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Organization Contact Information

Name: AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa
Street 1: 5th Floor Mercantile House
Street 2: 63 Hout Street
City: Cape Town
Province: Western Cape
Post Code: 8001
Country: South Africa
Phone: +27214225463
Email: maggie@arasa.org.na
Web Site: http://www.arasa.info

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Lynette
Last Name: Mabote
Title: Adocacy Programme Officer
Email: lynette@arasa.info
Phone:  

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Sirka
Last Name: Amaambo
Title: Communications Officer
Email: sirka@arasa.info
Phone:  

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: International
Organization Description:
Established in 2002, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of non-governmental organisations working together to promote a human rights approach to HIV/AIDS and TB in Southern Africa through capacity building and advocacy. It is constituted in the form of a trust and all partner organisations are members of the trust. Three steering committees, comprising trust members, act as advisory boards for the three ARASA programme areas: training and awareness raising, advocacy and lobbying and regional treatment literacy and advocacy.

Central to all of the programme areas is the recognition that some 25 years into the epidemic the protection of human rights remains critical to a successful response to HIV and AIDS. HIV-related stigma and discrimination remain major obstacles to meeting the target of universal access to HIV prevention, care and treatment. It is internationally recognised that protection of human rights, both of those vulnerable to HIV infection and those already infected, is not only a right, but also produces positive public health results against HIV. The denial of human rights such as the rights to non-discrimination and gender equality, information, education, health, privacy and social assistance increases both vulnerability to infection as well as the impact of the epidemic. Particular attention must be given to protecting the rights of vulnerable groups such as women, young people and children as well as the rights of marginalised groups such as men having sex with men (MSM), intravenous drug users (IDU's), commercial sex workers, prisoners and others who engage in activities deemed to be immoral or illegal if they are to avoid infection and withstand the impact of HIV.

ARASA's central operational strategy through all three of these programme areas is thus to utilise the ARASA partnership to build and strengthen the capacity of civil society, with a particular focus on PLWA organisations, to effectively advocate for a human rights approach
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 11 - 25
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? $1 MIL-$10 MIL
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB communications
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
In the spirit of joint responsibility and ownership for a targeted effort to address the dual epidemics, an initiative was taken by ARASA to create accessible and scientifically accurate training and advocacy materials to promote the accelerated implementation of the Six I’s for HIV/TB.
The TB Heroes Toolkit is made up of a TB Booklet and a Best Practise booklet.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: South Africa
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: African
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Angola
Botswana
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kenya
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malawi
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Seychelles
South Africa
Swaziland
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Specializations

Advocacy
Funding, including innovative and optimized approach to funding TB Care
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Specializations in Countries

Advocacy Botswana
Advocacy Democratic Republic of the Congo
Advocacy Lesotho
Advocacy Madagascar
Advocacy Malawi
Advocacy Mauritius
Advocacy Mozambique
Advocacy Namibia
Advocacy South Africa
Advocacy Swaziland
Advocacy United Republic of Tanzania
Advocacy Zambia
Advocacy Zimbabwe

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB-HIV:
In the spirit of joint responsibility and ownership for a targeted effort to address the dual epidemics, an initiative was taken to create accessible and scientifically accurate training and advocacy materials to promote the accelerated implementation of the Three I’s for HIV/TB. The TB Heroes Toolkit is made up of a TB Booklet and a Best Practise booklet.

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: January 9, 2009
Last updated: August 7, 2017