Programmes

HEAIDS implements the following programmes and projects in the higher education and training sector:

  1. First Things First HIV Counselling and Testing campaign , which contributes to an objective of the  National Strategic Plan to maximise opportunities for testing for HIV. The campaign provides for the testing of large numbers using HIV rapid finger prick tests, and is supported by and appropriate pre-test and post-test counselling and education programme.
  2. HEAIDS Men's health empowerment programme (campaign tackling the issues of Male sexual health sexuality, HIV prevention, Medical Male Circumcision, Rape and gender based violence) at institutional facilities or off campus by trained health professionals, with pre-counselling and proper follow up care. MMC is promoted as part of a healthy sex life that includes being faithful to a single partner, avoiding alcohol abuse, and wearing condoms.
  3. Curriculum development and integration, to skill academic staff across disciplines to appropriately integrate and address HIV/AIDS in curricula.
  4. MSM and LGBTI programme to promote an enabling environment and access to appropriate HIV treatment, care and prevention services for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexed (LGBTI) persons.
  5. HEAIDS Women's health and empowerment programme, an advocacy, mass media and mobilisation campaign that addresses gender inequalities by encouraging young women to draw on their inner strength, power, and self-confidence to know themselves and what they stand for to guide their life decisions. 
  6. HEAIDS Alcohol and drug abuse prevention programme, a primary prevention response to substance abuse as an HIV risk factor. It involves risk screening and brief interventions including via internet, health clinics, trained professionals and lay counsellors. 
  7. Future Beats, aimed at developing programming around HIV and Aids and related topics like gender violence, substance abuse, human rights and social justice.
  8. Monitoring and Evaluation, through a sector wide framework designed to measure progress against the objectives of the Policy and Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS for Higher Education, which was launched on 29 November 2012. It provides for 23 routine indicators and 10 periodic indicators.