Reference:  GLO03REQ08817

Application deadline: 10th March 2023 at 23h00

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The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) is a Durban-based NGO that acts as an interface between Donors and Community Based Organisations (CBO’s) working in the HIV/AIDS sector, by placing donor funds with strategically selected CBOs in South Africa, and providing them with ongoing, technical support & capacity building. The South Africa Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (GF CCM) is responsible for leading the implementation of HIV and TB programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GF) in the country.

The GF CCM has selected the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) to be appointed by the GF as one of the four Principal Recipients (PRs) that will implement programmes funded by the grant, during Apr 2022 – Mar 2025. Serving as a grant manager, the PR coordinates grants’ execution through sub-recipients (SRs), service providers and consultants as the main implementers of the GF programmes. AFSA’s programmes under the current Global Fund grant are implemented in 22 districts in eight of the nine provinces in South Africa. 

Amongst these programmes is the Adolescents & Young People Programme (AYP), Men’s HIV prevention programme (MSP), Programme to reduce human rights-related barriers to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) services, also known as the Human Rights Programme, Gender-based programme (Thuthuzela care centres), Advocacy Programme, Community based /led monitoring and Community Strengthening Systems (CSS) Programme.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the predominant challenges in many areas within South African Societies. Structural inequalities, from South African’s Healthcare system to the country’s Social Security System, have now being exposed.

Individuals seeking medical assistance in South Africa have always sought counsel from Traditional Leaders (TLs) and Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs) and biomedical systems alike. TLs and THPs are usually the first point of contact for all kinds of ailments in the local communities in which they operate. TL’s and THPs play multi-disciplinary roles in the health care of patients in South – that of doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist counsellor, and peer education which contributes significantly to the primary healthcare needs of communities.

This especially in rural areas, where significant structural gaps exist in the public Healthcare System. TLs and THPs have become a much-needed Rapid Responder to patients’ ailments which include HIV, STI’s, TB, various types of cancers and COVID-19, whilst fulfilling their sacred duties of being community custodians of traditional African spirituality, religion and customs, educators about culture, and spiritual protectors of ancient and modern religion alike. Thus, the roles of TLs and THPs have cemented itself as the first point of contact for patients in communities.

It is upon this background that AFSA seeks to appoint 8 consultants to provide training and education to Traditional Leaders and Traditional Health Practitioners. This training will equip TLs and THPs with the necessary information and tools to better serve their communities.

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