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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:

Implementation of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support Conventions and Declarations in Swaziland and Zambia

This report highlights SAfAIDS’ findings on the implementation of regional and international HIV prevention, treatment, care and support conventions and declarations in Swaziland and Zambia. The assessment, which used qualitative methods to collect data on various HIV and AIDS services, used literature review and consultative meetings and key informant interviews with key stakeholders and focus group discussions with users of services and their representative organisations. SAfAIDS put together technical teams in the two countries comprised of an independent researcher, SAfAIDS staff and an in-country partner organisation identified to conduct the assessment.

Making HIV Prevention, Care, Treatment and Support a Constitutional Issue in Zimbabwe: Amplifying voices of PLHIV

The Zimbabwe National Network of People living with HIV (ZNNP+) with technical support from SAfAIDS is implementing a project titled ‘Making HIV Prevention, Care, Treatment and Support a Constitutional Issue in Zimbabwe: Amplifying the voices of People living with HIV’. The goal of the project is to ensure that the voices and priorities of people living with HIV, especially women and young people, are reflected in Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Reform Process.

Putting LGBTI on the Agenda of HIV and AIDS Programming in Africa: Policy Brief, SAfAIDS

Although the impact of HIV and AIDS on the general population in Africa is well-documented, little research has been conducted to establish the role of same-sex HIV transmission in Africa. Studies conducted in Senegal, Ghana and Kenya indicate significantly higher HIV seroprevalence rates amongst men who have sex with men than in the general population (Cary Johnson, 2007). Far less research has been done to establish the impact of HIV and AIDS on lesbians. Recent studies are indicating that the majority of African men who have sex with men also have sex with women - two thirds or higher, according to some studies (Onyango-Ouma, Biringi & Geibel, 2005; Wade et al., 2005; Angala et al.,

Addressing TB and HIV more effectively in southern Africa: Policy Brief, SAfAIDS

TB, once thought to be a disease of the past or at the very least a disease restricted to poor countries, has re-emerged as the greatest threat to people living with HIV (PLHIV). It now threatens to reverse the huge gains made in the HIV and AIDS arena over the past 25 years. The HIV epidemic is reviving an old problem in well-resourced countries and greatly worsening an existing problem in resource-poor countries. One of the greatest challenges confronting service providers is that the best available treatments are of limited efficacy and are reaching only a small fraction of people who need them. Universal access to effective TB treatment is unachievable with current tools.

High New HIV Infections Amongst Newly Born Children: a threat southern Africa's future: How-to-Card for Parliamentarians

High New HIV Infections Amongst Newly Born Children: a threat southern Africa's future: How-to-Card - A Resource for Parliamentarians

 

This card focuses on a critical HIV prevention strategy - prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), sometimes also called paediatric transmission. Paediatric transmission is now readily preventable and it is vital that we ensure that as many mothers as possible have access to this very important but simple and effective prevention measure.

Demonstrating Leadership by Investing in People Living with HIV: How-to-card 3 - A Resource for Parliamentarians, SAfAIDS 2009

Demonstrating Leadership by Investing in People Living with HIV: How-to-card 3 - A Resource for Parliamentarians, SAfAIDS 2009

 

This card focuses on the critical strategy of building people-centred HIV responses. Where the personal experiences of PLHIV have been translated into helping to shape responses to HIV, significant success has been recorded in combating the pandenmic. 

 

 

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