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SADC Best Practice Reports

The Member States of SADC have been responding to the HIV epidemic for more than two decades. The combined experiences of the member states is over 200 years, yet these rich experiences have not been fully harvested or systematically documented to guide the Member States and the region at large, in the design and implementation of HIV and AIDS interventions. One of the most useful avenues for strengthening the response is through Member States sharing Best Practices on HIV and AIDS between and within themselves. This will guide and maximise efficiency and effectiveness in responses to the various facets of the epidemic.
 
SADC is fully committed to the challenge of controlling the epidemic and the Maseru Declaration on Combating HIV and AIDS recognises " - that within the SADC Region there have been successes and Best Practices in changing behaviour, reducing new infection and itigating the impact of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, and that these successes need to be rapidly scaled up and emulated across the SADC Region". Both the SADC Strategic Plan and Business Plan on HIV and AIDS advocate the sharing of Best Practices between and within Member States.
 
To provide a systematic working definition for a SADC HIV and AIDS Best Practice, and standardising documentation methodology, the SADC Framework for Developing and Sharing Best Practice on HIV and AIDS was designed. In line with this aim, SADC in 2007, commissioned the documentation of Best Practices in four Member States: Mauritius, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where Best Practices had been identified through a comprehensive selection process involving Governments and National Co-ordinating bodies.
 

Workshop Report - HIV and AIDS Documentation and Commnucation Skills: A Focus on Best Practices

Over the past decade, there has been an increased demand for the documentation and sharing of Best Practices in HIV and AIDS programming in the southern African region. The scale-up of such documentation would serve as a springboard for diverse implementing bodies to replicate interventions that have proven effective elsewhere. The documentation and sharing of Best Practices, has been shown to stimulate improved programme execution based on lessons learnt, to be sustainable, and to reach a larger pool of beneficiaries using minimal resources.

 

In line with the above regional strategic directions, a five-day training course was conducted for representatives from 14 SADC Member States, in South Africa, in December 2008. Representatives from various National AIDS Councils and Ministries of Health were selected to attend the training (see Annex A for list of participants). The participants were experienced programme implementers, communications officers and/or managers working in the field of HIV prevention, care, treatment or support. The training was designed and facilitated by SAfAIDS 

SADC Best Practice Framework

  • SADC MS have committed themselves to UNIVERSAL ACCESS
  • The Best Practice tool can be a useful instrument to scale-up the response
  • There are positive experiences in the region that remain undocumented
  • Identification and documentation of BP has become urgent

SADC Best Practice Zimbabwe

The documentation of these Best Practices will stimulate and encourage the exchange of ideas, and increase collaboration and co-ordination among the multiple actors and institutions responding to the epidemic across the region. It is against this backdrop that the Zimbabwe National AIDS Trust Fund (ZNATF) popularly known as the AIDS Levy, has been documented as a Best Practice.

SADC Best Practice Zambia

The documentation of these Best Practices will stimulate and encourage the exchange of ideas, and increase collaboration and co-ordination among the multiple actors and institutions responding to the epidemic across the region. It is against this backdrop that the Mboole Rural Development Initiative (MRDI) has been documented as a Best Practice.

SADC Best Practice South Africa

The documentation of these Best Practices will stimulate and encourage the exchange of ideas, and increase collaboration and co-ordination among the multiple actors and institutions responding to the epidemic across the region. It is against this backdrop that the Inkwanca Home/Community Based Care project of South Africa has been documented as a Best Practice.
 

SADC Best Practice Mauritius

The documentation of these Best Practices will stimulate and encourage the exchange of ideas, and increase collaboration and co-ordination among the multiple actors and institutions responding to the epidemic across the region. It is against this backdrop that the Mauritius "Methadone Substitution Therapy Programme", under the National AIDS Secretariat and the AIDS Unit of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, has been documented as a Best Practice.
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