Africa Regional Programme
The Africa Regional Programme focuses on improving the HIV response in sub-Saharan Africa, the region which has been hardest hit by HIV.
Out of the total number of people living with HIV worldwide, 34% reside in 10 countries of Southern Africa and the impact of HIV is eroding decades of health, economic and social progress.
The Africa Regional Programme (ARP) has been running since 2005 and builds the capacity of community based organisations in the region to better respond to HIV. The programme is now in its third phase, with each phase building on the success of the previous one.
ARP currently focuses on two key areas to make an impact on the epidemic in the region, where UNAIDS have stated that there has previously been a lack of progress:
1) Preventing parent to child transmission of HIV
Vertical HIV transmission from mother to child is a huge issue in sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty-two countries in the world are home to over 90% of all pregnant women living with HIV. Twenty-one of these countries are in Africa.
ARP works in four of these countries to increase access to and uptake of prevention of parent to child transmission (PPTCT) services.
This work involves our Linking Organisations in: Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria and South Africa.
2) Preventing HIV among men who have sex with men and sex workers
Men who have sex with men and sex workers are at very high risk of HIV infection yet prevention services and strategies often ignore their complex needs.
ARP works in four countries in the region to address this. We build the capacity of community based organisations in order to:
- Improve stakeholders understanding of prevention strategies for key populations
- Increase availability of good practice methods and tools
- Ensure sufficient prioritisation of key populations by stakeholders, and the inclusion of them in official plans and resource allocation
This work involves our Linking Organisations in: Botswana, Namibia, Senegal and Zambia.
The ARP project is funded by SIDA.
The second phase of the project ran from 2008-10. It focused on reducing the stigma and discrimination faced by people with HIV and vulnerable groups. By the end of the project 100% of trainers who had been trained in stigma and discrimination reduction were still carrying out these activities a year later. You can read more in this evaluation of ARP phase 2.
The programme is currently in start up phase, it aims to create model programmes in eight countries. Our linking organisations in each country will then develop follow on proposals for further funding to take the model programmes to scale.