HIV & AIDS

In 2000, the magnitude of the HIV and AIDs pandemic and its devastating effects, particularly in the rural areas, compelled Scat to be more active in this area.  Scat  initially responded to the pandemic by finalising their own HIV and AIDS policy and sharing this with their rural partners.

Shortly after the millenium, in response to a request from project partners, Scat initiated an HIV and AIDS programme. This ongoing programme focuses on intensifying the development of local responses to HIV and AIDS in a rural development context, and according to the specific needs of each participating community. Scat provides an additional grant to the qualifying LDAs for the implementation of the programme and facilitates skills development.

To date, the outcomes are multifaceted responses to the situation including dealing with stigma, home based care, counseling and support, food security and also ensuring the protection of the rights of HIV positive people and their families. The programme started with six activator sites, grew to 32 sites at the height of HIV related funding in 2009 and now supports eight activator sites.  

Scat's HIV and AIDS programme is a multi-award winning programme, in both 2007 and 2008 Scat won the Silver Award (R20 000) from The Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre for our HIV and AIDS Activator Program. The award was used to share a project's success story with others to encourage the adaptation of their innovation in other contexts around South Africa.

Our current HIV and AIDS programme is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency and is coordinated by Kezziah Mestry.