First linking organisation in Central Asia
Anti-AIDS Association (AAA), based in Kyrgyz Republic, has become the Alliance’s first linking organisation in Central Asia, an area facing a rapidly developing HIV epidemic.
The Alliance has worked with AAA since 2005. The new agreement, signed on 13 January, marks the Association’s transition from a partner organisation to a member of the Alliance.
AAA is the national network organisation representing fifteen community-based and non-governmental AIDS service organisations in Kyrgyz Republic. Its mission is to join efforts to increase civil society’s response to AIDS.
AAA will soon receive funding from Round 3 of CAAP, a project financed by the World Bank and the UK’s Department for International Development. This will enable AAA, in cooperation with the Alliance, to expand its work in the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Expansion into El Salvador
As part of its expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Alliance has made its first partnership in El Salvador, with Asociacion Atlacatl Vivo Positivo.
The Alliance’s collaboration with Atlacatl will focus on key populations at higher risk from HIV. El Salvador has a concentrated epidemic. HIV prevalence is 25% among gay men, 23.7% among transgenders, and 3.6% among sex workers, compared to 0.9% in the general population.
One of the issues faced by key populations in El Salvador is a high level of stigma and discrimination. To address this, Atlacatl will this year launch an anti-stigma project modelled on the successful Vida Digna initiative developed in Mexico by Alliance linking organisation Colectivo Sol.
HIV positive activists established Atlacatl in 1998 to address the issues of human rights and access to health, education and employment for people living with HIV. The following year the organisation won a landmark case at the Interamerican Court of Human Rights, forcing the Salvadoran government to provide free access to antiretroviral treatment.
Atlacatl is expected to become a member of the Alliance later this year.