WOZA ASIBONISANE COMMUNITY RESPONSES PROGRAMME

Overview

The Woza Asibonisane Community Responses Programme is a community-based comprehensive HIV prevention, counselling and testing intervention to reduce HIV incidence.  Funded by USAID, with TVT as a sub-partner to the Centre for Communication Impact (CCI), the programme engages local leadership, health facilities and other stakeholders to improve access to HIV-related and other services and works mainly within informal settlements.

Objectives

  • Increase knowledge of HIV and AIDS among community members through delivering tested and evidence-based educational interventions. 
  • Improve access to high impact HIV and AIDS and social services through linkages to services. 
  • Foster community ownership of HIV and AIDS mitigation interventions through engaging local leadership and structures.

Activities

  • Community mobilisation and norms change educational sessions using the Stepping Stones curriculum and targeting 15 to 19 year old males and 15 to 24 year old females. 
  • Community mobilisation and norms change educational sessions using the One Man Can curriculum and targeting males of 20 years old and above. 
  • Priority Population Prevention (PP_Prev) educational sessions using the PP_Prev manual and targeting women of 25 years old and above. 
  • Linkage to HIV-related and social services for a minimum of 80% of those reached with educational sessions. 
  • Engage local leaders and influencers to promote uptake of HIV-related services among men.

Achievements

• *COP (Country Operational Plan) 18 refers to the project year from Oct 2018 to Sep 2019.

• Target refers to the number of individuals to be reached with a specific intervention as set at the beginning of the project year.  Reach refers to the number of individuals reached with each intervention by the end of the project year. 

• PP_Prev is a two-hour educational intervention focusing on imparting basic knowledge of HIV and AIDS.  Gender Norms is a 30-hour intervention consisting of 10 sessions of 3 hours each per individual. These sessions give more detailed information on HIV and AIDS, with a focus on addressing community or societal norms about gender that promote the spread of HIV and AIDS. 

• PP_Prev and Gender Norms greatly exceeded initial targets due to the fact that the project was extended from its initial end date of March 2019 to September 2019.  Thus more work was done than initially anticipated. The project has been further extended to run to December 2021. 

• North Central, North Service and West are sub-districts of Ethekwini District in which the interventions were delivered.

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