Documentation of Best Practices | SAfAIDS

By: Safaids  11-11-2011
Keywords: Hiv, Aids Information, Hiv And Aids Information

SAfAIDS Approach to Documenting Best Practices

As the leading HIV and AIDS information and communication organisation in the southern African region, SAfAIDS has developed a strategic approach to documenting best practices. This approach has been developed through research and experience in documenting best practices on HIV and AIDS in southern Africa. A description of past projects and publications is presented later in this document. SAfAIDS promotes a Participatory Documentation Process approach which means that an effort is made to maximise the participation of the key stakeholders (partner organisations, beneficiaries, communities, etc.) throughout the six step process. This includes ensuring that people living with HIV and AIDS, women and children are represented.

HIV & AIDS Best Practice Documentation and Communication: A Key Information Gap in Southern Africa

In the past decade, there has been an increased demand for the inter-sharing of "Best Practices" in HIV and AIDS programming around the key response areas: prevention, care, support, treatment and impact mitigation, across southern Africa. Extensive efforts have been made by governments, civil society and private sector to roll-out programs - at regional, national community levels, and many have generated vital lessons learnt and evidence of success in their implementation. However detailed documentation of such initiatives, outlining core measures of good programming: Effectiveness; Cost-effectiveness; Relevance; Ethical soundness; Replicabililty; Innovativeness; and Sustainability, remains limited in the region. While recognition of the need to document Best Practices is widely apparent, capacity to identify, plan, conduct, document, and disseminate an HIV and AIDS related Best Practice initiative remains limited.

This book presents information on nine organisations working in five countries in the region. It highlights the work of these organisations in the hope that the information on processes, strategies and counter-strategies provided will encourage and support other organisations as they implement similar initiatives in other communities, with the ultimate aim of turning the tide of the HIV epidemic, achieving reductions in incidences of gender based violence, and consequently reductions in new HIV infections.

Best Practices on Challenging Gender Dynamics in Cultural Contexts SWANNEPHA and NATICC Implementing the ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ Programme’ in Swaziland, SAfAIDS 2011

Best Practices on Challenging Gender Dynamics in Cultural Contexts Padare and Women’s Action Group Implementing the ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ Programme’ in Zimbabwe, SAfAIDS 2011

This document presents two case studies selected from some of SAfAIDS innovative work as a regional southern African organisation. In both case studies, it is evident that there is added value when a regional organisation works through strategic partnerships with governments and other key players in a country to implement innovative programmes; initially as pilots and then expanding and replicating in other countries. Very often, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are so involved in fire-fighting in thier own countries, it compromises the time and opportunity to learn from other countries. Regional organisations that have a helicopter view of the region, are better placed to package the necessary information, learning experiences and to facilitate thier cross-sharing across countries. 

Keywords: Aids Information, Hiv, Hiv And Aids Information

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