Our international projects focus on issues such as:
- Access to care and prevention for homosexuals in Africa
- Access to care and prevention in the work place
- Strengthening advocacy
In a consortium with SIDACTION, AIDES has set up a project to strengthen African HIV/Aids NGOs in their work among MSM (men who have sex with men).
The strategy of this project is to allow people working in the fight HIV/Aids to integrate MSM as beneficiaries in their actions and to develop adapted and comprehensive care and prevention programmes with them.
“Several projects have been set up in order to strengthen the capacities of African NGOs in their work on specific issues in the fight against HIV/Aids and to support their advocacy efforts”.
INTER-ACTIVE project : HIV and the work place.
An initiative of AIDES and the French trade union CGT, INTER-Active is a project on HIV/Aids in the work place which has already been set up in Burkina Faso, Niger and Guinea. This project which is supported by the partners of the Afrique 2000 network and the trade union partners in the three countries was launched at the beginning of 2008.
INTER-ACTIVE uses the expertise, the legitimacy and the capacity for action of HIV/Aids NGOs and the defence of workers from the trade unions. The project aims to consolidate the partnership between trade unions and NGOs so that they include the proposals of civil society together in the national response to the fight against HIV/Aids.
Firstly, these objectives will become operational through diagnostic missions in each of the three countries and then there will be training, negotiations on collective agreements, prevention actions and actions to fight against discrimination among workers and companies.
Faced with the dysfunctions of local institutional mechanisms, and the difficulties of scaling up, it is essential that civil society has a growing influence on national mechanisms and public policies in the fight against HIV/Aids.
In 2008 Act Up and Solidarité Sida set up a capacity-building programme for African actors on advocacy issues as they were convinced that African community actors can and must play a more important role in the definition, the implementation and the follow-up of the national response to HIV/Aids. The aim is to bring technical, financial and human support for the implementation of advocacy committees inside the NGOs.
This pilot scheme will be led in four countries: Cameroon, Togo, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The programme will focus on improving local partners’ expertise on the mechanisms of the Global Fund and their capacity to take their rightful place among the decision-makers and operational authorities of the Global Fund.