“In past years, the focus of advocacy by MSM was to have the
burden of HIV in our community recognized in the international HIV
response. Today there is some recognition, and our task now is to
implement programs to end HIV through partnerships between civil
society, governments, donors and implementers. Last week’s
meeting aimed to facilitate these partnerships”, said Keletso
Makofane, Senior Programs and Research consultant, based in
Johannesburg, South Africa.
MSMGF co-hosted the meeting on evidence-based HIV responses for men who
have sex with men in Sub-Saharan Africa in collaboration with Anova Health
Institute, COC Nederland, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR),
AVAC, theWorld Health Organization (WHO), with support from the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the USAID/FHI 360 Linkages
Program, and the Bridging the Gaps Program through COC Nederland.
About MSMGF: MSMGF has worked since its founding in 2006 to encourage
targeted, tailored, better-resourced, and rights-based sexual health services
for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) worldwide, through
its advocacy and technical support work. As a global network, MSMGF has
successfully influenced HIV responses at the local level through shifts in
global- level policies and has effectively utilized public health as an entry
point for advancing the human rights of LGBT people. MSMGF currently
supports programs in 15 countries.