Yesterday, HIVSA launched an interactive art installation to raise awareness about HIV amongst youth in the lead up to World Aids Day on Monday, 01 December 2014. The pop-up exhibition, on the busy upper level of Southgate Mall in Johannesburg, incorporates a visually inviting presentation of important statistics about HIV with an opportunity for visitors to actively engage with the information.
HIVSA works to build capacity at 50 Community Based Organisations working with Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and Youth in the areas of Soweto, Sedibeng and Orange Farm.
Every day there are 2 000 new HIV infections occurring daily and a quarter of these are girls between the ages of 15 – 24. In addition, 25 million of the 35 million HIV infected people worldwide reside in Sub Saharan Africa (70%). According to the most recent HSRC HIV prevalence survey, more than 400 000 new HIV infections occurred in 2012, with South Africa ranking first in HIV incidence in the world. This means that traditional HIV interventions have largely failed the country with the proportion of South Africans infected with HIV having increased from 10.6% in 2008 to 12.2% in 2012, and the HIV incidence in young women rating more than four times higher than males.
HIVSA is a South African non-profit organisation that was established in March of 2002. It offers comprehensive, therapeutic care to those individuals infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as their families (especially those living in impoverished circumstances).
Our vision is to reduce the impact on South Africa of HIV/AIDS and other health-related issues, in collaboration with the community and other key stakeholders.
Our mission is to develop and implement innovative and multi-disciplinary programmes that directly contribute to the increased well-being, upliftment and education of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
HIVSA Annual Report 2012: Click here to download pdf
Our Focus Areas
HIVSA has evolved into a dynamic organisation that focuses on the development and implementation of community health projects, including the provision of education and training to the Department of Health and Social Development, Gauteng. In addition we continue to provide support to our local NGOs and other partnering organisations.
- Community Health Projects – We provide support to the most vulnerable in our communities, targeting youth and adolescents, pregnant women and their partners, and the infirm.
- Education and Training – HIVSA is an accredited training provider with the Health and Welfare Seta. We provide a variety of courses, accredited and non-accredited, that are aimed at health workers. In addition, HIVSA provides a Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC) course to counsellors working in the field of HIV and AIDS.