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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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Presentation of the Africa Campaign



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

But …

Disabled people are completely left out

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

Background of the Campaign services.

  • 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

Background (cont.) services.

  • 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

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

Participating or interested stakeholders services.

  • African DPOs


  • 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

Overall goal services.

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

Aims services.

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

Objectives (1) services.

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

Objectives (2) services.

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? services.

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“Double mainstreaming” services.through established networks



Ex actions of hiv specialised members
Ex: actions of HIV-specialised members services.

  • Increase visibility of the vulnerability of disabled persons to the impact of 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 services.

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


  • Establish good practices

  • Field test guidelines and toolkits

  • Validate checklists and indicators

  • Participate in research

  • Strive for “AIDS Competence”

Double approach to influence National AIDS Strategic Plans services.





AIDS Strategic Plans

In-country action


What do we need to do? services.

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? services.

  • 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 services.

Conclusions services.

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

Thank you services.