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In the twenty years since KwaAfrica has been active, our strategy has been developed and refined in response to lessons learnt and to the evolution of the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Below you can find an abridged version of this evolution and the resulting insights that guide our work today. Check back later for more information.
- An increased appreciation of the importance of early diagnosis;
- The role of awareness-raising and education in allowing our client group to confidently demand and access services, allowing them to effectively explain their side effects and manage their conditions;
- A broad understanding of how HIV/AIDS ties in with broader health issues and the implications this has for service provision and access, and an understanding that prevention of other long-term health conditions is necessary to fight the epidemic effectively;
- The transformative effect that access to ART has had, giving individuals a new lease of life and positive attitude;
- Improved information and awareness of HIV/AIDS is important for people who do not have HIV/AIDS, helping to keep people negative and reduce stigma and discrimination, allowing HIV positive children being more integrated in schools;
- The importance of a progressive and holistic stance on a variety of social issues and appreciating the intersectional nature of the drivers of HIV/AIDS and its reduction. Access to information has led to those who are not HIV positive to have more positive attitudes towards PLWHA, women and girls’ and their communities;
- Concerted engagement with faith groups is important; learning from faith leaders indicates that there is still a high level of stigma to address;
- Increased access to livelihoods enables clients to engage as equals in their communities, increasing their self-esteem and reducing poverty and isolation;
- Advocacy and influencing of service providers is essential to produce integrated health services in the community and accountability to community members;
- Working with girls and boys and women and men leads to an increase in couple testing, improved relationships and those affected by HIV/AIDS;
- Awareness of and education in human rights legislation can be effective in combating the abuse and exploitation of women and children;
- The importance of the demand side in advocating for the implementation and enforcement of elements of the national constitution, policies, national legislation and international UN Conventions, in promoting the rights and welfare of women and children;