Minimum standards on the Protection of Sexual and Reproductive Health for Key Populations in the SADC Region assist member states and national parliaments in particular, to gauge the efficacy and impact of national policies and legislation to protect key populations and to eliminate the root causes of such widening gaps in national and regional HIV responses. The minimum standards provide guidance and support for parliamentarians across SADC in their role to make interventions at parliamentary and constituency levels for the protection of the SRH of key populations and for ensuring that all individuals in member states achieve their right to health. The standards have been developed as a central parliamentary and policy tool that will serve as a reliable benchmark for critical reforms in the different countries. The minimum standards define essential requirements and opportunities for improving protections for key populations against stigma, discrimination, and violence; addressing the negative effects of punitive laws, policies, and cultural practices; and ensuring access to relevant information and services for HIV prevention and health promotion. The standards give due regard to the range of country contexts that exist across SADC for improving protections for key populations while, at the same time, clarifying essential obligations of all member states for the protection and promotion of health and human rights for all.
Published: SADC, 2019