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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.

Changing the Rivers Flow for Young People

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.

Materials Development

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.


The DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) Initiative is an ambitious $385 million partnership to reduce HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in HIV priority areas within Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The 10 DREAMS countries, all in sub-Saharan Africa, accounted for nearly half of the new HIV infections that occurred among AGYW globally in 2014.

Young People's Leadership Academy - YPLA

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.


What We Do

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.

Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights

Sexual and reproductive health and rights or SRHR is the concept of human rights applied to sexuality and reproduction. It is a combination of four fields that in some contexts are more or less distinct from each other, but less so or not at all in other contexts.

HIV Prevention

HIV is spread only in certain body fluids from a person infected with HIV. These fluids are blood, semen, pre-seminal fluids, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by having sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with someone who has HIV.

HIV Treatment

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the use of HIV medicines to treat HIV infection. People on ART take a combination of HIV medicines (called an HIV regimen) every day. ART is recommended for everyone infected with HIV. ART can't cure HIV, but HIV medicines help people with HIV live longer, healthier lives.

Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights.

Orphans & Vulnerable Children

As a consequence of HIV and AIDS, Zimbabwe is facing one of the biggest challenges it has ever had to confront. The lives of millions of children, adolescents and young people have been redefined by HIV and AIDS (UNICEF, 2005).


Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) is a member of the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance. SAfAIDS heads the Alliance's thematic cluster on health, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and HIV.

Key Populations

Key populations, identified by UNAIDS as female sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), and injecting drug users, have the highest risk of contracting and transmitting HIV. Yet they also have the least access to prevention, care, and treatment services because their behaviors are often stigmatized, and even criminalized.

  • Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights
  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV Treatment
  • Human Rights
  • Orphans & Vulnerable Children
  • Gender
  • Key Populations

Latest News

Village head vies for gender transformation in Sanyamaropa
Published: 05-26-2017
I am Misheck Sanyamaropa acting headman of Sanyamaropa village in Nyanga District under DOMCCP a SAfAIDS partner. SAfAIDS Fatherhood Club is inducing a positive emotion in my life. I married young ...
From the Executive Director’s Desk: The SAfAIDS Young People Leadership Academy Programme
Published: 05-18-2017
The SAfAIDS Leadership Programme came after the realization that there is a leadership gap amongst adolescent girls and young women, especially in areas of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), Gender ...
I am no Bill Gates but my philanthropic work speaks for itself-Felistas Kasabila (Zambia)
Published: 05-18-2017
My heart aches at the thought of any kid who is unable to attend school as a result of poverty. I believe that at least if they write can their own names, there is a glimmer of hope in their life. ...
Leaving a mark in my community-Trintance Nagogoda-Malawi
Published: 05-18-2017
Being a leader is not just a position but knowing who you are is real leadership. My poor background did not stop me to become the person l wanted to be. It actually motivated me to become a better ...
Creativity begins with empowerment! CTRF program at the core!
Published: 05-18-2017
It is always a hustle when you believe you are somehow superior to girls in the same class as yours. Back then l never knew what gender norm transformation was. I grew up with the belief that girls ...
Creating a vibe for young people, Irish Aid youth camp at Mbizi game Lodge.
Published: 05-18-2017
In an effort to bring young people together, SAfAIDS conducted a Youth for Gender Transformation (Y4GT) club youth camp under the Integrated Approach to HIV and Gender Based Violence (Irish Aid ...
Stepping up for women and girls to achieve gender equality! Judah Chiruka-Mafararikwa High school
Published: 05-18-2017
I would like to tell you my “l story” as a Young for Gender Transformation Club Facilitator (Y4GT). When l was sixteen last year (2016), l was chosen by my guide and counselling teacher to join the ...
A sister with a voice, a road which is never easy to tread!!-Tendai Sibanda
Published: 05-12-2017
I am a product of one of the guerrilla fighters who were moving around the country during the time of ceasefire (liberation struggle), raping vulnerable women without giving a hoot. My mother as one ...
Infamous beer halls in Norton scooping all: Young people, men and women
Published: 05-11-2017
          The community gathered at Ndaiziva Community Development Trust SAfAIDS partner, Ndaiziva Community Development Trust, organised an intergenerational dialogue in Norton, facilitated by ...
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SAfAIDS mission is to be a centre of excellence that promotes effective and ethical development responses to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV (including PMTCT) and TB through advocacy, communication and social mobilisation.