The SADC Regional Strategy addresses the structural barriers faced by Key Populations in accessing HIV and SRH services. It provides guiding principles to be considered when implementing key populations programmes and the critical interventions for removal of structural barriers such as:- addressing legal, policy, structural and socio-cultural barriers; ensuring financial commitments; Empowering both the general community and key populations;  Addressing stigma, discrimination, and vulnerability to violence; and ensuring the availability and access to comprehensive health services. Addressing the barriers identified in this strategy across all key populations will not only increase their use of HIV and SRH and result in fewer members of key populations being left behind, but also it will aid countries in meeting commitments made at the national, regional, continental, and global level and further ensure countries’ compliance with international and regional legal obligations; and provide economic benefits.

Published: SADC, 2018


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