Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA)

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New York City

United States

About Us

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…