The Aids Foundation of South Africa’s (AFSA) Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights programme (SRHR) in partnership with DramAidE held Men’s Health Training sessions using the Brothers for Life model from the 20th to 22nd of August 2014 in Glenmore Pastoral Centre (Durban).
The Training aimed to assist Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) supported/funded by AFSA to be able to institute Brothers for Life chapters for men in their communities and also to establish Zazi clubs for women particularly young girls. The Brothers for Life approach aims to promote good values and principles and to make men aware of the role of social drivers for HIV, the importance of the decisions they make and how these decisions impact upon their future and that of their dependents.
Primary objectives for the Brothers for Life campaign has been to mobilise men to take active measures to improve their and their family’s health, including understanding the evolution of HIV, promoting Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) in their communities, regular HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT), partner reduction, behavior change etc.
A broader level of understanding of awareness on HIV prevention methods and aspect such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI), Gender Based Violence (GBV), Gender and Sexual identity were highlighted as part of the key issues that most men shy away from. The lessons from the training will enhance and shape the SRHR programmes in communities where the AIDS Foundation of South Africa through its partners is implementing the programme.