PITCH (Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response)

PITCH (Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response)

Partnership

Investing in community advocacy to end AIDS

We know that groups most affected by HIV can influence and shape policies, laws and practices to end AIDS best. The focus of PITCH (Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV Response) lies on capacity building and support to civil society to champion the rights and needs of key populations. The programme also enables most vulnerable groups to gain full and equal access to HIV and sexual and reproductive health services.

PITCH is a strategic partnership between Aidsfonds, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PITCH is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of their “Dialogue and Dissent” programme.

Partnership details

Time frame
31 December 2015 - 30 December 2020
Budget
€ 41,000,000
Active in
Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

Objectives

Global goals:

• Equal access to HIV-related services
• Sexual and reproductive health and rights for those most affected by HIV
• Equal and full rights for Key Populations

Long-term outcomes:

• With critical mass of support, civil society holds government to account, uses evidence from constituencies, shapes an effective funded national HIV response, and reduces barriers to sexual and reproductive health services.
• Enabling adequately resourced legal and policy frameworks and implementation.

Community groups

PITCH reaches out to adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex (LGBTI), men who have sex with men (MSM), people who use drugs (PUWD) and sex workers.

In addition, a regional approach is used for Southern Africa and Eastern Europe/Central Asia to deliver policy work and capacity building at a regional and global level.

Background

The need is clear and urgent: HIV continues to have devastating effects. AIDS is still a major global health problem. At the end of 2013, there were 35 million people living with HIV (PLHIV). This number is rising as more people are living longer because of antiretroviral therapy (ART), alongside the number of new HIV infections. HIV prevalence is estimated to be 28 times higher among people who inject drugs (PWID), 12 times higher among sex workers (SW), 19 times higher among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and up to 49 times higher among transgender people (TG) than among the rest of the adult population. In Sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) account for one in four new HIV infections. To cover these gaps in the global HIV response, Aidsfonds, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands have jointly developed PITCH (Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response).

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