SAT NEWS Southern African AIDS Trust
Supporting Community Responses to HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa
January to March 2005
MICROBICIDES: RAISING HOPE FOR AFRICAN WOMEN
Prevention of HIV infection among girls and Most of the delegates hoped that mocrobicides
women remains one of the key challenges of would be affordable to most women when they
our time. In an effort to contribute to the are produced as this would promote their use by
development of prevention methods, SAT more people. It would also add more prevention
hosted a regional meeting in Johannesburg, methods for both men and women.
South Africa, from 17 to 19 November 2004.
Funded by the Swedish International Way forward
Development Agency and the Canadian At the end of the meeting, SAT committed itself
International Development Agency, the theme of to do the following:
the meeting was ‘Raising hope for African
women: advocacy and partnerships to • Organise a regional workshop to train
accelerate the development of microbicides’. facilitators who will facilitate national level
meetings on microbicides
Microbicides are substances that are inserted in • Conduct national level meetings on
the vagina (or rectum) to substantially reduce microbicides initially focusing on the five SAT
the transmission of HIV and other STIs. Trials countries with prospect for meetings in other
on microbicides by scientists are trying to southern African countries later
produce different types, for example, gels, • Continue to collaborate with global, regional
creams or suppositories. However, none are and national advocacy groups such as the
ready for human use. If successfully developed, African Microbicides Advocacy Group
made colourless, odourless, safe, affordable, (AMAG) and the Gender AIDS Forum (GAF)
easy to use and store, microbicides would • Facilitate the involvement of key
enable women to take greater control of HIV stakeholders in the microbicides agenda at
prevention and reduce their vulnerability to both all levels
HIV and STIs.
• Produce and distribute a comprehensive
Currently, HIV prevention strategies rely largely report of the meeting by May 2005
on the use of condoms and on men agreeing to • Compile a resource kit on microbicdes
use them. However, it is widely acknowledged
that many women lack the power to negotiate When the meeting ended, there was excitement
condom use within relationships. and hope in the potential of microbicides to
promote women’s sexual and reproductive
The Johannesburg meeting aimed at raising
health rights. Participants committed
awareness, informing and mobilising
themselves to mobilising various stakeholders
community, national and regional stakeholders
at all levels in their various countries to
to accelerate the development of microbicides.
advocate for the speedy development of
The majority of the participants represented
CBOs/NGOs, national and regional networks of
ASOs or PLWHA, National AIDS Councils, and
bodies undertaking clinical trials of microbicides
in the region. There were also international level
stakeholders and resource people.
Delegates at the meeting agreed to increase Contents
and expand community involvement in the News ...................................................... 2
development of microbicides, as well as to
involve men at all stages to ensure School Without Walls ............................. 3
acceptability. They also urged each other to Monitoring and Evaluation...................... 3
work hard towards establishing, promoting and
strengthening links and communication among
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scientists, activists and communities. Contact details........................................ 4
New SAT partners One partner joined the Zimbabwe country
programme. The Union for the Development of
Ten new partners joined SAT between October Apostolic Churches, a network of Apostolic and
and December 2004. Zion churches, was established in Gweru in
Three partners joined the Malawi country 2002. Its activities include peer education and
programme. Ladder for Rural Development is a advocacy against stigma and discrimination.
community-based organisation established in
Ntchisi District in Central Malawi in 2000. Its
activities include HIV prevention, care and SAT welcomes Ernest Chetse, Zoonadi
support for the chronically ill, orphans and Ngwenya and Maria Helena Mbambamba.
Ernest, the Co-ordinator: Human Resources
Friends of AIDS Support Trust was established and Administration in the SAT regional
in Nsanje District of southern Malawi in 1996. Its Secretariat joined SAT in November. He holds
activities include peer education, home-based Masters and undergraduate degrees in
care, support for orphans, chronically ill, youth Industrial Psychology, as well as a Diploma in
and vulnerable women. Personnel Management. He is also registered
as an Occupational Psychologist with the Health
Interfaith HIV/AIDS Secretariat was established
Professions Council. Before joining SAT, Ernest
in Lilongwe in 2003. Its activities include
was Personnel Manager at Old Mutual for 7
coordinating faith-based responses to HIV and
AIDS in Malawi through material production and
information sharing with its affiliates. Zoonadi, Country Programme Manager:
Zambia, joined SAT in December. He holds a
Two partners joined the Mozambique country
Masters in Development Administration and a
programme. Community Vision for the
Bachelors Degree in Public Administration and
Development of Mozambique was established
Economics. Before joining SAT, Zoonadi
in Chissibuca in the south of Inhambane
worked as the Administrative Manager and
Province in 2001. Its activities include peer
Deputy Head of Mission at the Commonwealth
education and HIV and AIDS impact mitigation
Regional Health Community Secretariat in
through sustainable agricultural projects.
Arusha, Tanzania. He also worked as the
Community Association of Women in Zavala Director and Chief Executive of the Zambia
was established in Inhambane in 1999. Its Institute of Management in Lusaka for eight
activities include home-based care and support years.
for orphans and vulnerable children.
Maria, Administrative Assistant: Mozambique,
One partner joined the Tanzania country joined SAT in November. Before joining SAT,
programme. The National Network of Maria had worked as Administrative Assistant
Organisations working with Children was and Executive Secretary for more than 10
established in Dar-es-Salaam in 1999. Its years.
activities include coordinating and networking
with organisations assisting vulnerable children Farewell
and advocating for their rights. SAT bade farewell Angela Tapiwa, Director of
Three partners joined the Zambia country Finance and Administration. We wish her all the
programme. Kubalusa was established in best in her career path.
Kasempa in 2003. Its activities include peer
education, home-based care, support for
children who are infected with HIV or affected
by HIV and AIDS.
St. Kalemba was established in the Manyinga
area of Kabompo District in the North Western
Province in 2003. Its activities include home-
based care, support for children who are
infected with HIV or affected by HIV and AIDS,
counselling and peer education.
Kabompo AIDS Programme was established in
Kabampo in 2002. Its activities include peer
education and support for children infected with
HIV and affected by HIV and AIDS.
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SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS
SWW workshops April 04 - March 05 workshop. Family Support Trust and REPSSI
will co-facilitate the workshop.
National SWW Plans so far January 25 – 29: Twafane Christian Community
Care of Zambia will host the national Strategic
No. of workshops 41 36 Planning workshop. The National Facilitation
Team will facilitate the workshop.
Est. no. of participants 738 733
February 7 – 8: SAT will host the regional
meeting on Collaboration and Coordination of
Regional Bodies. SAT and UNAIDS will co-
Regional SWW Plans so far
facilitate the meeting.
No. of workshops 10 8 February 7 – 11: Youth/parent Crisis
Est. no. of participants 150 137 Counselling Centre of Tanzania will host the
national CABA workshop. The National
Scheduled activities Facilitation Team will facilitate the workshop.
January 10 – 14: Tanzania Media Women’s February 14 - 18: St. Francis Home-based Care
Association will host and facilitate the national of Zambia will host the national workshop on
workshop on Sexuality, HIV and AIDS. Resource Mobilisation. The National Facilitation
Team will facilitate the workshop.
February 14 – 18: Kuyacana of Mozambique will
host the national CABA workshop. Rebuilding February 21 – 25: SAT will host and facilitate
Hope will facilitate the workshop. the regional workshop on Effective Advocacy
and Networking: Challenges, Needs and
January 17 – 21: Rensida of Mozambique will Opportunities.
host the national Stigma and Discrimination
workshop. The National Facilitation Team will February 21 – 25: Musasa Project of Zimbabwe
facilitate the workshop. will host and facilitate the national Gender
January 18 – 22: Foundation for Community
Services of Malawi will host the CABA Network March 05 – 10: Malawi Network for AIDS
workshop. The National Facilitation Team will Service Organisations of Malawi will host the
facilitate the workshop. Survival Skills for PLWHA workshop. The
National Facilitation Team will facilitate the
January 24 – 28: Family Support Trust of workshop.
Zimbabwe will host the national Parenting Skills
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
In the lessons testing projects, KICOSET of knowledge and skills to deal with HIV and AIDS
Tanzania adapted lessons learnt from before they can work on stigma and
Nkhotakota AIDS Support Organisation of discrimination. Community outreach is cost-
Malawi on ‘Tackling stigma and discrimination’. effective and allows more people to learn about
Lado Lado of Mozambique adapted lessons stigma and discrimination in a shorter time.
learnt from Women Neighbourhood Association
Lado Lado project results indicate that even with
of Tanzania, on ‘Income substitution for
limited experience, a micro loan lending scheme
Commercial Sex Workers’.
can achieve high repayment rates. Low interest
End of project results for KICOSET indicate that rates made it possible for commercial sex
identifying factors that promote stigma and workers in the loan scheme to repay their loans.
discrimination is necessary before developing It is possible to transform the lifestyles of
strategies to tackle the problem. Stigma and commercial sex workers. The majority of
discrimination can be reduced if PLWHA are commercial sex workers who benefited from the
included among volunteers in community-based loans no longer depend entirely on commercial
organisations. The whole community benefits by sex work as a means to earn a living. It is also
ensuring greater involvement of PLWHA in possible for commercial sex workers to regain
fighting HIV and AIDS. respectable social standing in their communities
once they leave commercial sex work.
In addition, the findings show that there is need
for a policy framework to guide the
implementation of non-discriminatory practices.
Volunteers and staff must be equipped with
SAT News Page 3 of 4 January to March 2005
SAT SHARE series: CBO/NGO Support • The ability to identify policy gaps, and
provide unique input into policy
SAT has produced the second publication in its development.
SHARE series. The SHARE series: CBO/NGO
support: the role and added value of NGO- Portuguese publications
based CBO/NGO support providers in the
response to HIV and AIDS in southern and SAT has produced the Manuais de Formação e
eastern Africa highlights the role and Prática: 1. Como planear e realizar um
importance of NGOs in providing support to seminário participativo, (Training and Practice
CBOs and other NGOs in responding to HIV Manuals: 1. How to plan and run a participatory
and AIDS. workshop). The publication provides a much
needed resource to guide facilitators through
The publication is largely based upon material the process of training.
gathered at a regional workshop co-hosted by
SAT and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. SAT Info
The publication demonstrates that the strength SAT has also produced the Portuguese
and added value of NGO-based CBO/NGO translation of the SAT Info (the SAT leaflet). The
support providers in the responses to HIV and leaflet is an advocacy tool that gives an
AIDS in eastern and southern Africa depends overview of SAT’s work and achievements. It
on: explains who SAT is, the various SAT
partnerships, the School Without Walls initiative
• A strong understanding and vision of and SAT’s Good Practice Strategy. The leaflet
CBO/NGO support work for HIV and AIDS also lists SAT’s portfolio of publications.
• Thorough understanding of CBO/NGOs,
their strengths and weaknesses
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