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
17 October 2018
Photos by girls and young women, in their diversity, describing how stigma and discrimination prevent them from accessing services.
We speak to mentor Audrey Nonsenga from Zimbabwe Young Positives (ZY+) on the transformative power of peer support.
Ma Nwe is a former sex worker who now works as a community advocate supporting others facing violence and discrimination.
Pandora from the Myanmar MSM network talks about how discrimination against MSM makes it difficult to access health services.
Annabella was introduced to drugs as a teenager and became a heroin addict. She wants to quit but is struggling to access health services.
Justine Balya from the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum in Uganda provides legal support to people exploited by these laws.
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.