AFSA has been working with communities and groups of people with disabilities to put the spotlight on the inclusion of people with disabilities (PWD) with the aim to mainstream the inclusion of PWD in all community development efforts and programming.
The programme is implemented in KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini and uMgungundlovu districts.
This programme ensures the inclusion of PWD aged 5 - 35 in the 95-95-95 cascade by mobilising them to get tested for HIV, initiating those who tested positive onto ART and retaining them in care to ensure their viral load suppression. The programme also addresses the intersectionality of HIV and economic vulnerability by training PWD aged 16-24 on economic strengthening methods such as entrepreneurship, employability, and access to basic and tertiary education.
This programme also ensures that the community and the caregivers of PWD are involved in all PWD related barriers to find a possible alternatives and support.
The SPSF project supports small local initiatives that are made up of committed and dedicated people who may belong to any of these structures: self-help groups, community based organisations (CBO’s), faith based organisations (FBO’s) or smaller non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) or small local networks and their members working within their vicinity and context to improve the lives of the marginalised.
SPSF aims to empower communities to act and participate in their own development through actions that are designed, implemented and owned by the communities themselves.
This programme is currently implemented in Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
The OVC Family Strengthening project seeks to improve the well-being of OVCY by mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS, reducing their risk and vulnerability, and increasing their resilience and likelihood of growing up to be healthy, educated, and socially well-adjusted adults. The objectives of the project are:
To increase the number of OVC 0–17 years who receive a comprehensive package of evidence-based interventions that mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS
To strengthen the capacity of OVC caregivers and families to communicate effectively and address the key issues facing children affected by HIV and AIDS, including sexual risk behavior and prevention of neglect, violence, and exploitation
To proactively promote and monitor HIV status knowledge; increase access to HIV services; and support retention, adherence, and viral suppression among enrolled C/ALHIV.
This project is implemented in King Cetshwayo and UGU districts.