The AIDS Foundation of South Africa has played a significant role in supporting organisations that are directly involved in advocating for human rights and equality for South Africans. The key advocacy partners of AFSA includes Section 27, Sonke Gender Justice, the AIDS Legal Network, the Foundation for Professional Development, the World AIDS Campaign International and Centre Media Trust to name a few.
Progress made in the area of influencing policy and practice was quite significant. AFSA; together with our NGO partners in particular, made a substantial contribution to the development and costing of the new Strategic Plan for HIV & AIDS & TB; participated in the Joint Primary Healthcare Forum that discussed, debated and made recommendations on the role and status of community health workers in the planned re-engineered primary health care system; facilitated the development of guidelines and charters of good practice for traditional medical practitioners and ritual initiation schools; AFSA and traditional health partners hosted and facilitated traditional health practitioners’ policy forum; assisted traditional health practitioners to make submissions to government regarding the Traditional Health Practitioners Act; and translated the summary of the Act into Zulu.
AFSA exclusively contributed toward the financing of the “Community Encounters” track at the 5th South African AIDS Conference as well as contributing to the scholarship fund to enable representatives from community-based organisations to attend the conference as well as the upcoming 6th South African AIDS Conference. Furthermore AFSA will be launching a book, ‘Male Circumcision- A Guide’ at the conference.
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