AIDS Law Project (ALP)

Nairobi, Kenya

AIDS LAW PROJECT (ALP) is a non- governmental organization, which focuses on removing obstacles that prevent people with HIV/AIDS from having access to adequate health care and treatment in both the private and public sectors, from contesting unfair treatment and discrimination or that deny people with HIV/AIDS access to employment, employee benefits, insurance, education and other services. It was founded by two lawyers whose desire was to give back to society, through applying their legal expertise in assisting people living with HIV/AIDS to acquire equal rights and treatment. In the course of interacting with people living with HIV/AIDS, the founders realized that there was gap in provision of legal related services to people living with HIV/AIDS. The lack of information and knowledge has led many people to despair and give up in life. ALP envisions that when people are well informed about the rights, they will be able to make informed decisions, organize their lives and protect themselves from abuse and discrimination. ALP was formed in 2007 and registered on the same year.

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)

Windhoek, Namibia

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of non-governmental organizations working together to promote a human rights approach to HIV+/AIDS and TB. ARASA programs include capacity building training (to extend and upgrade existing skill sets of member organizations), awareness raising, advocacy and lobbying, and regional treatment literacy.

Alternative Georgia (AG)

Tbilisi, Georgia

Union Alternative Georgia was founded in September 2004. The non-governmental, non-commercial organization has as its main sphere of activity drug dependence research; harm reduction advocacy, focusing on the promotion and support for effective evidence based strategies in the drugs field; development and support for pragmatic and humane drug and HIV legislation; and the protection of the rights of marginalized groups.

Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women of RM (ESE)

Skopje, Macedonia

The Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women – ESE develops and helps the women’s leadership in the development and implementation of women’s human rights and social justice in our society. ESE is guided by its dedication in seeking solutions to the problems. By promoting human rights, we improve the social and economic justice, considering them as an indivisible compilation of standards to be enjoyed by all people. We are therefore focused on two goals – working on the urgent needs of the women and exercising influence on the creation of sustainable and long-term changes. We do a lot more than mere documenting and condemning the instances of injustice inflicted on women in all spheres of our living. We work with the women that have suffered violence and whose rights are violated. We thus enable them to reach justice and change the conditions they live in. On the other hand, we change the laws and policies that affect women’s human rights.

Association for Self Advocacy (ASA)

Zagreb, Croatia

ASA strives to promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. The organization actively supports deinstitutionalization and the development of community-based alternatives to institutions. It aims to achieve the full social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in all realms of civil society.

Behind the Mask (BTM)

Johannesburg, South Africa

Behind the Mask is a communication initiative around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Intersex (LGBTI) rights and affairs. Its main endeavors are print and journalistic activism and the publication of an online magazine. The organization’s web site gives voice to LGBTI communities and provides a platform for exchange and debate for groups, activists, individuals, and allies. Its mission is to change negative attitudes towards homosexuality and same sex traditions in Africa.

Centre for Economic Governance and AIDs in Africa-Nairobi (CEGAA-Nairobi)

Nairobi, Kenya

CEGAA aims to contribute to improved economic governance, fiscal policy and financial management and accountability, with specific attention to improving the response to HIV/AIDS. Experts in various fields relating to health, HIV and AIDS and development provide technical guidance, support and mentoring to the newly formed CEGAA, through the CEGAA Advisory Board. The founding Trustees also bring valuable skills to the management and direction of the organization.

Centre for Social Accountability - Rhodes University (CSA)

Grahamstown, South Africa

Public confidence in govern­ments and politicians has been eroded by corruption and abuses of power in Southern Africa. The aim of the Centre for Social Accountability is the institution­alisation of the right to social accountability and the realisa­tion of social and economic rights through effective management of public resources in the region

Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud (CEGSS)

Guatemala City, Guatemala

CEGSS is a civil society organization based in Guatemala. CEGSS work is characterized by implementing systematic approaches to generate knowledge, develop tools, and build capacity of key social actors, particularly marginalized citizens, for implementing a participatory system to monitor public health policies and healthcare services. CEGSSʼs work is concentrated in the following areas: health and human rights, social participation, accountability and participatory monitoring of public policies and services.

Health Action International-Africa (HAI-Africa)

Nairobi, Kenya

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Hospice Casa Sperantei

Brasov, Romania

Hospice Casa Sperantei, meaning hospice of hope, is a leading palliative care center in Romania and Eastern Europe The hospice specializes in providing palliative care for children and adults who are suffering from life-limiting illnesses such as cancer and HIV/Aids. As well as medical care, the hospice provides psycho-emotional, social, and spiritual support to patients and their families. Hospice Casa Sperantei also trains healthcare providers to care for patients with dignity. The organization advocates for the rights of patients and works closely with the Romanian Ministry of Public Health to aid in developing a national plan for palliative care. The hospice currently has 100 staff members and hundreds of registered volunteers and it continues to grow.

Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA)

Capetown, South Africa

The mission of HPCA is to promote quality in life, dignity in death and support in bereavement for all living with life-threatening illness by supporting member hospices and partner organizations. It is active in all nine provinces of South Africa and its network cares for 64 thousand patients a year.

International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN)

Assagay, South Africa

The International Childrenʼs Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) is a registered international charity and worldwide network of individuals and agencies working with children and young people with life-limiting conditions. Since its inception in 2005 the ICPCN has become a trusted resource and conduit for information through its website; as well as knowledge and expertise within the field through its scientific and education committees. The ICPCNʼs membership spans more than 80 countries. It is the only international organization supporting and promoting childrenʼs palliative care worldwide.

International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA)

Kiev, Ukraine

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) is a global partnership of 38 nationally-based linking organisations, seven Regional Technical Support Hubs and an international secretariat, working to support community action on AIDS in developing countries.

International Treatment Preparedness Coalition of Russia (ITPCru)

St. Petersburg, Russia

The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPCru) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia was created in 2006 as a response by activists to the need to support AIDS organisations working in the Russian-speaking New Independent Nations and Baltic countries. ITPCru’s website contains information on rights protection, community mobilization, new clinical trials and recent developments in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, and its mailing list has become the most popular communication tool in the region. The website and the mailing list provide a means of distributing crucial information and providing a space for people living with HIV to discuss issues that affect them. Through this service ITPCru mobilizes and trains people living with HIV and effectively improves their inclusion in local, regional and international decision-making mechanisms. Among its achievements, a set of recommendations for the 2008 UNGASS report on “Russia’s Way Towards Universal Access to Prevention, Treatment and Support for HIV/AIDS” was developed by activists. Similarly, ITPCru was able to lobby the Global Fund to extend the third round of the “Globus” project in Russia, an important accomplishment given the government’s refusal to fund prevention programmes for vulnerable groups including people living with HIV, people who inject drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men and migrants.

Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)

Nairobi, Kenya

KEHPCA works to improve the quality of life of persons with life threatening illnesses, such as cancer, tuberculosis, and AIDS, and their families through the provision of palliative care. The Association’s mission, based on the philosophy of health as a human right, is to promote and support acceptable, accessible, and affordable care to the growing numbers of persons with terminal illnesses throughout the nation. KEHPCA also aims to create awareness, advocacy, education, training, service delivery, program developments, and fund raising for all palliative care providers in Kenya.

Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN)

Lilongwe, Malawi

The vision of MHEN is that all people in Malawi will have access to equitable, quality, affordable, and responsive essential health care services. MHEN’s mission is to advocate and lobby for systems that promote the delivery of equitable and quality health care services by influencing policy and practice through research, monitoring, and evaluation.

Mental Health and Society (MHS)

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

The mission of Mental Health and Society is to defend human rights, especially those of people with mental health disabilities. Throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics MHS seeks social inclusion for the mentally ill by providing access to education, housing, employment, leisure, and cultural activities, in addition to healthcare and social support. The central goal of the organization is to replace large mental health hospitals with community-based services. The NGO’s philosophy is based on the idea that patients have the right to all information about their diagnosis, their prognosis, their medications, their options, as well as about available resources, the mental health system itself, and their legal rights.

Network of Zambian People Living with HIV/AIDS (NZPL)

Lusaka, Zambia

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New York

Located in the heart of New York City, Parsons The New School for Design is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive institutions of art and design in the world. Parsons has been a pioneer in the field of art and design since its founding in 1896, establishing the first programs in Interior Design, Advertising and Graphic Design, and Fashion Design in the nation and being an early pioneer in Design and Technology. This visionary leadership has led to five generations of graduates who are some of the most highly recognized individuals in their fields. Today, Parsons focuses on creating engaged citizens and exceptional artists, designers, scholars, and business leaders through a design-based education. Embracing the principles of interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and social responsibility, Parsons engages students with a critical awareness of complex social issues such as sustainability and globalization. Parsons The New School for Design and its parent institution The New School are known for their dedication to design, democracy and development. At Parsons, rigorous practice and critical scholarship prepares students to become leading agents of commentary and change.

Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN)

Budapest, Hungary

The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network is a network of civil society organizations engaged in advocating the Human Rights of the sex workers in Central and Eastern Europe, CIS and South-East Europe.

Social AIDS Committee (SKA)

Warsaw, Poland

Since the very beginning SKA’s mission has been the dissemination of information, development of education, counseling, and care related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The fundamental goal of the organization is to create rational individual and social patterns of behavior regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic as well as in regard to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Social Services Initiative (SSI)

Baku, Azerbaijan

The Social Services Initiative (SSI) was established in 2008 as an independent, non-for-profit, and non-commercial organization in Baku, Azerbaijan. The goal of the organization is to ensure the protection of the human rights of the most marginalized populations, particularly people with mental disabilities. The organization has been officially registered by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Justice in February, 2009.

The African Palliative Care Association (APCA)

Kampala, Uganda

Support for palliative care across Africa is APCA’s mission. It serves HIV patients and their families in over 23 countries, providing diagnostics, treatment, and bereavement counseling through APCA hospices. The organization encourages respectful and culturally appropriate, evidence based care. APCA is committed to open communication, professional ethics, transparency, and accountability. Its advocacy efforts also target the advancement of the scientific knowledge base for palliative care across the continent.

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV+/AIDS (BONELA)

Gaborone, Botswana

BONELA’s mission is to create an enabling and just environment for those infected and affected by HIV+/AIDS by integrating ethical, legal, and human rights into the national response to the pandemic.

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN)

Vilnius, Lithuania

The mission of EHRN is to support, develop, and advocate for harm reduction approaches in the field of drugs, HIV /AIDS, public health, and social acceptance by following the principles of humanism, tolerance, partnership, and respect for human rights and freedoms. Its strategic goal is to reduce drug-related harm, including the transmission of HIV/ AIDS and other blood-borne diseases, through facilitating the use of less repressive and non-discriminative policies with respect to drug users and other vulnerable groups and populations, including prisoners, people living with HIV, and sex workers.

Treatment Monitoring and Advocacy Project (TMAP)

Pune, India

ITPC describes itself as "a social movement, a coalition of individuals committed to treatment access". ITPC is the only international coalition of people living with HIV/AIDS and their supporters solely devoted to advocacy on HIV/AIDS treatment access. It is a broad coalition of people from all affected regions comprised of people working in and for the community in their own countries and with strong expertise in HIV/AIDS treatment and related issues.

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, Corp. (UAEM)

Brooklyn, New York

In 2001, students at Yale convinced their university and the pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb to enable a 95% price reduction in South Africa for a life-saving HIV/AIDS drug discovered by Yale researchers. In the 10 years since that first success, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) has uniquely harnessed the power of university students to push for innovative approaches to academic research and intellectual property that prioritize global health over profits. As a non-profit organization rooted in a global movement of university students, UAEM aims to (1) promote global access to medicines through innovative methods of academic patenting and licensing, (2) ensure that university medical research meets the needs of people worldwide, and (3) empower students to become leaders in advancing global health access and innovation.


Johannesburg, South Africa

The Women’sNet mission is to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) strategically to create a society where women and girls are full participants in and agents of social change. The organization recognizes that ICTs are gendered tools and aims to address imbalances in women and men’s access to and meaningful use of ICTs. Women’sNet has extensive experience in managing and creating content and using ICTs to promote gender equality. We provide training and help capacitate organizations to make decisions on their use of technology so that it is mission driven, cost effective, and sustainable.