LGBTI

About the programme

A number of universities have begun with an electronic based KAP survey that forms Phase 1 of a Global Fund supported 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 persons (LGBTI) at universities. This is in terms of a partnership HEAIDS has established with Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa (Nacosa) for the roll out of the programme at 13 select universities. NACOSA, a network of some 1200 organisations working in the HIV, AIDS, TB and related social development fields, is a Principal Recipient of Round 9 of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Based on the KAP survey results, MSM/LGBTI friendly health services will be strengthened and established. This is to be driven by a funded full time Campus Programme Officer at each of the select universities.

At this time funding constraints allow for only a limited number of institutions to participate in the three year programme, but NACOSA has agreed to seek additional funding in the next Global Fund round to sustain the programme beyond March 2016 and to extend it to include the balance of public universities and possibly Further Education and Training colleges as well.

The National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB identifies MSM/LGBTI persons as a key population to engage for a successful response to HIV.

 Programme Managers

 Alex Semba - University Support

Alex has extensive experience in project management. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Stellenbosch and is currently reading for an MPhil in HIV/AIDS at the University of Stellenbosch. Alex joins HEAIDS from the University of the Western Cape's HIV and AIDS programme where he was the Peer Education Coordinator. Prior to that Alex was a Peer Education Officer, Project Officer and Acting Head of Department at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology's HIV/AIDS Unit.

E-Mail: Alex@hesa.org.za      Phone: 012 481 2802

 

Brenda White -  FET Colleges Support

Brenda White has been appointed HEAIDS: Project Manager for the First Things First HCT campaign in January 2013 to manage the FTF campus activations. Brenda joined HEAIDS from FPD with strong Project Management skills. She holds B Sc Ed and B Com Honours degrees from the University of Johannesburg (previously RAU) and certificates in Pastoral Narrative Therapy (UNISA) and Advanced Health Management Programme (2011, Yale University). She has written and presented on HIV/AIDS services, the role of traditional healers in HIV/AIDS referral, and early detection of HIV/AIDS in children.

E-Mail:brenda@hesa.org.za       Phone: 012 484 1137

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