SRHR and HIV
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) links HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), thus bringing together work on the issues at various levels, such as policy, advocacy, programming, and operations. Integration of operations includes providing HIV related services – such as testing, prevention, treatment, care, and support – and referrals for these in the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) context and vice versa.
Linking makes intuitive sense. The majority of HIV infections are sexually transmitted or are associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) increase the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, and sexual and reproductive ill health and HIV share root causes. Linking also makes practical sense. It can maximise efficiencies, increase impact and outreach, and improve community participation in HIV and SRHR issues and interventions.
Following high-level political commitment to intensify linkages, health policy makers and programme designers at national level are focusing on HIV and SRH service integration. However, in many cases, approaches are proving exclusively technical, and many challenges remain to ensure people receive high-quality services. Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) works with civil society-based organisations and governments in generalised epidemics. The aim is to support efforts to join HIV and SRH in a way that goes beyond ’hardware’ integration issues to include explicit attention to human rights and the structural issues that weaken health service delivery and threaten people’s sexual and reproductive wellbeing.
Quality Improvement of HIV and RMNH Services
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) seeks to improve the quality of services related to HIV and reproductive, maternal, and newborn health (RMNH) for women and girls in Africa. We also aim to increase the uptake of good quality services by women and girls of reproductive age. Therefore, our work focuses on good clinical governance and community-driven accountability.
Stopping Forced and Coerced Sterilisation of Women Living with HIV
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) wants to stop the forced and coerced sterilisation of women with HIV, as this is one of the most flagrant violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
Position Paper on Linking HIV and SRHR
The Stop AIDS Alliance published the position paper ’Intensify linkages between HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights for maximum impact’ (2012).
Share-Net Conference on Community Accountability
The expert meeting ’Can communities make a change? Conference on community-driven accountability in SRHR and HIV and AIDS’, organised by Share-Net, took place in 2012 .
Addressing the needs of young people living with HIV
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) aims to strengthen the coordination of support given to young people living with HIV in the pilot project Addressing the Needs of Young People Living with HIV.
Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK): What young people want, what young people need.
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) has co-developed and is currently implementing the ASK programme in Kenya and Uganda. The programme is a joint initiative and aims to improve the SRHR of young people (10-24 years) by increasing young people’s uptake of SRH services.
Link Up: Reaching and engaging young people most affected by HIV
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) contributes to the implemention of Link Up. This programme aims to reduce unintended pregnancies, HIV transmission and HIV-related maternal mortality amongst young people most affected by HIV.
Project - Healthy Young People
Unprotected sex continues to be the main driver of HIV infection among adolescents and young people in Malawi. While the national HIV prevalence rate is on the decline, that of young people aged between 10-24 is increasing. The two-year Healthy Young People project focusses on integration of comprehensive sexuality education and youth friendly health services.
Get Up, Speak Out: For Youth Rights
In Kenya, Uganda and Malawi young people face high risks for sexual and reproductive health problems and rights violations. Young people, including young people living with HIV, lack access to sexuality information and services and policies are often not well aligned to the reality of young people.