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The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), established in 1988, was the first registered AIDS Non-Government Organisation in South Africa.
AFSA is a development organisation that exists to mitigate the impacts of HIV and AIDS and poverty through the implementation of health and community development projects in vulnerable communities. Therefore our main focus is rural, vulnerable and hard to reach communities. As a foundation, we act as an interface between donors and community-based organisations (CBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the HIV and AIDS sector, through placing donor funds with strategically selected organisations and providing them with ongoing mentoring, technical support & capacity building.
Our areas of focus includes Combination Prevention and Treatment, Child Protection and Wellbeing, Food Security and Income Generation, as well as Policy and Practice through the promotion of equality, education and access to basic services. Our CBO’s therefore implement interventions under these principles to improve the health status and well-being of their communities and target populations. Moreover, they are located in close proximity to their respective target communities and groups, all of which are made up of local people who understand and experience the needs and challenges first hand. This allows the communities to be their own agents of change to enhance the resilience of the communities, however coping with the catastrophic effects of HIV/AIDS epidemic still requires significant support.