The SHARP Programme
Although gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) experience a disproportionate HIV burden, appropriate HIV and sexual health services for MSM are lacking or not available in most African contexts.
The Alliance has a long and committed history of working for and with MSM in Africa through programmes such as the Middle East North Africa (MENA) programme, KP Connect and the Sexual Health and Rights Programme (SHARP).
Through SHARP, the Alliance contributed to reducing the spread and impact of HIV among men who have sex with men and building healthy MSM communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe from December 2012 to November 2015.
SHARP worked through Alliance Linking Organisations (LOs) and Implementing Partners (IPs) to:
- Increase reach of MSM, their sexual partners and family members
- Increase access to and uptake of better quality HIV and health services
- Enhance social, political and structural environments for evidence- and human rights-based public health interventions targeting MSM
- Strengthen MSM community-based organisations and networks and increase capacity of other sectors to better serve the needs of MSM
The SHARP Theory of Change comprised of interlinked strategies, as detailed in the interactive infographic below.
The programme was based on core Alliance values and principles, and our good practice HIV programming standards and guidance. Key values and principles relevant for this programme included:
- Greater Involvement of People living with HIV (GIPA)
- Human rights-based HIV programming
- Taking a combination approach that reflects diversity
- The use and generation of evidence
- Risk mitigation and management
- Interventions are complementary to the national HIV response
18 May 2018
On 17 May, on the orders of the minister of ethics, Ugandan police unlawfully stopped an LGBTI anti-discrimination event.
In Uganda, if you have children or not, being gay can get you killed. Four years ago, Matofu* and his son had to flee for their lives.
People across the world face discrimination, abuse and violence because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
30 April 2018
Photos by people most affected by HIV speaking about their experience of discrimination and their right to access HIV and SRHR services.
REAct is a community-based system for recording and responding to human rights violations against key populations, and advocate for change.
Sex worker Chifundo has been raped five times by police officers in the past. A local organisation is set to change this abuse of power.
20 April 2018
LGBT activist wins a legal case against the government of Trinidad & Tobago challenging the legality of law prohibiting same-sex relations.
09 April 2018
The Alliance and its partners are launching READY to Lead, an exciting young women’s leadership project in Zimbabwe, funded by Comic Relief.
05 April 2018
Matofu fled persecution for being gay, but on arriving at a refugee camp in Malawi with his young son, they encountered further abuse.
23 March 2018
Progress in developing a new woman-controlled HIV prevention method are encouraging, but women need control and agency to be able to use it.