Co-creating Conscious Learning Cultures Learning Journeys: What works in advocacy for access to health?
KP REACH is a three-year (2016-2018) Global Fund financed programme formulated by “Key Population” networks and NGOs in Southern Africa to address the higher levels of HIV infection among sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender people. Lesbians and other women who have sex with women were included in this grant as a “key focus group”.
Over the years of implementation, the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) has led the KP REACH Learning component of the KP REACH project. While the overall aim of the project is reduced HIV incidence and mortality among key populations in Southern Africa through improved access by key populations to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services, the learning mechanism has been particularly concerned with the role of knowledge and learning in advocacy, political action and organising, and programming.
An assumption in the implementation of this project has been that stronger networks will work more effectively with their members and partners in-country and that this in turn will strengthen the work on access to health services in the context of HIV.
In-country conversations have opened up space for critical engagement around issues that activists face in the work around access including challenging the politics of knowledge and of money, navigating scarcity whether real or artificial, individual as well as collective/communal wellness and wellbeing, and building healthy solidarities.