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Danish government AIDS review finds Alliance model effective


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“We will not be able to tackle the HIV epidemic efficiently as long as we do not also squarely address stigma, discrimination, and violations of human rights.” The comment comes from a statement made by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Søren Pind, just last month at the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS.

To address these challenges the Danish government see civil society actors as key players because of their ability to access groups that are at risk, stigmatised and hard to reach with prevention, treatment, care and support activities.

The Alliance has worked closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Demark since 1999, receiving much needed funding that supports the Alliance’s work with the most at risk populations including sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who use drugs. These are groups who are particularly exposed to stigma, discrimination and human rights violations and often struggle to access HIV services.

In a recent report, Review of Denmark’s support to the response to HIV/AIDS 2011, commissioned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, capacity building and funding mechanisms for NGOs and CBOS to support civil society were noted to be an effective and essential element in HIV/AIDS programmes.

The review concluded that any national strategy should be country context specific in order to be effective and efficient. The Alliance’s model was particularly highlighted as being central to the Danish Strategy and increased financial support was recommended in the review.

Jill Russell, the Head of Resource Mobilisation at the Alliance said, “The finding from the review into the Danish government’s programmes on HIV/AIDS is encouraging news for the Alliance. We are pleased to see the work we are doing is recognised as being particularly effective.”

The fight against HIV/AIDS and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights is high on the Danish government’s agenda. Overall the report concluded that the Danish contribution to tackling HIV/AIDS has made substantial impact.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Danish government to tackle HIV/AIDS and deliver value for money. Our focus on reaching the most vulnerable and working with linking organisations to tackle the barriers to HIV prevention, treatment and care, such as stigma and discrimination, will continue thanks to the support of the Danish government and all our donors,” added Russell.

    The Alliance’s model was highlighted as being central to the Danish Strategy