Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA)
SWAA's mission is to advocate on behalf of women, children and families in the fight against HIV/AIDS. SWAA mobilizes communities by strengthening capacity to prevent, control, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic.
In many instances, SWAA efforts have led or contributed to many notable achievements:
- Programming to reflect the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on women and children, especially in the prevention of parents to child transmission of HIV
- Access to information about HIV/AIDS prevention, control and mitigation through various media, including television, videocassette recorder, and satellite technology
- Advocacy leading to inclusion of women on policy making bodies
- Advocacy against gender based discrimination in access to antiretroviral drugs (ARD), care and support services
- Training programs development and evaluation to build capacity to mainstream women concerns into HIV/AIDS control efforts
- Stigma reduction to enable PLWA to seek counselling and treatment
- Lobby and Advocacy for better services for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
SWAA is doing community based activities across 40 countries in Africa
- Prevention: women education, youth sensitization, sex workers sensitization, male and female condom promotion and distribution, community mobilization for voluntary testing, income generation activities for vulnerable girls and women, media ….
- Care, support and treatment: VCT centres organized, social support to PLWA and OVC, care and treatment, ARV, nutrition, home visits, counselling, national AIDS hotline, social mobilization against stigma…
- Capacity building, networking, partnership with the national AIDS Council/Program, activism, lobbying, advocacy, resource mobilization, etc…