ARASA is a regional partnership of over 106 non-governmental organisations working together to promote a human rights based response to HIV and TB in southern and east Africa, through capacity building and advocacy.
Established in 2002, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of non-governmental organisations working together to promote a human rights approach to HIV/AIDS and TB in Southern Africa through capacity building and advocacy. ARASA partners comprise a diverse mix of more and less well-established organisations including networks of people living with HIV (PLHIV), legal aid organisations, women’s organisations, youth organisations and other AIDS service organisations. The basis of the partnership is solidarity and shared responsibility for advancing social justice in the region, with a focus on the realisation of the right to health. Since its inception in 2003, the partnership has remained the only alliance of organisations that have come together to address human rights responses to issues of HIV and TB in Southern Africa (or indeed elsewhere).
A Southern Africa in which human rights are at the centre of all responses to HIV/AIDS and TB, in which the rights of PLWA are respected and protected and socio-economic rights, the denial of which fuels the epidemic, are respected, protected and fulfilled.
To promote a human rights based and gendered response to HIV/AIDS and TB in Southern Africa through capacity strengthening and advocacy.