Policy & Research
SAfAIDS Policy & Research Unit:
Facilitating Evidence-Based Action across the Southern Africa Region
At SAfAIDS we firmly believe that research evidence should be the starting point of all our programmes. It is the foundation on which policies and programmes are built. As such, the Policy and Research Unit works closely with policy makers and programme partners at regional and national level to facilitate the translation of research into action.
The Policy and Research unit is responsible for all policy and research-related activities for the organisation. The following are the core activities of the unit:
- Conducting original research on HIV and SRH-related issues to inform advocacy activities.
- Analysing policy and research data for repackaging, dissemination, and utilization in the region.
- Conducting Implementing science (operations research) for organizational projects.
- Developing develop policy materials (e.g. policy briefs, position papers) for publication.
The Policy and Research section has the following key areas (also on the sub-menu on top):
- Discussion Forums
- Regional Policy Desk
- Policy Dialogues
- Policy Documents
- Workplace Policies
- HIV Legislation
- Sustaining efforts to accelerate the achievement of Universal Access Goals
Masiza Lukhele is an ex-miner who lives in Buseleni - a chiefdom found in Nkwene constituency. He earns a living from keeping poultry in a small scale that helps him keep his family slightly above the poverty datum line. He was diagnosed with TB while working in the dusty tunnels of one of the South African mines. He first enrolled for treatment in Lebanon hospital in the Republic of South Africa and was successful in completing a six months long treatment. During his treatment he was compelled to retire from work.
SAfAIDS in collaboration with the miners association conducted 2 meetings with TB affected communities in 2 Constituencies (Nkwene and Mpolonjeni) on 19-20th November 2014. During these meetings the communities were given refresher training on TB (with more emphasis on TB symptoms, community coordinated support in identifying TB patients for TB treatment and adherence). The newly developed National Strategic Plan (NSP 2015-2019) on TB was introduced to the communities through a presentation by the National TB Programme (NTP).
Reference Handbook for Young Champions Facilitators
"My Big Story Book - Learners & Teachers Tell Their Stories on Living with HIV": A Practical Guide for teachers
Workbook for Ages10 - 12 Years
Considering the roles that leaders play in society and their responsibility to represent all their constituents, it is critical that leaders advocate on behalf of the LGBTI members of society. Southern African countries have numerous organisations that represent the needs of LGBTI individuals, often under very challenging conditions. These organisations can be more effective if they have the support of political, traditional and religious leaders.
This document reflects a broad consensus, at several levels, on strategic approaches which will guide the response to HIV and AIDS in the 2010 to 2014 period. Its philosophy endorses a results]based approach, orientated by principles such as those of human rights, multisectoralism, systems strengthening, the economy of resources, and respect for socio]cultural dynamics which influence the behavior of Mozambican citizens.
The publication of the National Strategic Plan on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Tuberculosis (TB) 2012 – 2016 marks a milestone in our nation’s response to the dual epidemics of HIV and TB. This five-year strategy reflects the progress we have made in achieving a clearer understanding of the challenges posed by these epidemics and the increasing unity of purpose among all the stakeholders, who are driven by a shared vision to attain the highest impact of our policies towards our long-term vision of zero new HIV and TB infections. Working together, over the past few years we have been able to register some marked progress in a number of critical areas in our response, such as a significant reduction in the vertical transmission of HIV and expanding access to a comprehensive package of HIV, STI and TB services.