Our History

The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), established in 1988, was the first registered AIDS Non-Government Organisation in South Africa.

AFSA initially acted as an interface between donors and community-based organisations (CBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the HIV and AIDS sector, placing donor funds with strategically selected organisations and providing them with ongoing mentoring, technical support & capacity building.

The organization has since evolved, strategically repositioning itself over the years as a holistic development organisation in response to the changing course of the HIV and AIDS epidemic and the development challenges faced in South Africa. AFSA has remained true to its original model of working with organizations located and operating in close proximity to target communities and groups. This is because at AFSA we strongly believe that the best way to implement interventions and achieve meaningful results is to involve local people who understand and experience the needs and challenges being addressed. This model enables partner organisations to implement relevant and effective interventions to improve the health status and well-being of their communities and target populations with the technical support experience built over the last 25 years at AFSA.

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