SAfAIDS ‘Transforming Lives’ programme is working to build a policy environment that ensures sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights for ALL. The programme is built on four strategic pillars: policy development; policy advocacy; social accountability monitoring (SAM) of SRH; and regional evidence and knowledge sharing.
UNAIDS set Fast Track targets on HIV prevention and treatment that are aimed at ending AIDS by 2030. These include reducing new infections to 500,000 and 200,000 by 2021 and 2030 respectively. By 2020 it is however hoped that 90% of people will know their HIV status, 90% are on treatment and 90% of them with viral suppression. These fast track targets have now been coined the “90*90*90*” goals.
The KP REACH programme was formulated by KP networks and NGOs in southern Africa, to address the high levels of HIV infection among sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) and women who have sex with women (WSW). The programme is being implemented in eight southern African countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The focus is on strengthening regional KP networks and community systems in the region. The aim is for these groups to advocate for policy change and change attitudes and beliefs in order to reduce HIV incidence and mortality among KPs and increase the sustainability of the HIV response.
Zimbabwe is mainly a patriarchal society in which boys and girls are taught from early childhood to internalize societal messages about how males and females are expected to behave, who makes decisions, and where power dynamics lie. These behaviors contribute to reinforcing unequal gender roles and responsibilities that culminate into high risk of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases.
We have a dedicated team of skilled information and design specialists with over 15 years’ experience in the production of health developmental information, responding to the information needs of different sectors and communities in Southern Africa. We are specialists in sexual and reproductive health issues, including TB and HIV, gender, and best practise documentation, and bring an in-depth understanding of local contexts to inform our work.
Transformational Leadership Academy (YPLA) is based at the SAfAIDS Regional Office, in Harare Zimbabwe, and targets young women and men aged between 18 and 24 years. The goal of YPLA is to build on the leadership capacity of selected young women and men across southern Africa to lead and direct a vibrant youth movement in their respective countries. Candidates are selected from Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Academy aims to change minds, bodies and whole lives for positive SRH outcomes for young people and the creation of a well-rounded leader. The programme also seeks to improve candidates’ leadership qualities with special emphasis on areas such as gender, sexuality and SRHR. The Academy was established through support from Sweden, as part of the Sustainable Communities of Real Excellence (SCORE) Programme. The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to a sustained 50% reduction in new infections and improved positive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes for communities in southern Africa by 2018.
We Want To See People In Africa Realise Their Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights And Be Free From The Burden Of HIV, TB And Other Related Developmental Health Issues.
SAfAIDS mission is to be a centre of excellence that promotes effective and ethical development responses to SRH, HIV and TB intergrated with livelihood strategies; through advocacy, communication and social mobilization (ACSM)