According to UNAIDS, there are approximately 7.1 million people living with HIV in South Africa, making it the biggest HIV epidemic in the world. 65% of these people are receiving antiretroviral treatment and the epidemic disproportionately affects key populations such as sex workers and men who sex with men (MSM).
The AIDS Legal Network (ALN) is a human rights organisation committed to the promotion, protection and realisation of fundamental rights and freedoms of people living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS. Founded in 1994, its focus has been to respond to both the legal and ethical challenges presented by HIV. They do this by providing human rights and legal literacy training, by documenting and responding to rights violations and abuses through its Legal Advice Desk, and by advocating for law reform both nationally and internationally. In 2016 ALN published 'They Have No Right To Do That', which documents women’s experiences accessing healthcare.
ALN worked with women living with HIV and lesbians in South Africa as part of the KP Connect programme, which finished in 2017 and aimed at improving programming and service provision for key populations.
As part of READY+, which is an ongoing programme focusing on the needs of adolescents and young population, ALN worked with young people in Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique. Last year ALN also reached 2,870 people with stigma and discrimination reduction activities.