GALLERY: In our own words
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is supporting the ENDAIDS2030 Festival (26 November- 3 December) with an exhibition of images from Myanmar, Nigeria and Uganda. The Festival will raise public awareness of the UK-based and international HIV responses and inspire them towards the global goal of ending AIDS by 2030.
Earlier this year, the Alliance partnered with PhotoVoice to deliver a series of participatory photography projects to support communities in the three countries to advocate for improved access to HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs, and adolescent girls and young women.
This series of pictures explores the challenges facing these communities to access lifesaving HIV testing or treatment services, often as a result of discrimination and criminalisation.
Equal access to healthcare services is a fundamental right and must be made available for everyone.
PhotoVoice participant from Uganda
Advocates and young emerging champions from community-based organisations were supported to explore the use of photography and storytelling in their work, and to use the captions to support their advocacy messages.
The project is part of the Alliance’s work within the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV Response (PITCH), which is a strategic partnership between the Alliance, Aidsfonds (Netherlands) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
PhotoVoice is a UK based charity with a vision for a world in which everybody has the opportunity to represent themselves and tell their own story. Its mission is to promote the ethical use of photography for positive social change, through delivering innovative participatory photography projects.