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
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.
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Helps implementers of HIV programmes for key populations address safety and security challenges in their programme implementation.
19 March 2018
Keeping CBO staff and others who implement HIV programmes for key populations safe and well is of the upmost importance.
14 March 2018
The Alliance calls upon the IAS to re-evaluate its decision to host AIDS2020 in San Francisco and Oakland.
01 March 2018
On March 2, the first SheDecides Day, we join the global movement standing up for the rights of woman and girls.
Kaluso, a transgender woman from Malawi, speaks out about the need for zero discrimination when it comes to the rights of sexual minorities.