Inclusive societies

The Alliance strategy works towards four key results.
Result 3 is inclusive and engaged societies, which we are achieving through advocating for HIV, health, gender and human rights.

Throughout 2016 we continued to challenge systems and structures that exclude people because of harmful cultural, social and gender norms, criminalisation of identities and behaviours and restrictive laws, policies and practices.

Photovoice BangladeshA photovoice expression of 'what stigma looks like to me'. ©Tanim, Alliance Photovoice project.

We made significant contributions to improving global policies that impact the lives of people affected by HIV. We advocated with and for communities at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, UNGASS on drugs, the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS, and the International AIDS Conference.

With the launch of the Rapid Response Fund in October 2016, we expanded our reach to additional countries with some of the most hostile and challenging legal and policy environments. The Fund is available for LGBT-led organisations in 29 countries, to respond to new or worsening situations that impact HIV services provided to MSM or the LGBTI community. By the end of 2016, the Fund had issued 37 grants across 13 countries. Read the Rapid Response Fund 2016 report, and this blog about why need a Rapid Response Fund for LGBT and MSM groups.

Our Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response (PITCH) with Aidsfonds and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs worked with Linking Organisations, networks and community-based organisations in nine countries to define local and national policy goals for key populations and women and girls.

2016 milestones

Linking Organisations and Alliance partners in 12 countries contributed to developing or improving policies that impact the lives of people living with HIV

2016 target reached (16)

Successes included:

  • BONELA and Positive Vibes were involved in ensuring the registration of an LGBT organisation (LEGABIBO). This has also resulted in LEGABIBO having better engagement from the wider community.
  • AIDS Care China developed a model of methadone take away services for people who use drugs. The Yunnan Institute of Drug Abuse has since then taken leadership of this approach and developed a standard operating procedure in nine clinics using it. A tenth clinic is being supported to start a take-away service with its own resources. 
  • Alliance for Public Health (APH) contributed to the development of opioid substitution treatment and drug control regulatory acts, which was endorsed in the Ukrainian parliament in 2016. This ensures funding is set aside to procure methadone for drug users.

In 28 countries, the Alliance played a role in holding governments to account in upholding human rights, enabling universal access to services and increasing domestic financing of the national HIV response

2016 target exceeded (12)

In 2016, we reached 379,429 people with programmes addressing stigma, discrimination and social exclusion in countries with high levels of stigma

2016 target exceeded (200,000)

Linking Organisations reached 6,009 health workers, 2,121 police, 1,976 community leaders and 1,332 government officials with activities designed to reduce the incidence of stigma and discrimination.