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Documentation of Best Practices

SAfAIDS Approach to Documenting Best Practices

As the leading HIV and AIDS information and communication organisation in the southern African region, SAfAIDS has developed a strategic approach to documenting best practices. This approach has been developed through research and experience in documenting best practices on HIV and AIDS in southern Africa. A description of past projects and publications is presented later in this document. SAfAIDS promotes a Participatory Documentation Process approach which means that an effort is made to maximise the participation of the key stakeholders (partner organisations, beneficiaries, communities, etc.) throughout the six step process. This includes ensuring that people living with HIV and AIDS, women and children are represented.


HIV & AIDS Best Practice Documentation and Communication: A Key Information Gap in Southern Africa

In the past decade, there has been an increased demand for the inter-sharing of "Best Practices" in HIV and AIDS programming around the key response areas: prevention, care, support, treatment and impact mitigation, across southern Africa. Extensive efforts have been made by governments, civil society and private sector to roll-out programs - at regional, national community levels, and many have generated vital lessons learnt and evidence of success in their implementation. However detailed documentation of such initiatives, outlining core measures of good programming: Effectiveness; Cost-effectiveness; Relevance; Ethical soundness; Replicabililty; Innovativeness; and Sustainability, remains limited in the region. While recognition of the need to document Best Practices is widely apparent, capacity to identify, plan, conduct, document, and disseminate an HIV and AIDS related Best Practice initiative remains limited.

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Families and Communities for the Elimination of Pediatric HIV (FACE Pediatric HIV Programme)

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.

How the African Union Youth Volunteers are Making a Difference

“The AU Youth Volunteer Corps is a continental development program that recruits and works with youth volunteers, for deployment in all 54 countries across the Union.”

A Collection of Success Stories in OVC Programming in Zimbabwe: Sharing and Learning from Experiences for Improved Programming

A Collection of Success Stories in OVC Programming in Zimbabwe: Sharing and Learning from Experiences for Improved Programming, SAfAIDS, NAP for OVC, 2011

A Success Story: The Etafeni Trust Fit for Life, Fit for Work Programme

A Success Story: The Etafeni Trust Fit for Life, Fit for Work Programme: Integrating Economic Empowerment Skills into Sexual and Reproductive Health Programming for Young People

Turning the Tide on Gender Based Violence Summit Report: November 1st-3rd, 2011 Harare, Zimbabwe

The SAfAIDS Regional Summit, Turning the Tide on Gender Based Violence, HIV and Culture in Southern Africa, held from November 1st-3rd, 2011, in Harare, Zimbabwe, is the second such cross cultural learning conference to date1. This was a combined event which included the north-south annual conference, regional monitoring and experience sharing events.

Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS Challenging the Sexual Cleansing of Ifutha to Address GBV in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA), a South African community-based organisation located in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township is one such organisation working to challenge and address harmful cultural beliefs and practices that heighten women’s susceptibility to HIV infection and to experiencing gender based violence.

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