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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):


Related publications:

Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands Family Fun Day

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN) held a fun day for its workers and their families at Cresta Lodge on 5 January 2012. SAfAIDS provided logistical support to the event combined for both the adults and children. The master of ceremony was the famous Hazvinei Sakarombe (DJ Chillie) who led the event right through to end of day. Mrs Barbara Joziasse the Dutch Ambassador to Zimbabwe graced the occasion as guest of honour.

Position Paper: Leveraging Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) to Reduce HIV-Related Vulnerabilities in Southern Africa

Executive Summary

Different policies, systems, and programmes for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) have led to substantial positive results in southern Africa such as well-spaced, healthier families and modest decreases in infant and maternal mortality. HIV prevention efforts have led to significant declines or notable stabilisation in HIV prevalence in southern African countries. However, given the current state of the HIV epidemic today, the parallel processes of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV prevention may have peaked in their effectiveness. They have remained separate and detached, despite the logical connections between them.

Doing it by yesterday: Accelerated workplace policy development

Praxis Note. 60: Doing it by yesterday: Accelerated workplace policy development: Experiences from SAfAIDS Zimbabwe, February 2011

NGO Delegation at the 27th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, December 2010

What happened at the 27th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) in Geneva, Switzerland, 6-9 December 2010

AIDS, Leadership and Service Delivery in South Africa: What people think, IDASA

AIDS, Leadership and Service Delivery in South Africa: What people think, Institute for Democracy in South Africa, (IDASA)


This paper builds on the findings of the Governance and AIDS Programe's (GAP) local government study by Chirambo and Steyn (2009). In that study it was discovered that that there is fear of ostracism among councillors that influences their attitude towards disclosure, VCT and antiretroviral therapy, with implications for their effectiveness in service delivery... This paper is also motivated by the desire for a balanced involvement of consumers and suppliers in the provision and consumption of HIV and AIDS goods and services, just like the supply chain of purely private goods.

Translating Rhetoric into Reality: Implementing HIV policies in Swaziland and Zambia: A synopsis of key findings

This document summarises the fi ndings of research by SAfAIDS on implementation of regional and international HIV prevention, treatment, care and support conventions and declarations in Swaziland and Zambia. The goal of the assessment was “to assess the extent to which the Governments of Swaziland and Zambia have eff ectively implemented HIV and AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support strategies in line with the major international commitments and declarations to which they are signatories”.

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