Ref: RFA/AMSHeR/LHRAP/2017/03

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) is a coalition of LGBT /MSM -led organisations across sub- Saharan Africa established in 2009 and working to (1) address the disproportionate effect of the HIV epidemic on MSM and LGBT individuals; (2) to redress the human rights violations these populations face on the continent; (3) and to increase the visibility of LGBT individuals and their issues. AMSHeR was formed in an attempt to devise 'home-grown' strategies to address local issues.

As an advocacy and capacity-strengthening organisation AMSHeR provides a platform for exchange and learning among MSM/LGBT community-based organisations, human rights and HIV service organisations, and other agencies working with and for MSM/LGBT organisations.
In addition to bringing about visibility and addressing human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and barriers to access quality health services, AMSHeR advocates for increased resources, community leadership and strengthening of community structures and capacity to address these issues. AMSHeR and its membership engage in advocacy at national, continental and global levels on legal and policy reform, human rights, accountability and service delivery. In recent years, the intersectional approach of AMSHeR stressed the need to work with other key populations in addressing HIV risks and improving sexual and reproductive health of its constituencies.
In consortium with the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) and the Health Economics and HV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal University of Kwazulu Natal, AMSHeR is implementing the project "Linking Policy and Programming: Strengthening Legal and Policy environments for reducing HIV Risk and improving Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) for Young Key Populations in Southern Africa" (The YKP Project). The project covers 4 years (2017-2020) and 5 countries, namely Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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