SAfAIDS Core Strengths include
- Producing and disseminating evidence-based strategic information packages and tools for community development, and to-out with and for marginalized groups and providing strategic and safe spaces for the voices of marginalized populations to speak-out and influence their own agenda.
- Expertise in working with communities to catalyse them to take action and agency in addressing their own challenges through community-transformative process.
- Developing the capacity of peer NGOs/CBOs in effectively framing their mission and response to HIV, SRH and other related development issues.
- Influencing policy transformation, and translation into practice and service delivery.
Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights, HIV Information & Access
Targeting women, young people, adolescent girls and people left behind/ key populations, SAfAIDS focuses on specific SRH pillars of (i) HIV including testing, treatment, viral load monitoring and retention in care (ii) gender-based violence (GBV) especially sexual GBV; (iii) unplanned pregnancies; (iv) family planning and safe abortions (v) menstrual hygiene management (MHM) with links WASH , (vi) prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) and (vii) ASRH (adolescent sexual and reproductive health), including CSE as core approach, and preventing unplanned pregnancies – through a lens of “keeping girls in school” and their right to have control over their sexual and reproductive health. HIV is given specific attention and stand out as sub-pillar on its own during mode of implementation and operational programming. Linkage with reproductive cancers including breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer will be consistently mainstreamed into the above core SRH responses. Integration of TB and Malaria continuums of care is done for all SRH thematic responses.
Gender Equality and Human Rights: Gender Norms and Stigma & Discrimination:
In addressing GBV and other gender norms, and linked stigma and discrimination; SAfAIDS applies gender equality promotion and gender transformation processes at individual and family levels; and among policy makers, local leadership, men and boys, educators and CSO representatives. This thematic focus area also involves promoting gender equality practices at organizational, institutional and community level, within policy and legal frameworks; and structural and systemic drivers of sexual and gender based violence, HIV and harmful practices like child marriages. Emphasis is on promoting women’s rights, gender transformation by men, boys, leaders and placing in the hands of women livelihood tools and resources that will widen their choices and empower them to challenge the systems that oppress them. Within the principle of leaving no one behind the program will address sexual violence and GBV within communities of LGBTI and sex workers by empowering them with advocacy skills to fight for their right to access safe and non-discriminatory GBV, HIV and SRH services.
Integration with other Health and Development Areas:
SAfAIDS links its SRH, HIV and Gender Equality interventions with (i) non-communicable diseases (NCDs) response including those caused by stress, alcohol, and drug abuse; - closely linked with poor SRH outcomes, fuel GBV and HIV among young people, women and men; (ii) other communicable diseases such as Hepatitis B and C ; and (iii) poverty eradication related factors including livelihoods and WASH – both critical enablers (or barriers when absent) for access SRH and HIV services and when present contribute to higher rates of retention in health care; and the education sector, where comprehensive sexuality education, and other SRH interventions are vital to engage both educators and in – school youth, at both secondary and tertiary levels.