SAfAIDS mission is to be a centre of excellence that promotes effective and ethical development responses to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV (including PMTCT) and TB through advocacy, communication and social mobilisation.
SAfAIDS vision is to ensure that all people in Africa realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and are free from the burden of HIV, TB and other related developmental health issues.
Established in 1994, SAfAIDS is a regional non-profit organisation based in Harare, (Zimbabwe), with country offices in Pretoria (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia) and Manzini (Swaziland). For the last 20 years, SAfAIDS has implemented programmes in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. SAfAIDS is recognised for its capacity to bring national lessons and experiences to regional advocacy and knowledge – sharing platforms.
Through its work, SAfAIDS uses advocacy, communication and social mobilisation (ACSM) strategies to influence changes in policy and social practices. In recognition of the role that stigma and discrimination, gender inequality and related social structures and norms play in driving the epidemic and creating barriers to access to services in southern Africa, SAfAIDS works to address gender equality and the rights of women, girls and key population groups, to access sexual reproductive health services and rights by confronting complex issues like culture, human rights and stigma. In the past 10 years, SAfAIDS has complemented national programmes in HIV/TB Prevention, uptake of testing and HIV treatment, HIV treatment literacy, reduction of gender-based violence (GBV), treatment as prevention, and linking HIV and sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
SAfAIDS’ primary target group is policy makers and the most vulnerable and marginalised communities, whilst our secondary target group is the general population that require a specific service. SAfAIDS works in partnerships with non-governmental (NGOs), faith-based (FBOs), AIDS Service Organisations (ASOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) and the media to reach our target populations.
SAfAIDS priority areas of focus:
1. HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment
2. Integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
3. Addressing the links between HIV, culture and GBV
4. Addressing the rights of marginalised communities (LGBTI and people living with HIV
(PLHIV) and sex workers to access health services.
SAfAIDS’ Model for Social Change
SAfAIDS’ work is centred on the belief that people have an inherent capacity to solve their own problems. However, they can only act when they have the relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes that will catalyse them into action to change their situation. Our work is based on a socio-ecological model of behaviour change that seeks to influence change at the individual, family, peer, community and policy level.