PITCH H&O Nigeria EVA
PITCH H&O Nigeria EVA
In Nigeria, the policy is that HIV treatment is and must be free in public and private facilities. However, the reality is that most facilities including public facilities demand for payment. Meanwhile, these fees charged have devastating effects on AGYW access to services similar to age of consent. Hence, partners will include campaigns and advocacy in Abuja on ensuring that the Minister’s declaration to keep HIV treatment free is marched with action to ensure that the user fees are actually removed.
In Benue, the state has passed an Anti-HIV Discrimination law but awareness of the existence of the law and effective implementation remains a challenge. Secondly, steps have not been taken to review the language and content of the Act to determine its capacity to adequately cover the peculiar needs and concerns of AGYW. Therefore, in 2018, partners will include advocacy activities that will help address these issues on the Act.
EVA will contribute to the following ToC outcomes:
S2: Advocacy agenda developed & stakeholders and opportunities for advocacy mapped.
M1.1: KP and AGYW communities are mobilised in CSOs and networks, and have the institutional and technical capacity to pursue their advocacy agenda.
M2.1: Increased public support among media, government representatives, traditional and religious leaders for the right and need of KP and AGYW to access health services.
M3: KP and AGYW are aware and informed about their right to access health services, and how to access them.
Adolescent Girls and Young Women
PITCH seeks to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organisations to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and uphold the human rights of key populations. Our work centres around key populations, adolescent girls and young women in nine countries in East, West and Southern Africa, South-East Asia, and Central Europe. These communities in many contexts carry the main HIV burden. At the same time, they are often neglected in the HIV response and face many barriers in accessing HIV and SRH services as well as human rights violations. PITCH addresses this urgent gap, and is reactive and responsive to local needs/urgencies that have been identified in its geographical foci.