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
The Malawi National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (NSP 2011 – 2016) is a follow up of the National HIV and AIDS Action Framework (NAF 2005– 2009), which was extended to 2011. The NSP seeks to provide continued guidance to the national response to HIV and AIDS, building to work done in the past decade. It is informed by the findings of the Community and Stakeholder consultations the National HIV and AIDS Policy Review (March 2001), the Malawi Growth and Development strategy (2011 – 2016) and the Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSP) 2011– 2016; as well as developments in medical and scientific knowledge.
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).
The Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (ZNASP) is a five-year 2011 to 2015, multi-sectoral framework developed to inform and guide the national response towards achieving zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths by 2015. The development of the plan is premised on human rights based planning approach that is complemented by evidence and results based management approaches.
Catalyzing Government Efforts to Reduce Child Mortality and Improve Maternal Health Services through Community Preparedness and Increased Advocacy Efforts in Zambia
SAfAIDS Zambia, with support from Save the Children, have just completed a successful 8-months project where the capacity of Community Based Volunteers (CBVs), policy makers, key stakeholders and parliamentarians was improved to better understand the importance of Maternal Child Health (MCH), and be able to advocate for increased access to services (including SRHR and PMTCT). The project also successes in re-establishing mothers’ shelters for pregnant women in some of Zambia’s remotest villages.
SAfAIDS is a partner in the FACE-Pediatric HIV Consortium led by OPHID, which is implementing a five-year national program to eliminate new HIV infections in children and improve the survival of mothers and children in line with the national strategic plan. SAfAIDS’ principal role in the partnership is to strengthen community participation and engagement in integrated PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Care.
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).