History

The Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) was established in 2000/2001 as a partnership between the then  Department of Education (DoE), the South African Universities Vice-Chancellors Association (SAUVCA) and the Committee of Technikon Principals (CTP). It was funded until 2005 by Britain’s Department for International Development, Development Cooperation Ireland, and the Centres for Disease Control in the United States. Seed funding was provided directly to institutions and a national office, the Programme Coordinating Unit ((PCU), was established in 2002 to manage the programme and support institutions.

 HEAIDS Phase 1 succeeded in implementing several elements of an HIV/AIDS prevention and control strategy. Key focus areas included:

  1. Curriculum Integration
  2. Care and Support
  3. Voluntary Testing and Counselling
  4. Peer Education
  5. Workplace Programmes

The programme undertook a range of activities, including pilot studies, data gathering and impact analyses. 

 From 2005/6 to 2009, Phase 2 of the programme proceeded on the basis of an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the South African Government (SA), with the DoE as the implementing authority and Higher Education South Africa (HESA) as its implementing partner. 

 Phase 2 focused on:

  1. development of a sector wide Policy Framework on HIV/AIDS
  2. HIV Prevalence and Related Factors research
  3. a sector Framework for Workplace Programmes
  4. evaluation of a teacher education pilot project
  5. research into the roles of educators
  6.  an HIV/AIDS Communications Toolkit

 Phase 2 established the need to channel the response through the mission of HEIs i.e teaching and learning; research and innovation; and community outreach.

The current Phase 3 of the programme, which is aligned to coincide with the timeframes of the 2012-2016 National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB, emphasises effective implementation of a comprehensive response at all institutions. This phase seeks to develop:

The current Phase 3 of the programme, which is aligned to coincide with the timeframes of the 2012-2016 National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB, emphasises effective implementation of a comprehensive response at all institutions. This phase seeks to develop:

  1. the sharing of "best practices" to help overcome unevenness in institutional responses and build a unified sector response for impact of scale
  2. resource mobilisation for national programme management and the institutional response
  3. smart national and local partnerships in a resource constrained context
  4.  sector wide and institutional Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks
  5. Policy Framework alignment with the 2012-2016 National Strategic Plan (NSP)
  6.  practical implementation of a comprehensive institutional response that interalia:-

- integrates HIV, STIs and TB;

- strengthens Campus Health services;

- addresses social, economic and behavioural drivers;

- includes curriculum development;

- enriches Health and Wellness programmes; and

- focuses  on combination prevention.

The programme has since April 2011 been funded by National Treasury through the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and has been supported to extends its mandate to benefit the TVET sector.