Alliance partners with IPPF to strengthen HIV and SRHR integration

The Alliance is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership agreement with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to deliver sexual and reproductive health services to people in Africa and Asia.

©Benjamin Chesterton\duckrabbit\International HIV/AIDS Alliance Momina was diagnosed HIV positive when she was already unknowingly pregnant and subsequently unable to get access to treatment to prevent onward transmission to her child. Four months after he was born she learned his status and took the agonising decision to give him up in the hope that he would receive treatment in the US. She lives with her oldest son Rapira, 6 (pictured) in a rented room on her neighbour Senait’s compound in the city of Adama in central Ethiopia. © Benjamin Chesterton\duckrabbit\International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The partnership is based on years of shared collaboration and approaches to linking sexual and reproductive health and rights with HIV, especially at country level. This partnership is undertaken in the context of increasing and often visceral opposition to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and human rights.

The partnership will enable us to tackle the key barriers to people realising their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and to accessing HIV treatment and care. A lack of access to services increases people’s vulnerability to HIV, especially adolescents and young people, women and girls in all their diversity, and those from marginalised groups – sex workers, people who use drugs, men who have sex with men and transgender people also face multiple barriers to realising their SRHR.  

Cross-health sector partnerships, like ours, will drive the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goals 3 and 5. Together we will act on SRHR and HIV to create impact on Gender Equality (SDG 5), to fulfil our commitment to provide women and girls with access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services including HIV prevention, testing and treatment and safe abortion services.

We recognise the important role of community action to achieve sustainable results and will involve those most affected in the design and delivery of health services to maximise the benefit to the most under-served and marginalised communities. 

The partnership will combine our operational, research and advocacy efforts to extend our geographical coverage for SRHR programmes and services within a framework of a person-centred approach. It will draw upon lessons learnt across our experience working with people living with HIV, young people and those from marginalised groups most affected by HIV.