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
Zambia National Strategic AIDS Framework 2011 – 2015: Towards Improving the Quality of life of the Zambian People
The National HIV/AIDS Strategic Framework (NASF) 2011-2015 constitutes a multi-sectoral, multi-layer and decentralised response to HIV and AIDS in Zambia. The Framework is designed to provide adequate space and opportunities for communities, civil society, private sector, development partners (bilateral and multi-lateral agencies) and government institutions to actively participate in the implementation based on their mandate and comparative advantage
The National Strategic Framework for HIV and AIDS (NSF) 2010/11 – 2015/16 defines how we as Namibians – all sectors of society at all levels – are going to respond to HIV and AIDS in the next six years. In developing a National HIV Strategic Framework (as opposed to another Medium Term Plan - MTP), Namibia has shifted the planning paradigm from focusing on service delivery only, to understanding how the service delivery efforts will lead to changes in the lives of the targeted audiences, and therefore impact on the epidemic itself. In so doing, Namibia has identified national priorities and articulated national targets (results) that all stakeholders will collectively contribute to. In this new strategy, we have mainstreamed gender and human rights in the implementation, and monitoring and evaluation strategies.
Namibia National Strategy and Action Plan for the Elimination of new Paediatric HIV Infections and Keeping Their Mothers Alive 2012/13 - 2015/16
The eMTCT strategy runs four years from 2012/2013 and the final reporting period will be 2015/16. Indicators for monitoring the progress of the implementation of the eMTCT strategy are clearly defined and partners are obligated to monitor their pace of achievement using the agreed indicators depicted here. The success of this eMTCT strategy depends on the commitment of all line ministries, development partners, NGOs and communities investing in HIV prevention and care, maternal and neonatal health in the country.
The purpose of this document is to outline the national priorities for the national response to HIV and AIDS for the period 2010 to 2016. These priorities are based on the evidence accumulated locally and are augmented by international best practices. The overall philosophy behind the Second National Strategic Framework is one of prioritization, focus, and intensification. It is through collective and concentrated efforts around these priorities that we will be able to maximize the impact of the national response.
SAfAIDS Policy Brief: Lesotho Violence against Women and HIV: Upholding the Zero Agenda by moving towards a Protective Legal and Social environment for Women
As in other parts of southern Africa, the existence of a patriarchal society in Lesotho furthers gender inequality and normalises gender-based violence. This creates an unsafe environment for women that compromises HIV programming and is in fact, a direct departure from the zero agenda goal of ensuring zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination by 2015. As this brief discusses, a protective legal and social environment is not just a possibility; it is a necessity. Without it, women will continue to be victimised and violated, with correspondingly dire implications for the HIV response. Without it, we risk undoing the gains made against HIV in Lesotho.
National HIV Prevention Strategy For A Multi-Sectoral Response to the HIV Epidemic in Lesotho (2011/12-2015/16)
The National Multi-Sectoral HIV Prevention Strategy, 2011 – 2015, describes how the national HIV prevention response will reduce levels of HIV incidence by directly addressing the drivers of Lesotho’s epidemic. The 2009 Lesotho Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS) data indicate a rapid rise in HIV prevalence among young people, particularly young women. The total number of HIV-infected females aged 15-49 is 27%, but significantly lower at 18% for men the same age. By age 20-24, approximately 24% of women are infected; prevalence increases to 35% for the age cohort 25-29 and peaks at 42% for women throughout their thirties. Male prevalence lags behind female prevalence by about five years, but similarly reaches about 40% among men aged 30-45. With such high average levels of prevalence nationally, the pool of at-risk individuals is likely at or near saturation among adult men and women aged 25-44.