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
19 October 2017
Effective HIV prevention for sex workers stems from treating them as people with diverse needs like anyone else.
Our person-centred approach means we think holistically about an individual’s full range of needs, desires, capacities and human rights.
29 September 2017
LGBT and human rights activists trained in using community-based system to monitor and respond to human rights violations of LGBT people.
28 September 2017
The Alliance will share insights from 12 years of working in MENA on HIV and human rights at landmark gender and sexuality conference.
31 August 2017
WHO's new guideline on SRHR of women living with HIV uniquely focuses on rights and the meaningful involvelvment of women living with HIV.
At the age of 14 Tinashe was kicked out of home for being gay. At 17, he fled his country in fear of his life. This is his story.
17 August 2017
The Alliance is dismayed that Zambian president Edgar Lungu is legalising mandatory testing and treatment for HIV in all hospitals.
11 August 2017
Ahead of International Youth Day meet Yana – an inspiring young activist seeking social justice amid political and social unrest.
08 August 2017
Concern Youth Association marks International Youth Day by sharing how they build peace amid violence against the LGBT community in Ghana.
28 July 2017
A new report by UNAIDS highlights significant progress in the response to HIV, yet fails to emphasise the need to increase prevention work.