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Policy Dialogues

SAfAIDS Policy Discussion Series provides a platform for meaningful discussion of topical issues and current research evidence for the purpose of translating research evidence into responsive policies and programmes to support health-related outcomes. The forums bridge gaps between research, policy and practice by effectively articulating policy-relevant research findings to relevant stakeholders for utilization. These forums engage policy makers, civil society and other key stakeholders in dialogue around critical findings from research on sexual and reproductive health and other health-related issues such as HIV, TB, GBV and PMTCT. The specific theme for a policy discussion forum is developed from pertinent research findings and current topical issues that necessitate discussion on how to make current policies responsive to emerging evidence.

 

Objectives

  • To share current, relevant findings from research on sexual and reproductive health and other related health issues with key stakeholders including policy makers and civil society.
  • To collaboratively examine current health-related policies and programmes for relevance in light of current topical issues and research evidence.
  • To engage policy makers, civil society and other key stakeholders in open discussion of research findings and strategizing on policy (re)formulation and program improvement, i.e., to agree on emerging issues that require policy action.
  • To reach consensus on practical steps to be taken in the translation of research evidence into policies and programmes.

Anticipated Outcomes of a Policy Discussion Forum

  • Increased dialogue on policy issues pertaining to health
  • Increased demand for research evidence to inform policy decision-making
  • Policy recommendations to support health programming

Recently, SAfAIDS has conducted policy discussions in three different countries:

  • Malawi - This discussion focused on the topic “Preventing Unsafe Abortions among young people in Malawi: The Role of Effective Policies”. This was conducted in collaboration with the Reproductive Unit in the Ministry of Health of Malawi
  • Swaziland - This discussion focused on the theme “Mapping Policy Priorities to Promote and Support Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Prevention. This was done in collaboration with the National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS
  • Lesotho - This discussion focused on the theme “Violence against Women and HIV: Upholding the Zero Agenda by Moving towards a Protective Legal and Social Environment for Women”. This was conducted in collaboration with the Lesotho Inter-Ministerial Committee.

To become part of the SAfAIDS Policy Dialogues, contact: reg@safaids.net

 


Related publications:

SAfAIDS Conducts orientation of Traditional Leaders on Early Access to ART for All

MBABANE, 3 October 2014 (SAfAIDS Media) - The Ministry of Health through the MaxART consortium is embarking on a new approach to HIV care in Swaziland. The approach is whereby antiretroviral treatment (ARVs) is offered to willing individuals after a positive HIV test, despite the level of their CD4 cell count, thereby including even those that still feel healthy and might not see the need for starting treatment. This approach still uses the same antiretroviral treatment (ARVs) that people living with HIV take for life and is known as Early Access to ART for All (EAAA).

Gender Challenge Initiative

SAfAIDS thrive to use evidence-based information to design and implement its programmes. With  support from Research Triangle Institute, SAfAIDS is one of the partners implementing the Gender Challenge Initiative funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS/CDC).

The African Child Speaks "Finding our Rights in the Time of HIV" - The Story of Rudo and Themba: Comic book

The African Child Speaks "Finding our Rights in the Time of HIV" - The Story of Rudo and Themba: Comic book, SAfAIDS and Bernard van leer Foundation, 2009

 

Policy Primer - Emerging Issues from Policy Dialogues: Exploring links between GBV, HIV and Culture, SAfAIDS and Oxfam Canada

Policy Primer - Emerging Issues from Policy Dialogues: Exploring links between GBV, HIV and Culture, SAfAIDS and Oxfam Canada, 2009

 

Swaziland ART Policy Dialogue 2

Attendive APD Participants

The aim of this report is to outline the proceedings of the second ART Policy Dialogue (APD), which was held at the National HIV and AIDS Information Centre (NERCHA/SAfAIDS) in Manzini, Swaziland on the 17th of July 2007. The second APD was informed by the initial APD hence the theme "Nutrition, Herbs and ART: How can This Critical Linkage Be Supported By Policy?" Participants included representatives from the six SAfAIDS implementing partners, community based organisations, PLWHA, representatives from MOHSW, media houses, UN agencies, USG to mention but a few.

Swaziland Antiretroviral Therapy Policy Dialogue (APD) Report

This report seeks to summarise the proceedings of, and share outcomes from, the ART Policy Dialogue (APD) that was held at the National HIV and AIDS Information and Training Centre in Swaziland, Manzini on the 16th May, 2007.

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