South Africa: AIDS Consortium
The AIDS Consortium became an Alliance Linking Organisation in May 2011 and plays a key role in the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
The AIDS Consortium was established in 1992 by a group of members including the now Patron, Justice Edwin Cameron, a constitutional court judge.
They boast a network of over 1,000 AIDS Service Organisations (ASO’s) and individuals addressing the AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa. To increase their reach, AC is represented by Regional Offices in Gauteng, Limpopo and the Northwest provinces.
The South African HIV and AIDS epidemic is a generalised one. Women are disproportionately affected; accounting for approximately 55% of HIV positive people. Women in the age group 25-29 are the worst affected with prevalence rates of up to 40%.
According to the HSRC Household Survey, people living in rural and urban informal settlements seem to be at highest risk for HIV infection and AIDS.
Other groups (commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men, commercial migrants, refugees, intravenous drug users, and others), may be at higher risk of HIV than the general population.
WHAT WE DO
A human rights approach
The AIDS Consortium programmes are underpinned by a Human Rights approach as guided by the AIDS Charter which sets out the basic human rights of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Health and Development Africa
The Alliance also works in South Africa as part of a consortium with Health and Development Africa (HDA) and prime contractor PATH, funded by the US Agency for International Development’s AIDSTAR mechanism.
The AIDS Consortium plans to build up skills and competence. The team is working with the South African Department of Social Development to develop a nationally accredited skills programme and manual as well as an intervention toolkit. These materials are being introduced in a cascading skills training programme for caregivers throughout the country.
(Last updated October 2011, contact Barbara Monteiro for more information)