On World AIDS Day 2016, Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, participated in the talk show “Leave No One Behind!” organised during the second High Level Meeting, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya. She spoke with two HIV/AIDS activists from Bridging the Gaps partners HOYMAS and WOFAK, and with UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Luiz Loures. She praised Kenya for being a front runner in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and urged the government to ensure that no one is left behind. The panel discussed the vital role of community leadership and mobilization in ending discrimination and inequality.
Kenya is a front runner in the fight against HIV-AIDS
John Mathenge Mukaburu, the director of HOYMAS (Kenya), a community-based organization that serves male sex workers and young men and MSM by providing practical knowledge on safe sex, distributing preventive materials and information, and implementing economic empowerment activities, also participated in the panel. HOYMAS is one of our local partners in Kenya, where the project addresses the barriers faced by key population communities in relation to the realization of their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
“Ending inequality is the way to end AIDS”, says Minster Ploumen. The Dutch government has a long track record in addressing the rights of key populations regarding sexual and reproductive health. Thanks to the SRHR Partnership, the Bridging the Gaps Alliance continues to invest in the health and rights of key populations.
The Bridging the Gaps Alliance is a joint initiative of four Dutch NGOs (Aids Fonds, Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW), COC Netherlands, and Mainline), five global networks (GNP+, INPUD, ITPC and NSWP), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and more than 70 community based organisations.