Reporter: Irakoze Shyaka Christelle and Uwimana Lorraine
A Pan-African partnership dialogue among trans-communities, government and UN agencies to interrogate ways trans-communities in Africa can deliver on the SDGs in an integrated and people centered way. The alliance also seeks to define scale-up of country level interventions for inclusion in national health systems and national development efforts in the health and rights sectors. The session with reflect on the opportunities and challenges of current global and national funding mechanisms to keep countries accountable for effective SDGs implementation.
The vision: To see a future where gender self-determination and valid expression is seen as a basic right and matter of common human dignity
Mission: To alleviate stigma, discrimination and improve health care services for trans-people in Western Kenya through community health education, advocacy, capacity building and socio-support networking.
Alexandra Avoka, who is a research advocate discussed the strategic directions of the Alliance. The focus is on educating professionals and enabling knowledge exchange to develop and promote best practice, facilitating networks and fostering supporting environment for professionals working with and for trans –people. In addition, the Alliance will build trans -Alliance organisational capacity to realise its mission, address the population and geographic diversity of Trans Kenyans in all that they do, and advocate for institutional, policy and legislative change by utilizing our collective knowledge and expertise.
Jorerina Timbo talked about key barriers to women’s access to HIV treatment: a global review. She gave a background of a collaborative work with UN women and ATHENA network to conduct a global multistage review of the status of access to antiretroviral therapy for women living with HIV. Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, this is the first ever peer led global study of care and treatment access for women living with HIV of this scale. It is well overdue as it is it is critical to understand and address key barriers to and facilitators of women’s access to HIV treatment if the global goal is to be reached for women.