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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Danish government announces $4.4m for Alliance MSM programming in Africa


A couple ‘George’ and ‘Michael’ who are members of the gay rights organisation PEMA Kenya  © Nell Freeman for the Alliance

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, has announced a DKK 25 million (US$4.4m) grant from the Danish government to support Alliance programming for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa.

The funding will be provided over 3 years, allocated between the Alliance’s work in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, all of which criminalise same sex relationships.

The Alliance’s Executive Director, Alvaro Bermejo, welcomed the news, saying “It’s heartening to see the Danish government and DANIDA showing such leadership for the HIV response in Africa and particularly such commitment to strengthening access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services for men who have sex with men, one of the groups most affected by the epidemic and whose vulnerability to HIV is increased by repressive legislation, policy and practice that distances people from services and undermines their ability to practice safe sex.  The support from DANIDA will enable the International HIV/AIDS Alliance through its partner organisations in Africa to scale up community-based programmes that will transform and keep safe the lives of thousands.”

You can read the Danish government’s statement here (in Danish).