KP REACH has been formulated by KP networks and NGOs in Southern Africa to address the high levels of HIV infection among sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) and women who have sex with women (WSW).
The eight countries included in the program account for 81% of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the achievements in reducing AIDS-related deaths in the past decade and an overall decline in most countries, new infections in key populations are on the rise. The overall goal of the regional proposal is to strengthen region KP networks and communities systems in Southern Africa. The aim is for these groups to advocate for policy change and change in the attitudes and beliefs aimed at reducing HIV incidence and mortality among KP and to increase the sustainability of the HIV response.
Throughout the development of the program, KP networks and organisations and specifically African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA), Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) and an emerging network of transgender organizations called the Southern Africa Trans* Forum (SATF – represented in the interim by Gender DynamiX), contributed and have driven the process together with other research and NGO partners including M&C Saatchi World Services, Positive Vibes, SAfAIDS and the Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT). Hivos together with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance has supported and provided a coordination function for the initiative.
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