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Documentation of Best Practices

SAfAIDS Approach to Documenting Best Practices

As the leading HIV and AIDS information and communication organisation in the southern African region, SAfAIDS has developed a strategic approach to documenting best practices. This approach has been developed through research and experience in documenting best practices on HIV and AIDS in southern Africa. A description of past projects and publications is presented later in this document. SAfAIDS promotes a Participatory Documentation Process approach which means that an effort is made to maximise the participation of the key stakeholders (partner organisations, beneficiaries, communities, etc.) throughout the six step process. This includes ensuring that people living with HIV and AIDS, women and children are represented.

 

HIV & AIDS Best Practice Documentation and Communication: A Key Information Gap in Southern Africa

In the past decade, there has been an increased demand for the inter-sharing of "Best Practices" in HIV and AIDS programming around the key response areas: prevention, care, support, treatment and impact mitigation, across southern Africa. Extensive efforts have been made by governments, civil society and private sector to roll-out programs - at regional, national community levels, and many have generated vital lessons learnt and evidence of success in their implementation. However detailed documentation of such initiatives, outlining core measures of good programming: Effectiveness; Cost-effectiveness; Relevance; Ethical soundness; Replicabililty; Innovativeness; and Sustainability, remains limited in the region. While recognition of the need to document Best Practices is widely apparent, capacity to identify, plan, conduct, document, and disseminate an HIV and AIDS related Best Practice initiative remains limited.

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Best Practices OVC Africa

Project Hope 1958 - 2008 Best practices: income generation in support of orphans and vulnerable children

SAfAIDS HIV and AIDS Best Practice Documentation Program

In the past decade, there has been an increased demand for the inter-sharing of "Best Practices" in HIV and AIDS programming around the key response areas: prevention, care, support, treatment and impact mitigation, across southern Africa. Extensive efforts have been made by governments, civil society and private sector to roll-out programs - at regional, national community levels, and many have generated vital lessons learnt and evidence of success in their implementation. However detailed documentation of such initiatives, outlining core measures of good programming: Effectiveness; Cost-effectiveness; Relevance; Ethical soundness; Replicabililty; Innovativeness; and Sustainability, remains limited in the region.

Challenging Gender Dynamics In The Context Of Culture

Since HIV was discovered in 1981, a significant body of socio-behavioral research has emerged that attempts to provide deepened understanding of HIV in sociocultural contexts. Researchers since the 1990s have realized that in African contexts, HIV and AIDS are better understood not from a biomedical perspective but rather from sociocultural perspectives.

Documenting Best Practice Programmes that Challenge Gender Dynamics within a Cultural Context

Recognising that in Southern Africa, the limited rights for women and gender-based violence have been key factors driving the HIV epidemic, SAfAIDS, in collaboration with Oxfam International, have initiated a project to explore best practices in address gender, culture and HIV. Through the project, SAfAIDS will develop a booklet on gender, culture and HIV Best Practices in ZImbabwe .

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