Upcoming human rights grant will tackle barriers to access in Africa

Goal is to achieve legal and policy changes

A new regional program focusing on legal and policy change in Africa has been invited to proceed to grant-making. The $10.5 million program aims to strengthen access to services for key populations in 10 countries – Botswana, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. As previously reported by Aidspan, this is one of thirteen regional concept notes approved in September to proceed to grant-making.

The concept note was submitted jointly by the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and Enda Santé, and proposes the UNDP as principal recipient.

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The latest issue of our Newsletter - September 2015 - is out!

The latest issue of our Newsletter - September 2015 - is out! Follow the link below to get caught up on updates and key developments related to HIV and the law. In this issue you'll find a compilation of recent news articles and stories of implementation of the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, with links to access the full articles on the web.

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Asia-Pacific sees progress on the protection of LGBTI people but obstacles remain

Hanoi, 14 October 2015 – Over the past decade, some 25 countries and territories across Asia and the Pacific have introduced a range of protective laws and ordinances, passed supportive court judgements and pioneered constitutional reform processes that promoted the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. This momentum for greater legal and social acceptance of LGBTI people in the region has potential to guide governments, civil society and development partners to design policies that support achieving the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a key feature of which is the underlying principle and commitment to "leave no one behind".

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Regional framework for addressing health and human rights needs of trans people in Asia-Pacific released

Bangkok – A regional Blueprint that specifically addresses the health needs and human rights of transgender people in Asia and the Pacific was jointly released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Health Policy Project (HPP).

The report, titled the Blueprint for the provision of comprehensive care for trans people and trans communities in Asia and the Pacific, provides evidence-based recommendations to strengthen and enhance the policy, clinical and public health responses for transgender people in Asia and the Pacific. It has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and was developed in partnership the World Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) and the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN).

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UNDP and UNAIDS back efforts by least-developed countries to secure sustainable access to treatment

Geneva - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) would like to call attention to the urgent and compelling case for the international community to take all measures possible to protect the health of people living in least-developed countries (LDCs).

The proposal was put forward by Bangladesh on behalf of the LDCs group and is now before the WTO TRIPS Council. It requests an extension of the period under which LDCs are exempt from applying protections for pharmaceutical related patents and clinical data. The current waiver is due to expire in January 2016.

"Millions of people rely on access to affordable, assured quality generic medicines," said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. "WTO Members have before them a critical opportunity to help least-developed countries to reach health and sustainable development goals—failure to support them could put millions of lives at risk."

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