We know that those most affected by HIV are best placed to influence and shape the policies, laws and practices needed to end the AIDS epidemic in their country. PITCH is a strategic partnership between Aidsfonds, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs working with those most affected by HIV in enabling these groups to transform (inter)national HIV responses by strengthening their advocacy skills and capacities and promoting innovative evidence-informed practice. This will durably enable them to advocate for a more effective response to ensure all people have equal access to sexual and reproductive health services, including HIV-related services. For five years, these partners will jointly works towards ending the AIDS epidemic in the regions and countries most affected by HIV through an inclusive, in-country, in-depth approach to international lobby and advocacy.
In 2014, 36.9 million people are living with HIV. HIV prevalence is estimated to be
28 times higher among people who inject drugs
12 times higher among sex workers
19 times higher among gay men and other men who have sex with men
49 times higher among transgender women than among the rest of the adult population.
60 % of new infections among young people globally are among young women aged 15-24.
The people who most need HIV services often have poor access to effective treatment and prevention options. In 2014, there were 1.4 million new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting the need for increased prevention services. In 2014, 22 million people with HIV were not receiving lifesaving treatment globally. As a result of this, 1.2 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses.
These are unnecessary deaths and we need to act now!
Two million people become infected with HIV every year. Vulnerability and marginalisation fuel the epidemic. PITCH addresses the root causes of vulnerability and marginalisation such as gender inequality, criminalisation, poverty, stigma and cultural norms. It means that we work towards engaged and equal societies, and nationally and regionally owned HIV and AIDS responses. In this partnership we will advocate on all levels: from local to regional and on an international scale. The partnership will connect and strengthen global, regional and local civil society organisations and advance advocacy efforts with the aim to ensure equal rights and equal access to HIV services for all affected populations. Because only by working together we can beat the epidemic.
As the key to defeating AIDS in the long-term is inclusiveness, the architecture of the programme is based on in-country work. The programme works in-depth in nine focus countries in the Eastern Europe Central Asia and Southern Africa regions, to not only change policies but to build an institutional lobbying and advocacy capacity that is sustainable beyond the 5 year life cycle of the programme.
Advocacy can change laws, policies, and the norms in societies that lead to human rights violations. By changing these norms, addressing human rights violations, and improving access to HIV services, we believe that in the short and long run we can make lasting improvements for the people most affected by the epidemic.
PITCH has partners in:
In the nine focal countries the programme will strengthen regional and local civil society organisations to cover all HIV-related aspects and target groups and accordingly support advocacy for equal access to HIV and sexual and reproductive health related services, equal sexual and reproductive health rights and rights for those most affected by HIV and decriminalisation, particularly for key populations. The programme will build new coalitions and bring local evidence to the global policy development level.
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