • Need for collaboration, education and training of public health staff

  • The legislative environment need to support/accommodate minorities

  • Broader research and continuous information dissemination needed


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Sex workers/MSM/WSW need social and political support

  • Sex workers/MSM/WSW need tailored health education

  • Public health services need to offer vulnerable groups a deliberate service

  • Various stakeholders need to take note of emerging abuse against vulnerable groups

  • Empowerment of MSM/WSW communities and a strengthening of self esteem is needed


Prism implementation

PRISM IMPLEMENTATION

Dissemination of the needs assessment and MSM study findings

Educating the general public on MSM/WSW/LGBTI issues as well as MSM/WSW/LGBTIs for empowerment

Trainings for service providers and leaders in various settings for capacity building and skill enhancement

Advocacy, sensitization and lobbying various levels of policy makers

Workshops, public forums or dialogues, production of IEC materials (booklets and pamphlets) and other media modes like radio talk shows and newspapers will be used as a strategy.


Finally

FINALLY

Fulfilling the rights of men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women as well as sex workers is not only intrinsically valuable, it is also a critical means for improved health outcomes for them and the broader community in the long term


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