Key Population Representation, Evidence and Advocacy for Change in Health (KP-REACH) is an advocacy programme to reduce HIV infections and HIV-related deaths among key populations through improved access by key populations to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services in Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) to strengthen the capacity of four key population networks and enhance their ability to work together strategically and efficiently in addressing barriers to accessing HIV services by key populations in the project countries.

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Despite achievements in reducing AIDS-related deaths in the past decade and an overall decline in most countries, new infections among key populations are on the increase. In 2015, key populations and their sex partners accounted for 44 percent of new HIV infections globally and 25 percent in sub-Saharan Africa. The UNAIDS 2017 HIV data shows that the majority of new HIV infections occur among key populations. In many developing countries, access to HIV and other healthcare services by key populations has been limited because of stigma and discrimination, and the little recognition given to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities and sex workers. To achieve a sustainable decline in HIV infections, therefore, there is an urgent need to provide inclusive HIV services that are free of stigma and discrimination and accessible to key populations. The goal of the Key Population Representation, Evidence, Advocacy for Change in Health (KP- REACH) programme is a reduction in HIV infections and HIV-related deaths among key populations through improved access by key populations to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. It is implemented in eight Southern African countries – Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe – and the total funding is US$ 11.465 million by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) over a three-year (2016–2018) period.

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The Unheard Voices Campaign

Unheard Voices is a heart-warming radio and digital campaign implemented by KP-REACH to share real-life stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and sex workers across the Southern African region. Based on the results of a formative research to understand attitude change and response to messages, this first of its kind campaign in Southern Africa lays a thorough foundation for communications work to change narratives, impact on attitude change and address stigma and discrimination against key populations in the region. The campaign features stories of how individuals in these key population groups have become accepted for who they are over time and aims to inspire greater human kindness and inclusion.

Key Correspondent Stories

KP-REACH key correspondents are citizen journalists from the eight project countries who are reaching out to ordinary folks in their communities to unearth and tell stories of LGBT and sex workers from a human rights perspective. Their stories are published in local and international media to change attitudes and behaviour towards key populations in Southern Africa.

 

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