In Bolivia, HIV prevalence is relatively low at 0.3%. However, prevalence rates are disproportionally higher among marginalised populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and sex workers – 25.4 % and 4.3% respectively in 2015.
In order to empower people to take control of their own sexual health and prevent HIV, our work in Bolivia focuses on education, awareness raising, training and advocacy. We work with the Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano (IDH) to ensure that HIV information is available to everyone, particularly those who are most at risk of HIV infection and are more likely to face stigma and discrimination in accessing health services.
IDH deliver healthcare and psychological services to people living with HIV and their families, and trains healthcare professions and students about HIV in Bolivia.
IDH have made a real impact in Bolivia through their advocacy, having successfully lobbied for non-discrimination in healthcare to be included in the constitution, as well as non-discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2013, IDH submitted evidence for a national review of a law that criminalises HIV transmission, and in 2014 the organisation established links with the Public Ombudsman and other monitoring structures to report and prevent human rights violations against marginalised groups.
Recently, IDH have focused on ending stigma and discrimination of marginalised populations and people living with HIV in Bolivia. In 2016, the organisation reached 4,620 people with activities that aimed to reduce stigma and discrimination and provided key affected populations with information about their human rights.
Watch: a powerful film from IDH
“Algo mas que vivir” ("There's more to life than just living") is a 30-minute film about a young woman who faces discriminatory behaviour and rejection from health personnel because of her HIV status. It explores how this affects her dream of being a mother.