Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Africa regional workshop examines SRHR and HIV integration

7
NOV
2011

One of the workshop participants, Clementine Mumba (International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Zambia Board Member) (c) The Alliance

Earlier this year the Alliance brought together Linking Organisations and partners from East and Southern Africa for a workshop on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV integration.

It was organised by the Alliance Secretariat and the Regional Technical Support Hub for East, Central and Southern Africa.

The workshop gathered together 19 participants from Alliance Linking Organisations, Country Offices and Partners from Cote d´Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as Secretariat staff to develop an understanding of how integrating HIV and SRHR would improve the HIV response in the region.

One of the highlights of the workshop was the opportunity to conduct a field visit to the SWOP clinic in Nairobi, a one-stop shop offering a range of services to sex workers, including information on safe sex, HIV testing and counselling, condom information and provision, screening and treatment, family planning provision and referrals. This offered an opportunity for participants to see ‘integration in action’ and to discuss practical tools and challenges of integration for key populations.

On the last day of the workshop, participants also had an opportunity to learn more about the Regional Technical Support Hub and the range of services it provides.

As the final outcome, participants identified opportunities and key interventions for SRHR and HIV integration in their organisations and designed an action plan for the next year. This workshop has also provided a forum for learning and sharing of tools and experiences based on the participants’ diverse experience.

The workshop was facilitated by the Centre of African Family Studies (CAFS), drawing on technical tools developed by the Alliance including the Good Practice Guide on Integration of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.