PITCH – A Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response – is a five-year project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Dialogue & Dissent fund. PITCH seeks to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and uphold the human rights of key populations. Our work centres around key populations (SW, LGBTs etc ), adolescent girls and young women Nothing about us, without us is a key principle in the way we work. The words Partnership, Inspire, Transform and Connect
The focus of PITCH lies strongly on capacity building, and to support civil society to champion their stories and needs. Community-led organizations are the experts in what the barriers are in their local contexts. Local ownership of the advocacy movement is crucial to inspire and drive national transformation of the HIV response and to ensure sustainability beyond the life cycle of the PITCH programme.
PITCH aims to beat the AIDS epidemic in countries that are most affected by HIV, with a focus on key populations (KPs) and AGYW. PITCH is an advocacy programme that works to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations (CSO) to advocate for public health services for KPs. In nine key programme countries, PITCH will:
- Strengthen local CSOs to advocate for equal access to HIV and sexual and reproductive health related services;
- Ensure equal sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for those most affected by HIV;
- Promote decriminalization, particularly for KPs;
- Build new coalitions and bring local evidence to global policy development level.
PITCH has four goals which we see as key to address the overall objective of PITCH. These goals are:
- Equal access to HIV-related services;
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights for those most affected by HIV.
- Equal and full rights for key populations;
- Strong civil society organizations are successful HIV advocates.
Project Thematic Areas:
Key advocacy and lobby interventions include sensitization campaigns on the health and rights of KPs and AGYW, lobbying for policy change, and building support for an improved and uptake of integrated quality healthcare SRHR services.
PITCH advocacy targets include; relevant regional and national government ministries and departments, police, journalist, donors, CSOs, judiciary, media, cultural and religious leaders, health care providers, Implementing partners, judiciary, politicians, parliamentarians among others.