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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World AIDS Day is globally commemorated every 1st day of the month of December. In Swaziland the 2014 World AIDS Day event was held in Lubombo Region at Siteki sports ground.
The MaxART Consortium information desk during the WAD commemoration event
SAfAIDS in partnership with the Family Life Association implemented a Sexual Reproductive Health ( SRH) national dialogue on Family Planning for young people. The dialogue brought together 30 young people from different organisations working with young people to discuss SRH issues affecting them. The organisations included AMICAALL, Super buddies, Swaziland Young Women’s Network (SYWON), Khulisa umntfwana, Rock of hope, FLAS and SWANNEPHA.
Masiza Lukhele is an ex-miner who lives in Buseleni - a chiefdom found in Nkwene constituency. He earns a living from keeping poultry in a small scale that helps him keep his family slightly above the poverty datum line. He was diagnosed with TB while working in the dusty tunnels of one of the South African mines. He first enrolled for treatment in Lebanon hospital in the Republic of South Africa and was successful in completing a six months long treatment. During his treatment he was compelled to retire from work.
SAfAIDS in collaboration with the miners association conducted 2 meetings with TB affected communities in 2 Constituencies (Nkwene and Mpolonjeni) on 19-20th November 2014. During these meetings the communities were given refresher training on TB (with more emphasis on TB symptoms, community coordinated support in identifying TB patients for TB treatment and adherence). The newly developed National Strategic Plan (NSP 2015-2019) on TB was introduced to the communities through a presentation by the National TB Programme (NTP).
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.
“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.”