ARASA started when we convened a meeting in September 2002 in Windhoek for people to come together from across the region to share what was going on around HIV and human rights.
ARASA started as a partnership of five core organisations in 2002 and was at that time a project of the AIDS Law Unit at the LAC.
SN: How has the issue of human rights and HIV been taken up since ARASA started?
What can we look forward to from ARASA in the future?
Human Rights Watch and ARASA conducted dozens of interviews with officials, community-based counsellors, health staff and other key informants in Lesotho in October 2007 and February 2008.
Human Rights Watch and ARASA noted that similar community-based testing programmes are proliferating throughout the region and called upon the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids to issue guidance to countries on community-based testing.