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
Three years since Daphine from Uganda shared her story for Love a Positive Life, we speak to her about what has changed since.
10 August 2018
For International Youth Day, read about the new cadre of young women living with HIV who are determined to lead on sexual health and rights.
08 August 2018
Celebrate International Youth Day, and see how peer supporters and healthcare workers create safe spaces for young people.
03 August 2018
Lessons from Dutch and Belgian police on how to support and protect LGBT people and people who drugs.
Watch the video to hear Prince January sharing his journey from Zimbabwe to Cape Town to escape discrimination and violence.
Watch the video and find out about Guyana Trans United’s ground-breaking campaign to repeal British colonial ‘buggery laws’.
23 July 2018
Our photo exhibition shows the importance of young voices in changing public and political opinion around HIV issues.
23 July 2018
Find out about the challenges two young mothers and sex workers face in their work.
Discussion paper exploring the linkages between safe abortion care and HIV
The first in a series of rapid case studies examining ‘person-centred’ aspects of community-led HIV programmes in different contexts.