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Universal access for key populations


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At the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS in June a side event took place to highlight the impact of human rights violations against those at higher risk of HIV (key populations) and to promote evidence-informed approaches to addressing HIV.

The event, titled ‘A Dialogue on HIV and Human Rights: Universal Access for Key Affected Populations’ was organised by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and was hosted by the UK and South African governments.

You can watch a video of the event below.

View a photo gallery of the event

Read the Alliance’s response to the UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS

The event was chaired by Michaela Clayton, Executive Director of ARASA. Speakers included (in order of speaking):

  • Stephen O’Brien, UK Government Minister for International Development.
  • Alexei Kurmanayevsky, from Russia. He was representing INPUD and speaking on injecting drug users living with or affected by HIV.
  • Othman Mellouk from Morocco. He is Co-Chair of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV and Advocacy Coordinator for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) for North Africa. He will be speaking on men who have sex with men.
  • Penninah Mwangi, Director of Bar Hostess Association, Kenya, on sex workers.
  • Marcela Romero, from Argentina, on people who are transgender. Marcella is the regional director of REDLACTRANS, a regional network which has been working with the Alliance since 2007. Marcella has recently written about violence against transgender people in Latin America. She is also vice president of Federación Argentina de Lesbianas Gays Bisexuales y Trans and a member of the Association of Transvestites, Transsexuals and Transgendered People of Argentina.
  • Michel Kazachtkine, Executive Director of The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria.
  • Ms. Bathabile Diamani, Minister of Social Development of the Republic of South Africa.

Supporting partners of the event:

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF); The Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR), Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+), International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD), Harm Reduction International, Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), Center of Excellence for Transgender health, Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP); AIDS FONDS; SAfAIDS; and the Stop AIDS Alliance.