HIVSA has provided varied support to the communities it serves and has also developed a number of education and training programmes to support the people who provide services within the district health system.
HIVSA will upscale its assistance to the Department of Health in all provinces by providing training, developing mentorship and supervisory skills, and supporting the new primary health care re-engineering process.
With HIV services now being integrated into the broader health system, HIVSA is looking at innovative ways of providing information on mother and child health, as well as chronic illnesses that impact on our communities at primary health care level.
HIVSA, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is only too aware that many of the community-based organisations and NGOs, who are the main healthcare support structures in communities, are often without the necessary infrastructure and basic materials needed to upgrade services to their community.
HIVSA, through support from the Elton John Aids Foundation, has developed an innovative new cellphone service which allows South African women and their partners access to relevant, up-to-date, health information on HIV, pregnancy and baby health.
This project offers invaluable support to pregnant women and mothers and in addition provides relief to nursing staff who don’t have the time to interact at this level with each woman.
Launched in April 2010, the national HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) Campaign aimed to test 15-million sexually active individuals of 12 years and older by the end of June 2011.
To maintain the high success rate of the Soweto PMTCT programme during this transitional period, it is critical that all pregnant women, both HIV-negative and HIV-positive, have direct access to updated, high quality, information relating to the prevention of mother to child transmission.