Hivos Southern Africa

Southern Africa

HIV and Human Rights in Southern Africa


In Southern Africa, Hivos is implementing multi-country projects funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This regional programme is called Key Populations Representation Evidence and Advocacy for Change - or - “KP REACH”.


KP REACH has been formulated to address high levels of HIV infection amongst four Key Populations: sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender groups (TG), and women who have sex with women (WSW).

The programme is being implemented in eight countries in southern Africa: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Lesotho, and Botswana. These eight countries account for 81 per cent of people living with HIV in Sub Saharan Africa, and new infections amongst Key Populations in the region are on the rise. KP REACH therefore works to strengthen regional networks and community systems in Southern Africa to conduct effective advocacy. Their aim is to bring about government policy change, and also change in popular attitudes and beliefs, with the overall goal of reducing HIV incidence and mortality among the above-mentioned four Key Populations to increase the sustainability of the HIV response.

KP REACH operates under an interrelated set of objectives as part of a regional response, with anticipated impact and outcomes at national level. These objectives are:

  1. Strengthening four existing and/or emerging regional KP Networks in Southern Africa to work with others strategically and efficiently to improve their contribution to the effective development, monitoring and reporting of HIV prevention, testing and treatment programmes and policies at the regional and national level
  2. Improving data collection as well as the use, management, scaling-up and replication of innovative best practices. This will enable more responsive programming and policies at the national level that can in turn increase Key Populations’ access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment.
  3. Developing and disseminating messages co-created with Key Populations to shift popularly-held attitudes and beliefs and consequently reduce the current levels of stigma and discrimination that constitute a major hurdle preventing Key Populations from accessing prevention, testing and treatment for HIV.

Implementation period: January 2016- December 2018
Grant total: $ USD 11 465 336

Partners and Sub-Recipients:

  • Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)
  • African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR)
  • African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA)
  • Gender Dynamix
  • M&C Saatchi
  • Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS)
  • Positive Vibes