Advocating for sexual and reproductive health rights of people living with HIV and other HIV vulnerable groups.

Objective:

– To advocate on the recognition failure of SRHR (by state) of female sex workers and Women Living with HIV (WLHIV).
– To challenge the discriminatory attitudes of health workers in order to improve their access to SRH related services.

Outcomes:

• CBOs who are working in HIV only are now recognized as an advocate for SRHR at their local level. The project has supported target group led partner CBOs, who are much focused on HIV program to understand their SRHR and its violation.
• Local activists on SRHR of WLHIV and FSWs are being equipped. FSWs CBOs who has never had any open discussion about their problem and issues with the local government agencies like DHO/DPHO are now sharing their SRHR violation matter, seeking way out to address such violations of their rights and demanding for equal treatment at health care facilities.
• Creating open forums at national and districts level for discussion on SRHR of WLHIV and FSWs as a part of their health rights.

Outputs:

– 53 individuals (49 female and 4 male) from CBOs of WLHIV and FSWs were trained to advocate for SRHR and to collect evidences on their SRHR rights violations.
– Out of the trained 53 participants, more than 90% reported SRHR as a new concept and rest who had some information acknowledged that they never realized that they also have SRH rights.
– At the end of the project, 31 out of the trained 53 participants were reached to understand if they are still active in advocating for SRHR. Around 90% reported sharing information about SRHR to their members, friends through formal/informal meetings; with local authorities.
– 16 CBOs collected total 360 cases studies of WLHIV and FSWs on accessing SRH related services in health care settings.
– Around 140 service providers like local authorities, health workers, NGOs working directly with WLHIV and FSWs were reached to increase their engagement and actively support SRHR of WLHIV and FSWs by addressing SRHR issues raised during case studies collection.