Educational play at the market place, Zambia © Gideon Mendel/Alliance A Network Support Agent gives advice in Luwero, Uganda © Nell Freeman/Alliance

South & East Africa

Africa is the continent most affected by HIV. In sub-Saharan Africa an estimated 1.5 million people were infected in 2009, bringing to 22.5 million the number living with the virus. These figures conceal wide variations in the nature and scale of the local epidemics.

Communities throughout Africa have taken action to reduce new HIV infections and care for those affected. In recognition of the need to mobilise, support and increase these responses, many have formed community-based and non-governmental organisations. Appropriate technical support is needed to build and improve the skills of such groups to deliver effective programmes.

Where we work

South Africa: Thogomelo Project
South Africa: AIDS Consortium
South Sudan
Africa Regional Programme

What we do

The core of our work is community engagement and mobilisation to increase access to HIV prevention, care, treatment and support services. We actively involve people living with HIV in our programmes and promote their meaningful involvement in HIV policy development and implementation.

All of our programmes work to tackle HIV-related stigma and discrimination in order to improve access to services. This includes training selected members of national AIDS councils, government bodies, networks of people living with HIV and other organisations to understand, identify and develop anti-stigma interventions.

Eight of our twelve country programmes across the whole of the continent have a strong focus on support for orphans and vulnerable children. In South and East Africa we are working with governments to design programmes to help such children in South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia.

The Alliance supports several national antiretroviral and tuberculosis treatment programmes. We train and support people openly living with HIV to promote the uptake of treatment and help people adhere to their medication. We also work with health care providers to improve the quality of services.

We have many activities addressing sexual transmission, mother-to-child transmission and prevention with HIV positive people. We promote the integration of HIV prevention and services related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

    We train and support people openly living with HIV to promote the uptake of treatment  


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