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SAfAIDS receives best practice recognition
Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS)
April 04, 2013
AIDS Training Network (RATN) held the Second Capacity Building Summit
in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 19th-21st March, 2013. Themed,
“Turning the Tide on HIV and Health Through Capacity Building”,
over 200 delegates from 20 countries across the world attended the
summit. The summit sought to catalyze and advance knowledge about
how to make capacity building work for HIV response and achieve
health targets at community, national and regional levels by 2015
focusing on Eastern and Southern Africa.
their capacity building initiatives through abstracts, posters and
skills building presentations. These were shared by 32 organisations
from seven countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa,
Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In his opening remarks the RATN, Executive
Director, Kelvin Storey indicated that the capacity building initiatives
in the global response to HIV and AIDS has been an exciting but
challenging journey. “We want to promote and enhance collaboration
in order to effectively translate and expand on the successes achieved
so far in capacity building for HIV and health delivery”,
and traditions play a role in how communities function as they create
the ethos of a community. To address some of these, SAfAIDS has
been working with traditional and religious leaders under the Rock
Programme to develop their skills so that they are capacitated to
prevent HIV and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in their communities.
At the RATN summit, SAfAIDS rendered a skills building session on
“Engaging Traditional and Religious Leadership in Accelerating
HIV and GBV Prevention through Culture-Transformation Strategies,
engaging the SAfAIDS “Rock" Integrated Model”.
participants with innovative skills and tools to engage traditional
leadership to harness their role in promoting integrated GBV and
HIV prevention. Upon completion of the skills building sessions,
over 200 participants were given an opportunity to cast their secret
ballot vote of the best initiative that was presented well and is
promising to be the best practice. SAfAIDS skills building session
was voted by the participants as the number one most outstanding
capacity building initiative and the organisers (RATN) presented
a certificate of recognition to SAfAIDS. “We are delighted
to be recognized for the work we are doing under the Rock Programme.
We believe that we can achieve great strides through capacity building
initiatives that engage leaders to transform their communities in
the HIV response”, said SAfAIDS Executive Director, Lois Chingandu.
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