Central to the work of AFSA is Grant Making which is the process of bringing in funds and distributing them to our respective implementing partners . This is crucial as a large portion of our implementing partners are grassroots organisations based in rural and vulnerable communities. Some may not have developed the level of expertise to gain access to or manage international donor funding and for this reason, AFSA provides ongoing mentorship and training to capacitate them to become skilled, sustainable and independent entities.
We therefore support a range of programmes which are all focused on a similar objective, to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS for vulnerable communities in South Africa through the delivery of improved community care and support programmes.
The work of our Implementing Partners focus on the following issues:
- Behaviour Change Communication: targeted interventions with hard-to-reach groups and communities at higher risk of HIV infection; voluntary counselling and testing as well as community dialogue, workshops and trainings as well as support groups which serves to help communities to recognise, discuss and respond to the ways in which cultural practices affect health behaviours, as well as mental and physical well-being.
- Combination prevention and Treatment: interventions that serve to bring HIV counselling, testing and treatment, condom distribution as well as other relevant health services to non-healthcare environments in the form of home-based care, mobile clinics and health days.
Care and Support
- Community Care: organisations providing services and training in respect of wellness management, home-based nursing and palliative care, DOTS, ARV literacy and compliance education, and bereavement counselling programmes.
- Child Protection and Wellbeing: organisations engaged in the early identification of vulnerable children and succession planning, facilitating kinship and community foster care, assisting with social grant applications, counselling, and monitoring the well-being of children.
- Poverty Alleviation: organisations promoting and providing training on food security, the development of communal gardens, assisting families to access social grants, support for income-generating activities, & short-term emergency relief for indigent households.
Policy and Practice
- Support for independent NGOs that work to influence change and to inform policy and practice through research, advocacy, legal intervention and social mobilisation.