Tag Archive | Africa

Prince Harry & Elton John launch HIV campaign targeting men

Prince Harry & Elton John launch HIV campaign targeting men

(Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry joined pop star Elton John on Tuesday to launch a campaign to raise HIV awareness among men, warning that “dangerous complacency” about the virus threatened the quest to wipe it out. The billion-dollar project, MenStar, will target men living with or at risk of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, which has […]

Africa: Conference – ‘Empowering LGBTI Youth’

Africa: Conference – ‘Empowering LGBTI Youth’

Empowering LGBTI Youth: Uniting for an Inclusive Future was the theme of the 4th Regional Conference of Pan Africa PAI, the federation of African LGBTI organisations. Over two days, more than 250 LGBTI activists and supporters from over 30 African countries met in Botswana. Opened by UN independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, […]

Africa: New vaccine in HIV trials

Africa: New vaccine in HIV trials

Researchers announced the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS. The start of the three-year vaccine trial involving 2,600 women in southern Africa means that for the first time […]

Africa to get state-of-art HIV drugs for $75 a year

Africa to get state-of-art HIV drugs for $75 a year

(Reuters) Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi- million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient […]

African states bid to stop work of U.N. gay rights investigator

African states bid to stop work of U.N. gay rights investigator

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – African states launched a bid at the United Nations on Friday (November 4) to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June, and […]

Mozambique: Victory For LGBT Community As Anti-Gay Law Removed

Mozambique: Victory For LGBT Community As Anti-Gay Law Removed

Mozambique has overturned an anti-gay law which has been on the law books since Portuguese colonial times.A new penal code, signed into law in December last, came into effect yesterday, Monday 29th, and effectively decriminalises homosexuality, which has been a crime in Mozambique since 1886. However, since 1975, when the country became independent, no-one has […]

Cameroon: Defenders of the rights of LGBTI persons face homophobia and violence

Cameroon: Defenders of the rights of LGBTI persons face homophobia and violence

An international fact-finding mission report released last month (25 Feb) entitled CAMEROON: HOMOPHOBIA AND VIOLENCE AGAINST DEFENDERS OF THE RIGHTS OF LGBTI PERSONS, stated: “Cameroon is one of the 38 African countries that criminalise homosexuality. It is known for prosecuting, sentencing and incarcerating inordinately large numbers of persons for “consensual sexual relations between persons of the […]