A holistic approach is required in order to understand the social epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, which is essential to achieve significant results. Collaborative efforts in the form of strategic partnerships serve to improve upon various interventions, as well expertise and more widespread results and outcomes.
It is imperative to acknowledge that there exists complex dynamic between the HIV, culture, societal and demographic context and traditional sexual behaviour. Examining the spread of HIV in the context of development, political and structural change in South Africa lies in the communities and lives of the people with whom we work. In order to understand the multiple factors that contribute to the spread of HIV it is important to acknowledge varying issues involved in the epidemic: poverty, unemployment and uncertainty, violence and limited access to crucial services.
Strategic partnerships therefore are long-term, win-win commitments between two organizations for the purpose of achieving specific organisational objectives such as the mitigation of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. These partnerships enable AFSA to maximize the effectiveness of each participant’s resources and to improve measurably the health and well-being of culturally vulnerable groups.
Expected benefits include improved efficiency and cost effectiveness, increased opportunity for innovation, collaboration, and the continuous improvement of quality and services.
AFSA has played a key role in facilitating the development of strategic and collaborative partnerships between community-based organisations (CBOs) and government departments, relevant role-players and local and district AIDS Councils to maximise use of local resources, and engage in collective action, overcoming obstacles and blockages in the path of access to services and realisation of basic rights.
AFSA’s Strategic Partnerships
These partnerships include bodies such as:
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